Cote d'Ivoire vs Egypt: prediction for the Africa Cup of Nations match
Cote d'Ivoire will take on Egypt on Wednesday, January 26 in the first knockout round of the Africa Cup of Nations 2021. Which side will be stronger? Look out for our prediction in the article below.
Cote d'Ivoire won't be travelling to Qatar this year as they failed to pass the second round of qualification, losing to Cameroon in the decisive game. At the Africa Cup of Nations, the Elephants enjoyed a successful group stage run and finished top of the table. They got a narrow win over Equatorial Guinea (1:0) in the opening game, drew against Sierra Leone (2:2) and knocked out Algeria (3:1) in the last match - Kessie, Sangare, and Pepe secured a three-goal lead by the 54th minute.
Egypt still have a chance to get a ticket to Qatar - they didn't lose a single game in the second round of qualification. In December, the Pharaohs were the runner-ups at the FIFA Arab Cup - in the final match, they yielded to Tunisia.
Egypt lost to Nigeria (0:1) in their opener at the AFCON, but they bounced back and secured a victory over Guinea-Bissau in the second match - Mohamed Salah sealed the deal for the Pharaohs (1:0). Finally, Carlos Queiroz's men defeated Sudan (1:0) and today will be looking to knock the Elephants out of the tournament.
2 of the last 4 head-to-head matches were tied.
In 2 of the last 5 games of Egypt, goals were scored only in one half.
This bet played in 2 of the last 4 games of Egypt.
It is hard to pick a favourite in this match. Both sides are powerhouses on the continent, and we are expecting a close game. With the quarter-finals of the tournament at stake, the opponents will pay a lot of attention to their defenses. Just one mistake can decide the outcome of this fixture.
Our prediction - total under 2 goals
The believe that the opponents might need more than 90 minutes to decide who progresses to the quarter-finals. We will take a risk and bet on a draw in full-time.
Second wager - draw