The Warm-Up; Ivory Coast vs Guinea (Match 7)

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Ivory Coast

VS

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Guinea

Date: January 20th, 2015

Venue: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo

City: Malabo

Time: 18:00 (CAT)

Form Guide: (Last 3 Qualifiers): Ivory Coast LWD

October 15th: Ivory Coast 3 – 4 DR Congo

November 14th: Sierra Leone 1 – 5 Ivory Coast

November 19th: Ivory Coast 0 – 0 Cameroon

Form Guide: (Last 3 Qualifiers): Guinea LWW

October 15th: Ghana 3 – 1 Guinea

November 15th: Togo 1 – 4 Guinea

November 19th: Guinea 2 – 0 Uganda

The Grand Stand Prediction:

The Elephants will be looking to finally come right after failing to impress in recent months, their over reliance on Yaya Toure having a great game has heaped massive pressure on the rest of the side to step up their performances and deliver tangible success to the people of Ivory Coast on the grand stage of African football. Striker Wilfried Bony will be eager to step up and replicate his domestic form by notching a few strikes to help the mainstream media forget about the absence of Didier Drogba, the big man will also be eager to show why his new employers Manchester City splashed out £30m for his services. The younger lads in the side will be looking to ensure that the more experienced chaps have the support they require to finally bring glory to the national team jersey; The Elephants will be motivated and hard to knock down.

With a relatively young and inexperienced yet balanced side, The National Elephants of Guinea will be determined to hold their own in a group where many expect them to be the whipping boys. Known as perennial achievers, Guinea will be looking to build on a good qualifying campaign and show that the current crop of internationals has the quality to mix it up with the best of them in Africa. It will be worth noting how naturally motivated the lads are when they come up against one of Africa’s better sides, the incentive of not just getting a result against the Ivoirians, but also gaining a foothold in what promises to be a tight group, will spur the Guinean players to give a great account of themselves. Their opponents are renowned for always being a tad bit too top heavy and leaving themselves susceptible to penetration at the back, Guinea will to unleash their own attacking talents and see if they cannot spring an upset in what promises to be a goal bonanza of an encounter.

Scoreline Predictions: #GSVPredictor

Uncle Bob’s Prediction: Ivory Coast 2 – 1 Guinea

SportsMano’s Prediction: Ivory Coast 3 – 1 Guinea

Mary’s Prediction: Ivory Coast 2 – 2 Guinea

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