Mali v Ivory Coast Prediction & Betting Tips, 8th July 20196th July 2019 / lee
Mali v Ivory Coast Africa Cup of Nations Preview, 8th July 5.00pm
This could be a really good tie. Mali were group winners from the first round of action but they will be going into this game as underdogs. The Ivory Coast had to settle for a second place finish in their group stage campaign behind Morocco. The winner faces Algeria or Guinea in the next round. Read our Mali v Ivory Coast betting tips for more.
Mali v Ivory Coast Betting Odds*
Ivory Coast 13/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2019 at 5:13 p.m.)
Mali News and Form
Mali were sound and secure in the group stage. They took good wins over Mauritania and Angola, while they held their own against Tunisia in a draw. Those seven points saw them win their group by a comfortable margin. Mali took back to back third place finishes at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 and 2013 but then were knocked out at the group stage in the previous two. So this is a good step forward for them.
Mali’s form is inconsistent, but they are a tough side to beat. They are W5 D4 L2 in their last eleven games and the two defeats in that sequence were one-goal margin losses against Senegal and Algeria, two of the stronger teams around. Mali’s win over Angola in their third group stage game is their only clean sheet in their last six, which will be a little bit of a concern for them.
Mali v Ivory Coast Head to Head
Ivory Coast earned four points from World Cup 2018 qualifiers against Mali
The Elephants are W11 D4 L2 in the head to head against Mali
Just one of the last six meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Things are even at one each and two draws in the last four meetings
Ivory Coast News and Form
While they managed to take wins over South Africa and Namibia in the group stage, the Ivory Coast missed out on top spot. That was because of their 1-0 loss against Morocco in the group’s heavyweight showdown. That only secured them second place in the group. Still, that is progress because they failed to get past the group stage in their title defence at the 2017 tournament. This is not the easiest of round of sixteen ties for them though.
The Ivory Coast have lost just two games since September last year. They are W8 D2 L2 in the twelve matches in that sequence of games. They have scoring power in them, having scored at least three goals in four of their last eight fixtures. It’s just that they don’t always look the most secure at the back. They have picked up the one clean sheet in their last six games now. Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia and Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha have both gotten on the scoresheet in this tournament.
Mali v Ivory Coast Tips & Odds
Who will win – Mali v Ivory Coast Predictions
This could be a really close game. Mali are not going to be a pushover at all in this one, even though they are underdogs. This has a decent chance of going beyond the 90 minutes, so it is the draw in the match outright which appeals.
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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!
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