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Among the tournament favourites, the Ivorians began their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea thanks to Max Gradel’s early strike in their opening match.
With the top two certain to qualify, along with the four best third-placed teams, a second victory would secure smooth progression with a game to spare, but this should be no walkover.
Sierra Leone faced a daunting task in their own opener as they faced defending champions Algeria, but they emerged with a famous goalless draw after frustrating the holders.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone is scheduled for a 4pm GMT kick-off on Sunday, January 16, 2022.
The Japoma Stadium in Douala, Cameroon will host the match.
Where to watch Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Football
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via Sky Go app.
Live blog: Keep up to date with Standard Sport’s live blog.
Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone team news
Ivory Coast remain without goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo, who was expected to be their first-choice at the AFCON but was suspended by Fifa on the eve of the tournament over an alleged doping violation.
Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha and Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe were both left out of the starting lineup for the opening game and face a battle to displace Maxwell Cornet and Gradel.
Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone prediction
Ivory Coast were far from the only heavyweights to make hard work of their opener but their quality should shine through. Defeat by a narrow margin would hardly be a disaster for Sierra Leone either after their point against Algeria.
Ivory Coast to win 2-0.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Ivory Coast wins: 6
Sierra Leone wins: 0