Ivory Coast vs Morocco: Predicted lineup, head-to-head, injury news, telecast
A battle of African giants
Ivory Coast and Morocco will lock horns on Friday in an international friendly match between two of Africa’s most successful footballing nations, both teams have a rich history in African football. Morocco aims to extend their winning form when they play against Ivory Coast in their next engagement.
Despite the inconsistent form, the Elephants enter this game with an undefeated sequence, featuring a draw and a victory against Mali and Lesotho respectively. Morocco are coming into this match with a 1-0 win against Burkina Faso.
Saturday, 14 October 2023 at 6:00 PM BST (10:30 PM IST)
Location: Stade Felix Houphouet Boigny
Ivory Coast (in all competitions): W-W-L-W-D
Morocco (in all competitions): W-D-D-L-W
Players to watch in Ivory Coast vs Morocco:
Wilfried Zaha (Ivory Coast):
Zaha is one of the most creative players in the world, and he is also a prolific goalscorer. He has been ranked as one of the best wingers in recent years, and his performances after joining Galatasaray have given him a chance to play for his national team again. Zaha is a talented and exciting player, he can be threatening to any defence in the world.
Azzedine Ounahi (Morocco):
The 23-year-old made a name for himself in the World Cup which was held last year, he is a technically gifted midfielder who is known for his passing ability, vision, and dribbling skills. He is also a good tackler and has a strong work ethic. He scored the only goal in Morocco’s 1-0 win in their last match against Burkina Faso.
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Match facts for Ivory Coast vs Morocco:
- The home team has remained inconsistent in the calendar year of 2023 with four victories, three defeats and a draw in their eight matches so far.
- Morocco has dominated the Ivory Coast by winning all of their previous three meetings.
- Ivory Coast have found just two victories in their previous five home games.
Injury & team news for Ivory Coast vs Morocco:
Ivory Coast will miss Nicolas Pepe again in this international break after he sustained an injury, Zaha joins the team as well. Sofiane Boufal for Morocco continues to miss as he needs three months to recover from his injury. Sofyan Amrabat has got some playing time under his belt and is fully fit to play again for his national team.
Head to Head
Total matches – 8
Ivory Coast wins – 2
Morocco wins – 3
Draws – 3
Predicted lineup for Ivory Coast vs Morocco:
Ivory Coast predicted lineup:
Y. Fofana; Aurier, O. Kossonou, O. Diomande, E. Ndicka; F. Kessie, S. Fofana, I. Sangare; Zaha, Haller, S. Adingra
Morocco predicted lineup:
Bono; Hakimi, Aguerd, Sais, Yahya Allah; Amrabat, El Azzouzi, S. Amellah; Ezzalzouli, En-Nesyri, Ziyech
Match prediction for Ivory Coast vs Morocco:
The two strong African teams have been struggling to score goals recently, but Ivory Coast has been better at keeping clean sheets. This could be a low-scoring match, with both teams playing defensively, Ivory Coast may have a slight edge due to their better defensive record at home, they have conceded only one goal in this stretch. Morocco have some experienced players in their squad, they will aim to extend their winning form when they play against Ivory Coast.
Prediction: Ivory Coast 1-0 Morocco
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