When Group D was drawn, there was an expectation that the action would continue until the final match. Ivory Coast are hoping to stay calm over the next seven days as they face two games to win.
Preview of World Cup qualifiers
Cote d’Ivoire remain the squad to reach in Group D, but there will be a direct shootout between them and Cameroon for first place in the next seven days. The team that scores the most points in the last two games will move on to the next stage.
Ivory Coast led Group D during qualifying and will believe their job is almost done. They have a point ahead of Cameroon by coming in the last two rounds of matches, and have the best attacking record and the best defensive record. So far they have not managed to win once in the group, as they were held by Mozambique. Cote d’Ivoire showed a combative performance in the last game when Franck Kessie scored a late penalty to finish the win against Malawi.
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Mozambique are the only nation to have taken points from Cote d’Ivoire in Group D. If they do so again in this match, then it would give Cameroon a very good chance to advance to the next round.
However, that point in the previous match between the two teams was the only point Mozambique has picked up in qualifying up to this point. They have lost three of the four games they played, scored only one goal and conceded five. Mozambique have lost both of their last two Group D games, having been beaten at home and away by Cameroon in October.
Ivory Coast vs Mozambique head to head
Mozambique have failed to beat Ivory Coast in their last six matches. However, each of the last two matches between the nations ended in a draw. The last of these was 0-0 in September. The Ivory Coast has not beaten Mozambique since June 2008.
Ivory Coast vs Mozambique prediction
Mozambique have a very good recent record against Ivory Coast as they have collected draws in their last two games. However, the hosts will get serious this weekend, as they know their World Cup chances are in the balance. We expect the home team to take the win to stay ahead of Group D.
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