Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast Prediction: CAF | 01/12/2022

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It’s been an exciting start to the African Cup of Nations, but one of the competition’s great heavyweights will begin his campaign on Wednesday night. Ivory Coast will play its first match of the competition against Equatorial Guinea, and will seek to start in the best way.

Africa Cup of Nations Preview

One of the big favorites for this year’s African Cup of Nations will begin their campaign on Wednesday night, as Côte d’Ivoire will look to leave a marker of what they hope to achieve in the competition this winter. However, recent form has been relatively incomplete on the part of the African nation, as they were defeated by Cameroon in a World Cup qualifier in their last match.

However, they qualified for the final of the competition with relative ease, as they won four of the six games they played in Group K. During the qualifying campaign, they scored eleven goals and conceded only five. They’ll need that kind of efficiency on both ends of the pitch for this opener in Group E, which could be an interesting battle between Côte d’Ivoire and Algeria for first place.

Simply reaching the final of the African Cup of Nations will be considered a great achievement for Equatorial Guinea. This is the third time they will play in the event, but on the last two occasions they have automatically qualified as hosts of the competition. Their best performance came in 2015, as they finished the competition in fourth place.

They needed to be in their prime during qualifying to earn their place in the final, but they did so after finishing two ahead of Tanzania. They scored and conceded seven goals overall in qualifying, which means they will need to be stronger on both ends of the pitch for the next few weeks.

Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast Head to Head

This is only the third time the two nations have met in an international match. Equatorial Guinea has yet to register a victory, but did manage a 1-1 draw in the last match against Ivory Coast in March 2015.

Prediction of Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast

Nothing will be decided on the first day of the competition, but the Ivory Coast could make life very difficult if it does not win. They should have too much for their rivals on Wednesday night, which means we hope they will win.

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