2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Ivory Coast vs Algeria Betting Preview and Pick

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Algeria have been dominant at AFCON thus far as they won all four matches without allowing a single goal. The Desert Warriors recorded a convincing 3-0 win over Guinea in the 1/8 finals while Ivory Coast had a harder job to do against Mali. However, the Elephants stole a 1-0 victory despite being inferior for the big part of the match. The winner of this clash will meet Nigeria in the semi-finals.

Ivory Coast vs Algeria

•    Africa Cup of Nations

•    Suez Stadium, Suez, Egypt

•    Thursday 11 July

•    18:00 CET

Ivory Coast Team News and Latest Form

These teams have faced a total of seven times so far at the Africa Cup of Nations finals. Although the Elephants have an all-time edge (W3, D2, L2), two H2H duels at the quarter-final stage of AFCON have yielded a win apiece.

The last time Ivory Coast failed to win an AFCON finals match after scoring the first goal was in January 2010, with the Elephants winning their previous 13 matches in that category. Going back to Jan 2012, over half (14) of the Ivory Coast’s 27 goals were scored after the 60th minute.

Each of the Ivory Coast’s previous three goals came in the final 15 minutes, with Wilfried Zaha bagging two of them. Ivory Coast have not lost an AFCON finals match in regulation this century after scoring first. Still, the Ivorians have gone on to lose 1-0 in each of the last two AFCON finals games where they allowed the opening goal.

Algeria Team News and Latest Form

The Desert Warriors are also good in holding out after scoring first, doing so with a net intact in every game of this AFCON. However, only the latest of those wins (3-0 v Guinea) saw them win both halves.

Starting with AFCON 2008, Ivory Coast went past the quarter-finals in every other tournament. Algeria, on the other hand, have only prevailed in the quarter-finals once (in 2010) since winning AFCON as hosts in 1990.

Adam Ounas has been Algeria’s last goalscorer in his previous two games, scoring those goals in the final 15 minutes of either half. Three of Algeria’s four AFCON 2019 finals victories have seen all of their goals come in the 15 minutes before/after half-time.

Ivory Coast vs Algeria Head to Head

Ivory Coast and Algeria have faced on 11 occasions since 1968, and the Elephants have the edge in H2H duels with four victories; Algeria have three while four duels ended as draws. The Desert Warriors are without a win in H2H meetings since 1990 (excluding extra-time and penalties) while Ivory Coast were better in the previous game, winning 3-1 back in February 2015, in the quarter-finals of AFCON.

Ivory Coast vs Algeria Betting Tip

Algeria are the favorites at 2.20 (+120) odds, and even though they haven’t beaten Ivory Coast lately, it looks that the Desert Warriors are playing better football right now. However, this game could go to the extra-time while the Elephants have a lot of quality and can beat any African team, so I am not going to bet on a full-time result. Instead, my Ivory Coast vs Algeria Cup of Nations 2019 betting tip is both teams to score at 2.30 (+130). Ivory Coast scored five goals in the previous two matches, and they scored at least two in each of the last three encounters with Algeria. With all the firepower in the attack, the Elephants can unlock Algeria’s rock-solid defense.

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