Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2022 match:
Ivory Coast will look to cement top position in Group E when they face Sierra Leone in Douala on Sunday afternoon. The Elephants kicked off their AFCON 2021 campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea, with Max Gradel scoring the only goal of the match. Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha should be recalled to the starting XI, with Arsenal winger Nicolas Pepe pushing for a start as well.
Sierra Leone, on the other hand, did remarkably well to hold star-studded Algeria to a goalless draw in their opener, and they are likely to adopt yet another defence-minded approach in Sunday’s clash. However, given Ivory Coast’s attacking potential, we do not believe that the Leone Stars are capable of keeping yet another clean sheet in the group stages of the showpiece tournament. In their last meeting in a competitive match the two teams played out a 1-1 draw.