Ghana and Ivory Coast are set for a heavyweight meeting at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Ghana come into the game to prove a point after a poor showing against Morocco last time out.
Ivory Coast on the other hand, look to continue their impressive run of five games unbeaten.
Ivory Coast claimed a third consecutive victory courtesy of a 2-1 triumph over Burkina Faso on Saturday.
Second-half goals from Ibrahim Sangare and Amad Diallo turned the game on its head after Lassina Traore’s opener before the interval.
Patrice Beaumelle’s men are yet to taste defeat in any of their last five matches since a 1-0 loss to Japan in October 2020.
That was also the last time that Saturday’s visitors failed to find the back of the net, and they have since scored 11 goals in the subsequent five outings.
Ghana were defeated on the road for the second time in three games following a 1-0 loss to Morocco on Tuesday.
Jawad El Yamiq’s header midway through the second half proved to be the decisive moment as Charles Akonnor’s men continue to struggle away from home.
However, the Black Stars have been a real force to reckon with on home turf, winning each of their last three matches by a combined score of 10-2.
They have lost each of their last two clashes against Cote d’Ivoire, which came in the 2010 and 2015 editions of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Saturday’s opponents are 10 places apart in the FIFA ranking, with the hosts in 49th place, while the away side will be looking to make up a 28-point difference in 59th.
Ghana form: L-W-D-L-W
Ivory Coast form: W-W-W-D-W
Andre Ayew has four goals in his last three home games for Ghana, and he is one strike away from becoming only the ninth player to score on 20 or more occasions for his nation.
Not far behind on the all-time scoring chart is Jordan Ayew who is just one goal behind his brother despite having played 27 fewer matches.
Baba Rahman could come in for Gideon Mensah at left back after he was an unused substitute in the home side’s defeat to Morocco on Tuesday.
Amad Diallo opened his account for the visitors with a stunning last-gasp free kick, and he could be rewarded with a starting spot in this one.
Max Gradel’s 83rd appearance last time out put the Sivasspor midfielder on the brink of becoming the 10th-most capped player for the Ivory Coast.
Ghana Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Ati-Zigi; Rahman, Amartey, Opoku, Yiadom; Partey, Iddrisu, Awako; Fosu, A.Ayew, J.Ayew
Ivory Coast Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): B.Sangare; Singo, Bailly, Boly, Aurier; Kamara, I.Sangare, Kessie; Cornet, Haller, Diallo
Ghana vs Ivory Coast prediction
Ghana’s key players returning should be a major boost for Akonnor. However, Ivory Coast come into this game with good form and will be confident.
Prediction: Ghana 1-1 Ivory Coast
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