Spain vs Ivory Coast
Tokyo Olympics 2020.
Date: Saturday, 31 July 2021
Kick-off 09:00 UK/ 10:00 CET
Venue: Miyagi Stadium.
Spain and Ivory Coast kick off their first match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Saturday at Miyagi Stadium.
Spain arrived in Japan as the No. 1 contender for the gold medal by a mile.
Their team has a number of top players at the 2020 EURO this summer, including Unai Simon, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, Dani Olmo, Pedri, and Mikel Oyarzabal.
If you name the likes of Marco Asensio, Mikel Merino, and the brilliant Bryan Gil, you will get the strongest team in this game.
Nevertheless, the Spaniards failed to impress in the group phase, despite diving five points through three games.
The only thing coach Luis de la Fuente can be satisfied with is possession. Spain has about 70% of the possession across the group-phase affairs.
No other team in the competition has come close to this number. possession helps the Spaniards reduce the number of chances in front of their goal.
It should come as no surprise to us that Unai Simon has conceded just one goal in three games so far. It came in the dying minutes of the third-round clash against Argentina.
Ivory Coast did not have much quality in their ranks, but that did not stop them from fighting through a strong Group D.
They played draws to the likes of Brazil and Germany, where they only won the event against Saudi Arabia.
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Spain vs Ivory Coast Head to head
This will be the first major meeting between the Olympic athletes of Spain and Ivory Coast.
Spain vs Ivory Coast predictions
Spain enters the game as obvious favorites, but we see a lot of positive value in supporting the low term here (rather than going for Spain’s win at 1.45 odds). This team of Ivory Coast can defend well, they have played great Brazilian and German football in this tournament, we don’t see them conceding loads here.
Those who want to chase big trouble can try Spain to win 1-0 at 6.50. Everything points to the same goal as a performer in favor of Spain here. The hardest betting option is Spain to make a clean sheet at 2.00.
Spain U23 vs Ivory Coast U23 Team News
La Roja have coped well with Oscar Mingueza and Dani Ceballos’ injuries and head coach Luis de la Fuente may opt to field the same line-up that held out Argentina in their last game.
Injured: Oscar Mingueza, Dani Ceballos
Ivory Coast U23
Eboue Kouassi is available for selection again as the midfielder served his one-game suspension when the Ivorians played Germany last time out.
He might come straight into the XI with the rest of the line-up unchanged.
Spain Under-23s possible starting lineup:
Simon; Cucurella, Torres, Garcia, Gil; Pedri, Zubimendi, Merino; Olmo, Oyarzabal, Asensio
Ivory Coast Under-23s possible starting lineup:
Tape; Diallo, Dabila, Bailly, Singo; Keita, Kouassi; Gradel, Kessie, Kouame; Dao