Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone Preview & Tips
The Elephants are expected to dominate this match against a solid Sierra Leone. I am tipping a narrow win to nil.
- Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone Preview & Tips
- Head to Head
- Ivory Coast Form
- Ivory Coast Team News
- Sierra Leone Form
- Sierra Leone Team News
- Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone FAQ
- Ivory Coast have won 5 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
- Ivory Coast have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 8 matches (all competitions).
- Sierra Leone have failed to score in 5 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
- Sierra Leone have lost 2 of their last 5 away matches (AFCON & WC qualifiers).
Head to Head
Ivory Coast hold a 2-0 advantage against Sierra Leone across four previous meetings with two draws.
The sides last met in the 2016 Africa Cup of Nations as the match ended 1-1.
Ivory Coast Form
The Elephants failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup despite four wins during qualifying.
A 3-0 win in Malawi was followed by a 3-0 home win against Mozambique. Ivory Coast needed just a draw in their final qualifier to top the group but instead lost 1-0 in Cameroon.
The Ivorians won their first match in the AFCON as they beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0. Max Gradel scored in the fifth minute.
Ivory Coast Team News
Wolves defender Willy Bolly is a major doubt due to an ankle injury.
Head coach Patrice Beaumelle could rotate his side with wingers Nicolas Pepe and Wilfried Zaha hoping to start.
Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo, Badra Ali Sangare, Abdoul Karim Cisse, Ira Eliezer Tape
Defenders: Serge Aurier, Eric Bailly, Willy Boly, Wilfried Kanon, Odilon Kossounou, Simon Deli, Ghislain Konan
Midfielders: Habib Maiga, Maxwel Cornet, Serey Die, Ibrahim Sangare, Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro, Franck Kessie, Hamed Traore, Jeremie Boga, Max Gradel, Jean Michael Seri
Forwards: Wilfried Zaha, Jean Evrard Kouassi, Nicolas Pepe, Sebastien Haller, Christian Kouame, Yohan Boli, Karim Konate
Sierra Leone Form
Leone Stars qualified for the AFCON by finishing second in their qualifying group.
A 0-0 draw in Lesotho was followed by beating Benin 1-0 at home. They drew 0-0 with Ethiopia and lost 2-0 to Comoros in pre-AFCON friendlies.
Sierra Leone began the tournament with a heroic 0-0 draw against tournament contenders Algeria.
Sierra Leone Team News
Coach John Keister is expected to name the same side that drew 0-0 with Algeria.
Steven Caulker will anchor the defence alongside former Chelsea fullback Kevin Wright.
Goalkeepers: Mohamed N Kamara, Ibrahim Sesay, Isaac Caulker
Defenders: Yeami Dunia, Saidu Mansaray, Osman Kakay, Kevin Wright, Steven Caulker, David Sesay, Umaru Bangura, Daniel Francis
Midfielders: Mohamed Kamara, John Bankole Kamara, Abu Dumbuya, Saidu Bah Kamara, Prince Barrie, Kwame Quee, Saidu Fofana, Issa Kallon, Idris Kanu, Augustus Kargbo
Forwards: Musa Noah Kamara, Augustine Williams, Mustapha Bundu, Alhaji Kamara, Sullay Kaikai, Mohamed Buya Turay, Kei Ansu Kamara