Ivory Coast meet Algeria at the quarter-final stage of the Africa Cup of Nations at the New Suez Stadium on Thursday evening, in what is unquestionably the heavyweight clash of the last eight ties.
Ivory Coast overcame tough opposition in Mali in the last 16, whom they beat 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Wilfried Zaha. In the group stage, they started with a 1-0 win over South Africa, but then lost by the same score to Morocco. They ensured their progress to the knockout stage with a convincing 4-1 win over Namibia.
Algeria can boast not only a 100% record at the tournament to date, but they’ve also yet to concede a goal in their four matches played. In the group stage they saw off Kenya (2-0), Senegal (1-0) and Tanzania (3-0). In the last 16 they beat Guinea 3-0, with goals from Youcef Belaili, Riyad Mahrez and Adam Ounas.
Ivory Coast vs Algeria Betting Lines & Picks
As is generally the case in the Africa Cup of Nations, goals have generally been in short supply at this year’s tournament and this game looks likely to follow suit.
In terms of an Africa Cup Of Nations betting prediction here, a low-scoring draw and extra-time and potentially penalties look a distinct possibility here, so the draw (90 minutes) is our betting pick.
In the Correct Score market, a 1-1 draw (90 mins) can be backed at +500 (6.00) at bet365, while in the Anytime Goalscorer market, Jonathan Kodjia could be worth an interest at +300 (4.00) also with bet365.
Soccer Pick: Match Result (90 min only) – Draw @ +200 (3.00) with bet365