Malawi VS Cote D Ivoire Prediction and Betting Tips

FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) - Malawi VS Cote D Ivoire

Kick off:   08-10-2021 14:00 Friday(GMT+1)

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Malawi will host the Ivory Coast in a critical encounter at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on Friday. The Elephants lead Group D with four points after two matches, but the Malawians are right on their tail, just a point back following their 1-0 win over Mozambique last month.

 

Malawi form (all competitions): DLDLLW

After enduring a difficult two-leg affair in the opening round of qualifying versus Botswana, winning only thanks to a late penalty in the second match 1-0, Malawi have a chance to put themselves in a much better position to make it to the next round with a win over the Ivory Coast. They began this stage with a 2-0 defeat to Cameroon, conceding twice in the opening 22 minutes in a dominant performance by the Indomitable Lions, but they were able to follow that up with a solid performance over Mozambique to get themselves right back in the thick of this race. Meke Mwase, who previously played for the national side, has a chance to do something that no Malawi team has done since 1974, hand the Ivory Coast a defeat. This team came into this group phase struggling, going winless in five straight contests before their defeat to Cameroon, but they will have to put that behind them to have any hope of making it to the third and final qualification round, especially knowing that only the winner of this group will advance. In their previous meeting against the Elephants, the Flames took a surprise lead in the 64th minute only to see Didier Drogba equalise three minutes later as both sides played to a 1-1 draw in a qualifying fixture for the 2010 World Cup. The last time they were at this stage of World Cup qualifying, they had an opportunity to cause a massive upset and advance out of their group, but an own-goal versus Kenya followed by a 2-0 defeat in Nigeria sent the Super Eagles through to round three before they eventually qualified for the finals. This is a relatively young side with no one over the age of 30, so it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure of playing a team like the Ivory Coast, who were among the top teams in the continent not long ago. 

 

Ivory Coast form (all competitions): WWWDDW

After qualifying for three successive World Cup finals between 2006 and 2014, there is a chance for the Ivory Coast to regain its prominence on the international stage. In their 2018 campaign, they appeared to be on their way to Russia before hitting a wall down the stretch, falling 2-1 to Gabon, drawing 0-0 against Mali and finishing with a 2-0 defeat to Morocco. That late collapse cost Marc Wilmots his job as their coach but under new manager Patrice Beaumelle, this side have lost only two of their last 11 competitive fixtures since 2020, including a 1-1 draw with top-seeded Belgium in a friendly in Brussels last year. There is no shortage of quality and individual talent among these players, with the majority of them plying their trade in Europe, but it will be interesting to see how well they can gel as a unit, with so many contrasting styles of play among them at club level. In their previous match, they put together a huge victory versus the side that may be their biggest threat to qualifying for round three of this competition, scoring twice in the opening half-hour to defeat Cameroon 2-1. They are goalless in their previous two road fixtures, including a draw in their opening match of the second round to Mozambique, but the Elephants have never been shut out in six total meetings with Malawi. A nation that was ranked as high as 12th in the world at one point back in 2013 are now down to 54th according to the latest FIFA World Rankings, and they will be eager to regain their status as a powerhouse team in Africa.

 

Betting Verdict:

Historically speaking, aside from a 5-0 defeat in 2009, Malawi have fared well against the Elephants in previous matches but have struggled with consistency this year, unable to beat even mediocre sides, losing to Tanzania and Ethiopia among others, getting outscored 6-0 in that time. The Ivory Coast have quality all over the pitch, and you have to think that they should be able to fire at least one past Malawi.

 

Malawi VS Cote D Ivoire

Pick: Cote D Ivoire

 

Malawi VS Cote D Ivoire Prediction and Betting Tips

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