Ivory Coast got their Africa Cup of Nations campaign off to a perfect start on matchday one, and they will be looking to continue that excellent start with another win. Meanwhile, the plucky Sierra Leona upset the odds to claim a draw against Algeria on matchday one, and will be hoping for more of the same.
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The Ivory Coast will certainly be considered the favourites to top Group E in the Africa Cup of Nations following a successful result in their opening game of the tournament. They will be looking for a third victory in the major event this year following on from the wins that they recorded in 1992 and 2015.
Ivory Coast came up against Equatorial Guinea in their opening game of the competition on Wednesday, and they edged over the line to pick up a 1-0 victory. The only goal of the game was scored early in the fixture, as Max-Alain Gradel scored with just five minutes on the clock.
Equatorial Guinea didn’t show much by way of an attacking threat, which meant that Ivory Coast could control the ball and wind down the clock in the fairly uneventful fixture.
Sierra Leone picked up one of the big results on matchday one in the Africa Cup of Nations, as they upset the odds to claim a 0-0 draw against defending champions Algeria. That result means that they can still qualify from the group, but that remains a tall order and they must get something from this fixture.
They are certainly a very difficult team to beat, as qualifying would highlight. Sierra Leone lost just once in qualifying Group L, and claimed four draws from the six games that they played. They have already achieved their joint-best performance at the Africa Cup of Nations by reaching the group stage, just as they did in 1994 and 1996.
Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone Head to Head
Sierra Leone have never previously beaten the Ivory Coast in seven previous meetings. Their best result came in the most recent fixture between the sides, which was a 0-0 draw in September 2015. Ivory Coast had won all six previous meetings before that draw.
Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone Prediction
Sierra Leone once again showed that they are an excellent defensive side against Algeria. However, their lack of attacking quality will ultimately mean that they won’t get out of this group. We expect the Ivory Coast to win this game 1-0 on Sunday.
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