Equatorial Guinea and Ivory Coast will get their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaigns underway when they face off on Wednesday at 7pm (UK time).
Placed in a group alongside defending champions Algeria and Sierra Leone, neither side can truly afford to lose this game if they are to automatically qualify for the knockout stages. Equatorial Guinea are at Afcon for the third time and first since 2015 when they finished fourth, while only Egypt (25) have been at more Afcons than Ivory Coast (24) but they have managed just two victories in 1992 and 2015.
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Equatorial Guinea team news
A large number of the Equatorial Guinea squad ply their trade in Spain, including first-choice goalkeeper Jesus Owono who is at Alaves in La Liga. The 20-year-old will be between the sticks for Equatorial Guinea in what is a relatively young squad, with 19 of their 28 players 25 or under at the start of the tournament. The elder statesman of the squad is captain and all-time top goalscorer Emilio Nsue who will join the midfield aged 32, despite being known as a full-back from his Middlesbrough and Birmingham spells, and not having a regular club this season.
Equatorial Guinea predicted XI: Owono; Akapo, Coco, Anieboh, Ndong; Bikoro; Nsue, Ganet, Machin, Miranda; Siafa.
Ivory Coast team news
Sebastien Haller is expected to lead the line for Ivory Coast at his first major tournament since switching allegiances from France, being in excellent form for Ajax in the Eredivisie and Champions League this season. He is likely to be joined in the front line by Nicolas Pepe and Max Gradel, who consistently starts on the left wing. A potential switch to a three-man defence, as shown in their last competitive game against Cameroon, would also allow Maxwel Cornet to start. Franck Kessie and Jean Michel Seri are likely to control the midfield
Ivory Coast predicted XI: Gbohouo; Kossounou, Bailly, Boly; Aurier, Kessie, Seri, Cornet; Pepe, Haller, Gradel.
Scoreline prediction: Equatorial Guinea 0-2 Ivory Coast
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