Ivory Coast have looked good so far at the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2021 in Cameroon.
The Elephants finished the group stage unscathed, winning two and drawing one of their three games.
However, it was the last performance against defending champions Algeria that stood out after the 2017 champions left nothing to chance to send the defending champions home after a 3-1 win.
Ahead of this titanic clash, Ivory Coast see themselves as underdogs, underdogs, looking forward to an exciting and tactical clash against seven-time champions Egypt.
Meanwhile, Egypt started the campaign on a shaky note after losing 1-0 to Nigeria in their opening game.
But the Pharaohs have since looked rejuvenated after back-to-back wins over Guinea-Bissau and Sudan to secure a place in the last 16.
The Pharaohs are no strangers to this stage of the competition but believe that despite their poor start they are beginning to find their feet and form up at the right time to do those at home proud by defeating the elephants.
Shape and head to head
Côte d’Ivoire go into this game in better form than Egypt’s two wins and one loss in the same period, with two wins and one draw in their last three games.
In terms of AFCON, this is the 11th meeting between the two at Africa’s greatest football spectacle – making it the most-played game in the tournament’s history.
Egypt have the upper hand when they face Ivory Coast in the AFCON knockout stages, with victories in each of the four encounters.
Date, kick-off time and venue
The game will be billed today 26th January 2022 at Japoma Stadium, Douala and will kick off at 5pm Nigerian time.
Team news and possible lineups
Chief of Ivory Coast Patrice Beaumelle It is expected to field the same starting XI that last time beat ousted champions Algeria, with Sebastien Haller and Nicolas Pepe in attack.
For Egypt, Carlos Quieroz’s Pharaohs will be without duo Akram Tawfik and Ahmed Fatouh, who picked up injuries in their first game against Nigeria.
Ivory Coast XI: sangare; Aurier, Kossounou, Deli, Konan; Kessie, Seri, Sangaré; Zaha, Haller, Pepe
Egypt XI: El Shennawy; Kamal, Hegazi, Hamdi, Ashraf; Fathi, El-Sulya, Elneny; Mohamed, Groundhog, Salah
I think Ivory Coast have played a pretty good role between the two sides so far and after the way they beat Egypt’s northern neighbor Algeria I think the Elephants will win this game.
However, expect a closer and closer game than that against Les Fennec, where Ivory Coast progress with a narrow win.