Belgium vs Ivory Coast 03/05/2014 Free International Soccer Pick and Preview
Ivory Coast vs Belgium
Wednesday 5th March 2014 19:45(GMT)
The Line: Belgium 3/4 Draw 3/1 Ivory Coast 9/2 See the Latest Odds
As with my previous previews I would just like to point out I am not a lover of friendly internationals or betting on them. Too many intangibles so if punting keep it small and enjoyable!
One of the picks of the internationals on Wednesay is the meeting of Belgium and the Ivory Coast. Belgium have assembled or brought through an array of talent, the youth set up in Belgium is responsible for most of these kids and its truly astounding with Hazard, Benteke, Lukaku, Kompany , Vertonghen among the best players in their position in both the Premier League and the world. Kompany as captain of Manchester City has been outstanding and add in the talent of Witsel, Mirallas, Mertens and you can see that this Belgium team is really going to be an exciting team to watch. This World Cup may be one too soon for the talent within the squad with the average age of the squad at just 24 but this is a team and a country to keep an eye on.
The Ivory Coast have the best African squad going to the world cup in 2014 and I have no doubts they will cause problems for lots of the so called big teams. With Ya Ya Toure, Drogba, Kalou, Bony , Gervinho and Doumbia you can see that the strength of this squad is up front with six truly top class strikers in their squad all be it that Drogba is more of an impact sub now. I fancy the Ivory coast to give it their all in this world cup as its probably the last world cup for alot of this squad.
Look for this game to be an open free flowing affair I think we see some goals here too. I'm going to take the overs in a game that promises lots of excitement and loads of attacking talent on display. One can never really tell how these friendlies will be played as there are players traveling from all over and squads getting together at the last minute but I think with these two sets of attacking teams that we will get some goals here. Follow me on twitter@antonpippo