Holders Ivory Coast host Sudan at Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny at Abidjan for the 2017 African Cup of Nation qualifiers.
The Ivorians’ first two games ended in goalless draw against Sierra Leone and Gabon and are determined to get the maximum points from this fixture as they target consecutive AFCON glory.
The Nile Crocodile of Sudan will hope to at at least get a draw from this game to boost their morale ahead of the return leg at their home country next week.
The Ivorian’s have not lost a game since 15th January 2015 and are unbeaten in their last 10 games. But, 6 of those games have ended in a draw and they have 4 wins during that period.
While Sudan enjoyed a narrow 1-0 win over Sierra Leone, before getting thrashed by Gabon 4-0.
Ivory Coast: Team News
The team will be missing the qualities of Skipper Yaya Toure as he is out due to knee injury, but his brother Kolo Toure alongside Wilfried Kanon and Max Gradel will be joining the team.
Serge Aurier, Geoffroy Serey Die, Gervinho, Wilfried Bony and Salomon Kalou are also expected to be in the team.
Ali Badra Sangaré and Yao Serge N’Guessan are the only domestic league participants in the team.
Ivory Coast: Predicted Line up (4-3-3)
Copa Barry – Kolo Toure, Serge Aurier, Siaka Tiene, Eric Bailly – Max Gradel, Ismael Diomande, Chiek Tiote – Seyou Doumbia, Wilfred Bony, Gervinho.
Sudan: Team News
almost all Sudan national team players play in their local league and have a good understand with their style of play
Sudan: Predicted Line Up (4-4-2)
Akram El Hadi – Abdul Latif Boya, Ali Jafar, Atif Khalid, Ammareh Abdullah – Mohammed Ahmed, Khaled Elalamein, Muhannad Tahir, Ibrahim Salah – Modathi Careca, Raji Abdalati.
Ivory Coast vs Sudan: Head-To-Head stats
The Sudanese team have not won a game against the Ivorians since 1979.
Cote d’ivoire have won their last four games against the Nile crocodile irrespective of the ground played.
Ivory Coast vs Sudan: Prediction
It is without any doubt that the Sudanese team are the underdogs in this fixture, being that they are against the title holders and are playing in the nest of their opponents.
The Ivorians have my bet in this clash, judging by the form in their last 10 games and their unbeaten run that made them the title holders. Also they have not conceded more than a goal in any match since January 20 2015.