Cote-D’Ivoire national team host Sudan in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match. The clash will be played on Friday, March 25.
The hosts have probably the strongest line-up on the continent but they have troubles to prove their strength on the football field. This year they lost the semifinal of African Nations Championship to Mali (0-1) and took 2-1 victory in the battle for the third place with Guinea. The team have failed beginning of this qualifiers tying two starting matches with Gabon and Sierra Leone (0-0 both). The team is currently 3rd with only 2 points. Ivory Coast played 7 matches this year, losing 3 of them and taking wins in other 4. As to performance at home, they are undefeated in last 11 matches, winning 7 of them and drawing 4 with 18-5 goal difference.
Sudan are quite average team comparing to other African teams. They are second in the group after 2 matches with 3 points. They won home clash with Sierra Leone (1-0) and were thrashed on the road at Gabon 0-4. Sudan played 12 matches in 2015, taking only 2 wins, drawing other 4 matches and losing 6 clashes.
Ivory Coast and Sudan have played 4 head-to-heads in their history and today’s hosts won all 4. Moreover, they haven’t conceded a single goal in this matches with 8-0 aggregate goal difference. The hosts of the match shouldn’t settle for anything but another victory in upcoming match.
Prediction for the match: Ivory Coast to win with -1.5 Asian handicap.