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French Cup Preview

PSG will be back in action on Friday evening, as they look to regain the French Cup. The Parisians last won this competition in the 2020-21 season, as they landed their 14th honour. However, they will certainly have questions to answer this weekend, as they were beaten for the first time domestically in their previous fixture. PSG was beaten 3-1 away from home against Lens on New Year’s Day, which saw their unbeaten record in France come to an end. Their lead at the top of the Ligue 1 standings remains a healthy one, but a second straight defeat could lead to questions surrounding the manager. But, the Parisians have been dominant throughout recent history at this stage of the competition. This will be a big moment in the history of Chateauroux, as they welcome PSG to town for the French Cup tie. They currently sit 14th in National, after winning just four of their 16 games this term. Their form over their previous five games has been sketchy to say the least, as they haven’t won over that period. However, they came through the previous round in excellent fashion, as they beat Lege-Cap-Ferret 4-1 away from home. Florian Bianchini, Ferris N’Goma, and Celal Bozkurt were among the scorers in that win. Their best-ever showing in the competition came in 2003-04, as they were beaten in the final by PSG.

Chateauroux vs PSG Head to Head

The only previous competitive meeting between the sides came in the 2004 French Cup final. On that occasion, PSG claimed victory following Pedro Pauleta’s strike with just 25 minutes remaining.

Chateauroux vs PSG Prediction

This should be a testing fixture on the road for PSG, but it remains extremely difficult to see past the reigning French champions. PSG look to be the best bet to win this game, and they could claim a 3-0 win on the road. Make sure to bet on Chateauroux vs PSG with 22Bet!" ["post_title"]=> string(61) "Chateauroux vs PSG Prediction: French Cup Match on 06.01.2023" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(38) "chateauroux-vs-psg-prediction-06-01-23" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2023-02-06 15:20:25" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2023-02-06 12:20:25" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } }
France vs Ivory Coast Prediction: International Friendly Match on 25.03.2022

France vs Ivory Coast Prediction: International Friendly Match on 25.03.2022

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The World Champions, France, take on African giants Ivory Coast at the Stade Velodrome on Friday 25 March, at 21:15GMT, in a massive friendly clash that will go a long way in revealing the strengths of both teams. 

Match Preview

Can France Fine-Tune their Winning Machine Ahead of the World Cup in Qatar in November?

After the disappointing exit to Switzerland in the UEFA Euros in June on penalties at the round of 16, Didier Deschamps will be looking at sharpening his talented squad and readying them for the World Cup in November.

The journey to Qatar has already begun, and the clash with Ivory Coast will be crucial in preparing the reigning World Champions to defend their crown.

Didier Deschamps will be assessing his options in the squad and looking to gain answers regarding who he can call upon for the task in Qatar.

Can Ivory Coast put behind them the Disappointment at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and Shock the World Champions?

The Elephants will be bitterly disappointed in their 5-4 penalty exit from the Africa Cup of Nations at the hands of Egypt in January. 

The Elephants will be even more disappointed that they are not involved in the playoffs for World Cup qualification in Qatar.

The West Africans will be looking for a statement win against the World Champions to begin picking up the pieces.

Form Guide


Le Bleus have been in scintillating form over the last six rounds of international fixtures.

Didier Deschamps’ men have won five times while drawing once in this run. Le Bleus have scored 17 goals in these six matches while conceding 4. 

France have also kept three clean sheets in the process. 

Ivory Coast

In their last six international matches, the Elephants of Ivory Coast have won three times, drawn twice, and lost once in all competitions.

The West Africans have scored nine goals while conceding four in the process. The Elephants have also kept three clean sheets in the process. 

Possible Starting Lineups


Lloris; D. Upemecano, K. Zouma, J. Kounde; L. Digne, A. Tchouameni, A. Rabiot, L. Dubois; A. Griezman, K. Mbappe, M. Diaby

Ivory Coast

Sangare; S. Aurier, E. Bailly, S. Deli, G. Konan; I. Sangare, J. Seri, F. Kessie; N. Pepe, S. Haller, W. Zaha

Players to Watch

K. Mbappe

This being a friendly encounter, it remains to be seen whether Didier Deschamps will select Mbappe for this match. However, the PSG ace is one of the best players in the French squad.

Blessed with pace, trickery, and bundles of energy to burn, Mbappe has increasingly become a talisman for Le Bleus. His goal scoring is crucial for France in deciding matches in their favor.

Mbappe is a difference-maker for the Deschamps’ side, and he will be central to all the attacking moves that France will make against Ivory Coast on Friday if he starts. 

W. Zaha

The Crystal Palace ace has been a boon for Ivory Coast since he decided to play for the Elephants. 

He is blessed with blistering pace, a bunch of tricks to beat his man, and an eye for goal. Zaha is increasingly becoming a crucial piece of the Ivor Coast’s attacking jigsaw.

If he starts against France, Zaha will be a major outlet for the Elephants, especially coming up against a well-polished Le Bleus side that like to keep possession and build-up play patiently.

His pace will give the France defenders a lot to think about, thus giving Ivory Coast a potent attacking presence alongside Haller and Pepe upfront.


Expect France to dominate the ball and build-up play patiently from the back. Le Bleus will also press higher up the pitch and squeeze the Elephants into a low bloc. This will allow the Le Bleus midfielders a lot of time on the ball to pick runners and cause problems.

Ivory Coast will look to be solid and pragmatic. The Elephants will be organized in two banks of four behind the ball and pose a threat through transition using wide players – Pepe and Zaha – or the center forward Haller.

France are highly favored to win this match.

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