On Saturday, the Spain Under-23s will face the Ivory Coast Under-23s in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. And here is the predicted football match score for Spain vs Ivory Coast, to be played at Miyagi Stadium.
Both teams earned five points in the group stages. Spain topped Group C whereas Ivory Coast finished second to Brazil in Group D.
- De la Fuente has used the same back four in the last two games. So, Marc Cucurella, Pau Torres, Eric Garcia, and Oscar Gil, may start again in front of goalkeeper Simon on Saturday.
- Striker Oyarzabal and winger Dani Olmo were part of the Spain roster at this year’s Euros too. Plus, they have been constants in Japan this month, along with Barcelona midfielder Pedri. So, all three are likely to start again here.
- After Oyarzabal’s goal in the previous game against Australia, Mikel Merino scored Spain’s second goal in Tokyo. Therefore, the midfielder will also perhaps get another start this weekend.
Spain Under-23s possible starting lineup: Simon; Cucurella, Torres, Garcia, Gil; Pedri, Zubimendi, Merino; Olmo, Oyarzabal, Asensio
- Kouassi of the Ivory Coast served his one-match suspension against Germany in the final group game. So now, he may well return to the starting lineup against Spain.
- Haidara used a 4-2-3-1 formation in their last game. This means that AC Milan’s Kessie and Manchester United center-back Eric Bailly, Ivory Coast’s most influential players, may start again.
- Two of Ivory Coast’s three goals in the group stages have been own goals. However, Haidara may not worry just yet, as his team is putting the opposition defenders under pressure and forcing mistakes.
Ivory Coast Under-23s possible starting lineup: Tape; Diallo, Dabila, Bailly, Singo; Keita, Kouassi; Gradel, Kessie, Kouame; Dao
Predicted Football Match Score for Spain vs Ivory Coast
- Despite dominating possession and registering five shots on goal, Spain began their Olympic campaign with a goalless draw. Luis de la Fuente’s team drew 0-0 against Egypt this summer.
- After Mikel Oyarzabal’s late goal at the Sapporo Dome, though, Spain earned their first win in the group stages. They dominated in performance against Australia, winning by a football match score of 0-1 in the second round of fixtures.
- Meanwhile, Ivory Coast qualified out of Group D, two points behind Brazil. They enjoyed one win and two draws, last with Germany (football live score), in the first week of the Olympics.
Spain has been a low-scoring team this summer. They have scored no more than one goal in a game during the group stages.
Still, we expect De la Fuente’s team to dominate possession on Saturday, limiting Ivory Coast’s chances in front of goal. Spain should capitalize on this by keeping clean sheets for themselves.