Defending world champions France welcome Ivory Coast on Friday evening for their first friendly since Euro 2020. Didier Deschamps men have already secured their place for the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, while the African side missed to qualify for a second consecutive time, after also missing on the tournament in Russia 2018.
Where and when: Stade Velodrome – 25 March, kick-off 20:15
Where you can see France vs. Ivory Coast: N/A
Last time: The last meeting between those teams was a friendly that ended in a goalless draw at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens back in 2016.
France vs. Ivory Coast Predictions and Preview
France have quickly returned on the right track after their surprising Euro 2020 exit at the hands of Switzerland, with Didier Deschamps men winning each of their last five games, scoring 17 goals in the process. Les Blues are unbeaten in their last seven games, so spirits will be high ahead of the clash against the African side.
The hosts are clear favourites in this one, but Ivory Coast cannot be underestimated, with names such as Sebastian Haller, Nicolas Pepe, Frank Kessie, Wilfred Zaha and Jeremy Boga amongst others. The Elephants suffered a disappointing exit on penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations’ round of 16 against Egypt, so this is a side that is clearly not reaching its’ potential.
France vs. Ivory Coast full time result odds
Karim Benzema was called up by Didier Deschamps, but the Real Madrid superstar is a serious doubt after picking up a knock and even missed Los Blancos’ humiliating 4-0 El Classico defeat on Sunday. Either way, France would’ve probably gone with a younger and more experimental starting XI, as Kylian Mbappe and Kingsley Coman are both expected to start.
The visitors, meanwhile, have their full squad available for their first game after the Africa Cup of Nations exit back in January. Ivory Coast are full of individual talent and have a French coach, who should at least in theory be well prepared for this game. However, Patrice Baumuelle has failed to get the best out of his squad and it’s unlikely he’ll do that in the back yard of the defending world champions.
France vs. Ivory Coast handicap odds
The Blues won three of their last five games by at least one goal margin and you can back them up to beat Ivory Coast by two goals or more at 10/11. If you are looking for even bigger odds, you can go one step further and back the hosts up to win by three goals or more at 13/5, while a France victory by four or more goals seems unlikely but is available at 13/2.
France vs. Ivory Coast correct score odds
Two of France’s last five games, ended in 2-0 victories for Didier Deschamps men, who are heavy 1/3 favourites to beat Ivory Coast on Friday. At the same time, the visitors failed to score in three of their last five away games, therefore our pick is a 2-0 win for the hosts at 4/1 in this France vs. Ivory coast preview.
France vs. Ivory Coast first goalscorer odds
Kylian Mbappe has seven goals in his last four outings for his country, while the PSG superstar has already netted 26 times in all competitions on club level this term. With Karim Benzema coming back from an injury, expect Mbappe the lead the line, so watch out for him to break the deadlock in a 2-0 victory for the hosts at 18/1 in these France vs Ivory Coast tips.