Ivory Coast take on the visitors Morocco in a Friendly International match. The match will be played on Saturday, October 14th.
Ivory Coast is not as strong as in the previous generation. The Elephants participated in the FIFA World Cup three times from 2006 to 2014 but consistently exited during the group stage. In 2015, they finally managed to win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), after several previous final losses. However, their current standings are disappointing, having failed to qualify for the World Cup twice in a row. They have also only reached the quarter-finals of the AFCON once in three attempts. Despite this, their squad remains powerful, including players like Aurier, Boli, N'Dicka, Kessie, Gradel, Bamba, Zaha, Ake, and many others. Notably, players such as Bailly, Kone, Diallo, Cornet, Pepe, and Datro Fofana were not included in the squad.
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Morocco is destined to be compared to their successes in Qatar. The Atlas Lions were often highly regarded, particularly in the context of the African continent. They made six appearances at the World Cup and won the AFCON. However, after 1998, they didn't qualify for the World Cup for exactly two decades. In Qatar, they achieved both a personal and continental record by reaching the semi-finals. Following that, the team under Vahid Halilhodzic did not shine as brightly, but it's important to note that they qualified for the AFCON and might lack motivation in friendly matches. Even though they call up their best players, Sofiane Boufal, for instance, won't be available due to injury.
Morocco has won three consecutive matches in this pairing: 1-0 at home and 0-2 away. By and large, this is a warm-up, and playing too defensively is not advisable. We expect total over 2.0 goals.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.0 scored goals.