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Ivory Coast vs Zambia Prediction, Odds and Free Betting Tips (3/06/2022)

Ivory Coast will face Zambia in their opening fixture from the new qualifications for the Africa Cup of Nations on Friday.

Ivory Coast vs Zambia: Top Free Betting Tips

Zambia are one of the national teams that have played the fewest games over the past year – how will they perform against a strong side like Ivory Coast.

Total Goals – Over 2.5 Goals

Ivory Coast are two of the rare African national teams that often have goal-packed games and score a lot of goals individually. Ivory Coast score more than 1-2 goals in most of their home games against African national teams while Zambia concede a lot and often add up at least one from themselves. We expect goals from both sides and one of the most interesting games from all qualifications that will be played this week.

Match Result – Ivory Coast

While both teams will likely have their chances, Ivory Coast have always been a much stronger team and we expect them to qualify for the AFC tournament too. They are the favorite to win this group and we expect them to start with a win over Zambia. Ivory Coast reached the 1/8 finals of the previous AFC in January while Zambia did not even qualify. They also played a lot less games and their squad does not have that quality or chemistry.

Both Teams To Score – Yes

While we expect Ivory Coast to win this match, we think that there will be at least one goal per team. Zambia might not be a great team overall but they score goals in almost all of their fixtures – official or friendly. It is interesting that while Ivory Coast win almost all of their home games – 8 out of the last 10 in all tournaments, they conceded a goal in 8/10 games too. So, most of their matches have been overs too.

Ivory Coast vs Zambia: Form, Recent Games, and News

Ivory Coast Preview

Ivory Coast have one of the strongest squads in Africa and always are a real contender for any tournament. While they performed under their level in the previous AFC, we have huge expectations for the team. Some of their huge names include Sebastien Haller, who is the top-scorer of Ajax, Nicolas Pepe – a striker for Arsenal, Wilfred Zaha – a forward for Crystal Palace, and defender Serge Aurier (Villareal), midfielder Franck Kessie (AC Milan), and others.

Zambia Preview

Obviously, Zambia do not have Ivory Coast's squad and have lower chances to win this group or even qualify for the tournament as the second seed. None of their players perform in huge European sides and overall, their squad is incredibly young and untrained together.

FAQs regarding Ivory Coast vs Zambia

Ivory Coast vs Zambia

Where will this game be played?

This fixture has been scheduled for the Stade de Yamoussoukro in Yamoussoukro.

When does the match start?

This fixture has been scheduled for 20:00 UTC on Friday.