Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone go head to head in their second Africa Cup of Nations fixture and we will be previewing the clash in this Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone prediction article.
Our Top Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone prediction
Ivory Coast will be buoyed by their opening-day victory as they go in search of a place in the knockout stage and we can see them coming away with all three points in this one.
Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone – Match Preview
The Japoma Stadium plays host to Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone on Sunday as they face off in matchday two of Africa’s flagship tournament.
Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone – Team Previews
Ivory Coast opened their AFCON campaign on a winning note following a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday.
Winger Max Gradel opened the scoring after just five minutes and that was enough to drag Patrice Beaumelle’s men over the line in Douala.
The Elephants currently lead the way in Group E, two points clear of Algeria and Sunday’s opponents Sierra Leone ahead of this weekend’s game.
While their display was far from convincing, Ivory Coast managed to get the job done in their curtain-raiser and now set out to seal a place in the last 16 ahead of a mouth-watering clash against Algeria in their final group-stage match.
Premier League duo Nicolas Pepe and Wilfred Zaha both had to make do with a cameo appearance last time out and will be pushing for a start here.
Max Gradel’s winner versus Equatorial Guinea was his 16th international strike and he is now one goal away from a place in the top ten of the all-time scoring chart.
Predicted lineup; Badri Sangare; Ghislain Konan, Eric Baily, Simon Deli, Habib Maiga; Franck Kessie, Jean Michael Seri, Ibrahim Sangare; Wilfred Zaha, Sebastien Haller, Max Gradel
Sierra Leone upset the odds in their opening game versus defending champions Algeria on Tuesday which ended goalless.
John Keister’s men had their backs against the wall for the majority of the contest but held firm to secure an impressive point.
Billed as massive underdogs once again, the Leone Stars are aiming to punch above their weight for the second game running.
Mohamed Kamara put up an outstanding performance between the sticks last time out and will need to be in similar form for this one.
Kevin Wright struggled with a knock in the final minutes of the Algeria game and the defender is a doubt for Sunday’s game.
Predicted lineup; Mohamed Kamara; Kevin Wright, Steven Caulker, Umaru Bangura, Osman Kakay; Con Kamara, Kwame Quee, Kei Kamara; Mohamed Buya Turay, Mustapha Bundu, Alhaji Kamara
Down below are the Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone odds:
*Odds from 22Bet, correct as at the time of publishing
Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone Head to head stats
Matches Played: 5
Ivory Coast Won: 3
Sierra Leone Won: 0
Sierra Leone are yet to come out on top in this fixture although they have managed to avoid defeat in each of the last two meetings off the back of three straight losses prior to that.
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