The reigning world champions have been very good in recent times. They defeated their opponents in their last five matches against Finland (2:0, 2:0), Belgium (3:2), Spain (2:1) and Kazakhstan (8:0) in World Cup and Nations League qualifiers.
Defenders William Saliba and Jonathan Clauss, midfielder Christopher Nkunku can make their debut for the Blues. Antoine Griezmann has featured in every France game since July 2007, but his streak could be cut short as Deschamps plans a squad rotation for upcoming friendlies. Benjamin Pavard has contracted the coronavirus and will miss matches against Cote d’Ivoire and South Africa. Luca Digne and N’Golo Kante could miss the first game too. Karim Benzema has not been called up for this training camp due to injury, and he was replaced by Olivier Giroud.
Find out more football match predictions today as we always choose the most exciting matches for your attention. This year, the Elephants have never lost in regular time. At the African Cup of Nations, Ivory Coast defeated Equatorial Guinea (1:0) and Algeria (3:1), drew with Sierra Leone (2:2) and was eliminated in the 1/8 finals by Egypt due to a penalty miss by Eric Bailly (0:0, on penalties 4:5).
Now, this defender is in the line-up but has not entered the field since the end of January. Torino defender Wilfried Singo and Sassuolo winger Hamed Traore were not called up for the matches against France and England due to injuries. Crystal Palace midfielder Wilfried Zaha is likely to come out from the opening minutes in the second leg, while Max-Alain Gradel will play on the left flank in Marseille.
The head-to-head statistics between France and Ivory Coast counts only two games. With one goalless draw and confident victory by France, the Blues are slight favourites in this component.
France looks good in the last games, winning five out of five. The game in Marseille will be home to Ivorians to some extent, as most of them started their careers at the top level in the French Ligue 1. It should force both teams to be active in the attack and try to score a lot in front of the local public. So, our prediction is a total of over 2.5 for the odds of 1.87. To win more with huge bonuses, higher odds, and without risks – visit our football betting sites rankings page. A fresh review of the most reliable offers for Indian bettors will be helpful for you.