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AFCONgeneralThe first of two quarter finals taking place in the Africa Cup of Nations on Thursday sees Ivory Coast square up to Algeria.

 

 

 

Ivory Coast v Algeria

Match Result Betting (90 mins): Ivory Coast 26/10 Draw 2/1 Algeria 12/10

Note, all odds are an average of what was available at the time of writing but are subject to change

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Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast edged out Mali 1-0 in the Round of 16. They were second best for much of that game but Zaha made the breakthrough on 76 minutes and Mali couldn’t find a way back. It was another tight game for Ivory Coast and 3 of their 4 matches so far have been settled by a 1-0 scoreline.

In the group stage Ivory Coast finished as runners up to Morocco. They won their opening game against South Africa 1-0 before losing to Morocco by the same scoreline. In their final group match they made no mistake against Namibia, cruising to a 4-1 victory and 5 of their players have found the net in the tournament so far.

 

 

Algeria

With host nation Egypt out of the tournament Algeria are arguably the most impressive of the remaining nations. They bring a 100% record into this quarter final and they have yet to concede a goal in the tournament so far.

In the Round of 16 they had too much for Guinea, coming through with a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Belaili in the first half and Mahrez and Ounas in the second period.

Algeria topped Group C ahead of Senegal with Kenya and Tanzania missing out. Algeria started with a 2-0 win over Kenya before coming out on top of a key clash with Senegal by a 1-0 scoreline. They only needed a draw in their final group match against Tanzania to secure top spot but they left nothing to chance in coasting to a 3-0 victory.

 

Recent Head to Head

The most recent meeting between the sides came in the quarter finals of the 2015 AFCON, Ivory Coast won 3-1 and went on to lift the trophy.

 

Verdict:

Algeria haven’t put a foot wrong in these finals so far although Ivory Coast should represent a tough test. I’ll take my chances on a tight first half with Algeria yet to concede whilst Ivory Coast have kept clean sheets against Bafana and Mali.

A goalless first half gets my vote.

 

Suggested Bet:

Half time correct score 0-0 at 5/4

 

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