Africa Cup of Nations hosts Ivory Coast open up the competition, as they take on Guinea-Bissau in group A. They enter the tournament as fourth favourites to win it all behind Senegal, Morocco and Algeria (SkyBet), so they will be hoping to get their campaign off to a strong start.
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Kick-off time: 8 pm
Venue: Alassane Outtara Stadium
Ivory Coast will be looking to win their third Africa Cup of Nations title following previous triumphs in 1992 and 2015. It will also be the first time they are hosting the tournament since 1984. Their opponents, Guinea-Bissau, will be hoping to provide an upset in just their fourth appearance in the competition. They qualified for the first time in 2017, but have not made it past the group stages in three attempts.
Led by head coach Jean-Louis Gasset, Ivory Coast will be bringing a squad with plenty of big names, including Borussia Dortmund striker Sebastian Haller, Nottingham Forest midfielder Ibrahim Sangare as well as ex-Barcelona player Franck Kessie. Most notably omitted from the final squad were former Premier League stars Wilfried Zaha and Eric Bailly. Haller has struggled this season, however, failing to score in 11 Bundesliga appearances so far.
Baciro Cande, head coach of Guinea-Bissau, selected a 25-man squad for the tournament. Whilst they have no household names, Midtjylland forward Franculino Dju has emerged as a young player to watch. The 19-year-old has already scored six goals and assisted two in 14 league games for his club, as well as scoring the winner for his country in the final AFCON qualifier against Sierra Leone.
Elsewhere in the group, they will face Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. Alongside Ivory Coast, Nigeria are among the competition favourites.
In AFCON qualifying, Guinea-Bissau scored 11 goals and conceded five, but will find it tough to get past Ivory Coast keeper Yahia Fofana who has let in just three goals in his last five appearances. They may also struggle to keep them quiet at the opposite end, with the hosts scoring 16 in three games. Their attack is spearheaded by Haller, and he is supported by the likes of Jeremie Boga, Simon Adingra and Nicolas Pepe.
The two sides have met just once before in history, with Ivory Coast coming out on top as 4-1 winners in the West Africa Nations Cup in 2001.