France vs Ivory Coast Prediction: International Friendly Match on 25.03.2022
The West Africans will be looking for a statement win against the World Champions to begin picking up the pieces.
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This being a friendly encounter, it remains to be seen whether Didier Deschamps will select Mbappe for this match. However, the PSG ace is one of the best players in the French squad.
The journey to Qatar has already begun, and the clash with Ivory Coast will be crucial in preparing the reigning World Champions to defend their crown.
His pace will give the France defenders a lot to think about, thus giving Ivory Coast a potent attacking presence alongside Haller and Pepe upfront.
Mbappe is a difference-maker for the Deschamps’ side, and he will be central to all the attacking moves that France will make against Ivory Coast on Friday if he starts.
Ivory Coast will look to be solid and pragmatic. The Elephants will be organized in two banks of four behind the ball and pose a threat through transition using wide players – Pepe and Zaha – or the center forward Haller.
If he starts against France, Zaha will be a major outlet for the Elephants, especially coming up against a well-polished Le Bleus side that like to keep possession and build-up play patiently.
After the disappointing exit to Switzerland in the UEFA Euros in June on penalties at the round of 16, Didier Deschamps will be looking at sharpening his talented squad and readying them for the World Cup in November.
Possible Starting Lineups
France are highly favored to win this match.
The West Africans have scored nine goals while conceding four in the process. The Elephants have also kept three clean sheets in the process.
Players to Watch
He is blessed with blistering pace, a bunch of tricks to beat his man, and an eye for goal. Zaha is increasingly becoming a crucial piece of the Ivor Coast’s attacking jigsaw.
France have also kept three clean sheets in the process.
Didier Deschamps will be assessing his options in the squad and looking to gain answers regarding who he can call upon for the task in Qatar.
In their last six international matches, the Elephants of Ivory Coast have won three times, drawn twice, and lost once in all competitions.
Le Bleus have been in scintillating form over the last six rounds of international fixtures.
Expect France to dominate the ball and build-up play patiently from the back. Le Bleus will also press higher up the pitch and squeeze the Elephants into a low bloc. This will allow the Le Bleus midfielders a lot of time on the ball to pick runners and cause problems.
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Didier Deschamps’ men have won five times while drawing once in this run. Le Bleus have scored 17 goals in these six matches while conceding 4.
Blessed with pace, trickery, and bundles of energy to burn, Mbappe has increasingly become a talisman for Le Bleus. His goal scoring is crucial for France in deciding matches in their favor.
The World Champions, France, take on African giants Ivory Coast at the Stade Velodrome on Friday 25 March, at 21:15GMT, in a massive friendly clash that will go a long way in revealing the strengths of both teams.
The Crystal Palace ace has been a boon for Ivory Coast since he decided to play for the Elephants.
The Elephants will be even more disappointed that they are not involved in the playoffs for World Cup qualification in Qatar.