AFCON 2023 Opening Match Preview- Ivory Coast v Guinea Bissau

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AFCON 2023 Opening Match Preview- Ivory Coast v Guinea Bissau

  Time: 8 pm Venue:  Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara, Abidjan It will be 341 days exactly to the day Senegal triumphed in the finals a

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Time: 8 pm

Venue:  Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara, Abidjan

It will be 341 days exactly to the day Senegal triumphed in the finals at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde on penalties against Egypt after a gruelling 120 minutes of action when the tournament kicks off on Saturday night. Senegal eventually won 4-2 on penalties and won their first-ever trophy in the AFCON in 2021.

Host Ivory Coast at the Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan will commence the anticipated 34th edition of AFCON with a game against West African neighbour Guinea Bissau.

Ivory Coast will have a full intention to win their 3rd AFCON at home as the expectations are high. Jean-Louis Gasset and his Elephants have been in good shape heading into the opening day as they have scored an incredible 16 goals in their last three games.

The midfield trio of Frank Keasie, Ibrahim Sangare and Seko Fofana are expected to dominate Guinea Bissau’s midfield.

Guinea Bissau had never been to the AFCON until 2017 in Egypt and they will make their 4th consecutive appearance in the competition. Baciro Cande has been with the national team for a combined 17 years in two stints. He knows all that it takes to win as he demonstrated in their shocking 1-0 win over Nigeria in the 2023 AFCON qualifiers in Abuja.

Kayserispor’s Carlos Mane and Mama Balde of Lyon are the two players expected to give the Ivorian defence a tough time.

H2H

No competitive fixture has been played between the two as the only meeting was in 2001 when Ivory Coast thrashed Guinea Bissau 4-1 in a WAFU Nations Cup fixture.

Ivory Coast’s last 5 games in all competitions

D D W W W

Guinea Bissau’s last 5 games in all competitions

W L D W L

Prediction

Ivory Coast 3-0 Guinea Bissau

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