Both secured good solid victories in their round of sixteen ties, where neither conceded. Algeria are currently second-favourites to win the tournament outright, which leaves the Elepehants as big underdogs for this game. However, Ivory Coast have been edging the head to head against the Algerians. Read our Ivory Coast v Algeria betting tips for more.
Ivory Coast 3/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 9th, 2019 at 7:14 p.m.)
The Ivory Coast only finished in second place in the group stage of this year’s Cup of Nations. That was behind Morocco who the Elephants lost to. They took wins over South Africa and Namibia in the group. That sent the Ivory Coast through to the round of sixteen where they were up against Mali. That was a tight game with the Ivory Coast winning 1-0 thanks to a lone goal from Wilfried Zaha. That leaves him as their top scorer in the competition with the two goals.
The Elephants have won four of their last five games played now and during the 2019 calendar year, they are W7 L2 from nine games. The two defeats which they have taken in that sequence of games were both by a 1-0 scoreline. Interestingly in their last four wins, two have been by a 1-0 scoreline and the other two were 4-1 successes. They were the championship winners back in 2015 but fell at the group stage in their defence two years later.
All six previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Ivory Coast are W3 D2 L1 in the head to head against Algeria
Both teams have scored in each of the last five meetings
Ivory Coast are unbeaten in their last four against Algeria (W2 D2)
The Desert Foxes sailed through their round of sixteen tie against Guinea. They romped to a 3-0 success and were pretty much unchallenged there. They had also won Group C of this year’s competition with three straight wins. They scored six unanswered goals in the group stage in their three games, so that is no goal conceded in this campaign from them at all. With Egypt having taken an early tumble, Algeria are right up there as second favourite to win outright.
Algeria have Adam Ounas on three goals for the tournament, making him the joint top scorer. Riyad Mahrez has weighed in with a couple as well. It is really back since the middle of November last year that Algeria have been in hot form. They have peaked just at the right time with having gone W8 D2 in their last ten games. They are currently on a five-match winning streak and they scored at least two goals in four of those five wins. The last time they made it past the quarters was in 1990 when they went on to win.
Algeria look very good value for money at the moment. They are on a fantastic run of form, aren’t conceding and are up against an Ivory Coast side who don’t look to be a major threat in front of goal. Algeria to win to nil.
11th July 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
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.
Ivory Coast 13/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 4th, 2019 at 5:13 p.m.)
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.
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
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.
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.
6th July 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
There is going to be a great finish in Group D of the Africa Cup of Nations. All four teams have a mathematical chance of getting through. Ivory Coast are sat on three points and even though Namibia are searching for their first points, a big enough win here could see them move ahead of their opponents on goal difference. Read our Namibia v Ivory Coast betting tips for more.
Ivory Coast 3/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 29th, 2019 at 5:25 a.m.)
Namibia have suffered back to back defeats in the group so far. The first was against Morocco when they put through their own net in the final minute, and then against South Africa. Three points could put them in contention for a place in the next round, even if it is as one of the best third-placed finishers. All four games in this group so far have ended in a 1-0 results, so there’s been a trend and it highlights how close things are between the teams.
The form of Namibia has seen them win just three of their last eight games played, losing half of the games in that sequence. They will probably be a little disappointed with their start to the tournament here though. But at least it leaves them in a position of having nothing to lose and everything to gain. Namibia came through qualification on a tight head to head record only over Mozambique.
This will be just the second meeting between the two nations
Ivory Coast took a 4-3 win in their previous meetings
That was an AFCON 1998 clash
Ivory Coast finished second in their qualification group to Guinea, taking a W3 D2 L1 record from the campaign. They were one of the higher-scoring teams to come through the qualification process though. They need to rediscover that scoring threat a bit. They took a 1-0 win over South Africa to open their group stage campaign with, but then lost to Morocco by the same scoreline in their second fixture.
They have to better whatever South Africa’s result against Morocco is in the final round of matches to get an automatic qualification spot. Any points out of this would likely go a long way to secure a place as one of the best third-placed teams at worst. Defeat and they are going home. The Ivory Coast have won five of their last seven games, losing the other two. Both defects incidentally are 1-0 score lines. Looking back a little further they are W4 D2 L1 in their last seven competitive matches.
The Ivory Coast should be able to push on and collect maximum points in this one. They won’t find the going as tough against Namibia as much as they did against Morocco. So there is a decent chance that the Elephants will pull through. Ivory Coast to win.
30th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting