Ivory Coast vs Congo DR predictions and betting tips for the African Cup of Nations. Current holders Ivory Coast hope to move to the top of their African Cup of Nations group. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Ivory Coast vs Congo DR Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews
Reason For Ivory Coast vs Congo DR Betting Tips
Ivory Coast’s defence of the African Cup of Nations didn’t get off to the best of starts on Monday as they played out a dour goalless draw with Togo. This did extend their unbeaten streak to 13 matches across all competitions, but the fact they have drawn seven of those will be a real worry.
They did look promising in their warm up friendlies for the competition though as they beat Sweden and Uganda, but they just couldn’t transfer that form over into competitive football on Monday and looked completely devoid of ideas going forward.
Congo DR weren’t exactly scintillating on Monday either, but they did manage a fairly unexpected 1-0 victory over Morocco to leave them at the top of their African Cup of Nations group with two games left to play. If they manage to win against Ivory Coast they would clinch a spot in the knockout stages.
They even managed to hold off Morocco when they were down to ten men with nine minutes to go, as defender Jose Mutambala came off the bench and received two yellow cards in 15 minutes to earn himself an early bath.
This was a welcome reply after they lost their final warm up friendly 2-0 to Cameroon, and they will now be feeling fairly confident about their chances of making it out of the groups this year. They have now won four, drawn one, and lost three of their last eight games.
There’s no doubt about it that Ivory Coast have the quality advantage here, but they did against Togo and failed to make it pay. The likes of Serge Aurier, Eric Bailly, Franck Kessie, Wilfried Zaha, Wilfried Bony, and Salomon Kalou should be able to beat Congo DR, but the underdogs arguable possess more quality than Togo do.
To be honest I’m expecting this one to end all square. Seven of Ivory Coast’s last 11 games have ended as draws, and Congo DR would be more than happy to take a point from the defending champions. Odds of 9/4 for this outcome look good value, and I’m going for a 0-0 correct score predictions too.
Head to Head
Ivory Coast and Congo DR have each won three, drawn one, and lost three of their seven previous meetings with one another.
Ivory Coast Team News
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, who scored his first goal for Ivory Coast on Wednesday, will be a major threat going forward. They also have top scorer Salomon Kalou and Stoke forward Wilfried Bony to bolster their attacks, whilst Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie is an up and coming talent. Bournemouth midfielder Max Gradel remains in the squad, whilst PSG right back Serge Aurier and Manchester United centre back Eric Bailly provide an excellent platform at the back.
Congo DR Team News
Hull striker Diemerci Mbokani is the top scorer in the squad with 18 goals in 37 appearances, whilst Championship midfield trio Youssouf Mulumbu, Neeskens Kebano, and Jacques Maghoma are all ones to watch as well. Chancel Mbemba is a solid choice at the back, but fellow defender Jose Mutambala will miss this one out after begin sent off in the last match.
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