Our prediction for this match:
After sharing the spoils with Cameroon, Japan will be looking to return to winning ways when they face yet another African side – Ivory Coast in a friendly. The Samurai Blue failed to turn their dominance into goals against Cameroon, and, no doubt, head coach Moriyasu will make changes to the starting XI for the Ivory Coast clash.
The Elephants, on the other hand, did well to hold Belgium to a 1-1 draw in their last friendly international, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Utrecht. Ivory Coast did well to beat Japan at the 2014 World Cup, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Serie A ace Franck Kessie, who scored a late equalizer in the 1-1 draw with the Red Devils.