England vs. Ivory Coast Tips, Preview and Predictions

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England welcome one of Africa’s strongest sides on Tuesday evening, when Ivory Coast visit Wembley for a friendly clash. This is going to be the first ever meeting between those countries and with plenty of new players being included in both squads, expect and entertaining encounter that might be closer than initially thought, as the Three Lions are clear favourites.

Where and when: Wembley Stadium – 29 March, kick-off 19:45

Where you can see England vs. Ivory Coast: Sky Sports

Last time: Those two countries have never met before, so Tuesday’s friendly is going to be the historic first ever encounter between England and Ivory Coast.

England vs. Ivory Coast Predictions and Preview

England finished another dominating World Cup qualifying campaign in November, as the Three Lions topped Groip I with 26 points after registering eight wins and two draws. With place for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar now sealed, Gareth Southgate will be looking to boast confidence and test some new players in his first friendlies after Euro 2020, as his side face Switzerland and Ivory Coast in the space of just three days.

England are unbeaten since the Euro 2020 final at Wembley, winning five and drawing two games in the process, so spirits will be high, but a victory over the visitors cannot be taken for granted.

Ivory Coast suffered a disappointing elimination on penalties against Egypt in Africa Cup of Nations’ round of 16, but Patrice Beaumelle’s side lost only one of their last 15 games prior to that defeat. The Elephants failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup and are now trying to rebuild, so England should be ware of the many quality players in the Africans’ ranks.

England vs. Ivory Coast full time result odds

Bukayo Saka tested positive for Covid and is in self-isolation, hence unavailable for the hosts, while Manchester Unietd duo Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were surprisingly left out of the squad by Gareth Southgate.

Tammy Abraham, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James and Aaron Ramsdale were all withdrawn from England’s original squad due to injuries, which opened up spaces for two uncapped players to get their first call up. Crystal Palace’s Tyrick Mitchell and Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters will be hoping to make their debuts for England this month, as the youngsters are obviously also in contention for making it into Southgate’s squad for Qatar.

The visitors,meanwhile, called up four Premier League players, as Burnley’s Maxwell Cornet, Crystal Palace’s Wilfred Zaha, Manchester United’s Eric Baily and Wolverhampton’s Willy Bolly all found space in Patrice Beaumelle’s selection.

England vs. Ivory Coast over-under odds

Seven of England’s last 10 games at home have seen under 2.5 goals pay off, while the same applies for seven of Ivory Coast’s last 10 games on the road. At the same time, England scored a combined of 15 goals in their last two games, but the quality of the African side cannot be underestimated and can’t be compared to that of San Marino and Albania. The Three Lions should still be able to win, but without that big of a margin, so going with under 2.5 goals might pay off once again.

England vs. Ivory Coast correct score odds

England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final at the hands of Italy is the only defeat on home soil that the Three Lions suffered in their last 14 games. Southgate’s men won 11 out of those games, while Ivory Coast lost four times for the same amount of games of their travels, including a 2-0 defeat against Niger. England have been absolutely dominant in their World Cup qualifiers, so watch out for a 2-0 win in their favour on Tuesday.

England vs. Ivory Coast first goalscorer odds

Harry Kane scored a combined of seven goals against San Marino and Albania, so the Tottenham striker ended the World Cup qualifying campaign as England’s top scorer with 12 goals. Gareth Southgate is expected to make a number of changes and tweak with his starting XI a little bit, but Kane is tipped to start and is the main favourite to break the deadlock in a 2-0 victory for the Three Lions.

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