Mali v Ivory Coast Betting Tips & Predictions
The Ivory Coast might have won their final AFCON group game by a 4-1 scoreline against Namibia, although the Elephants were flattered by two late goals being scored after their opponents had got themselves back into the game.
Previously to this, Ibrahim Kamara’s side had narrowly beaten South Africa before being outplayed and beaten by Morocco, so there are question marks over them heading into the African Cup of Nations knockout stage.
The manager gave a full start to Wilfried Zaha in the last group game and might now appreciate the merits of fielding the Crystal Palace star from the beginning of this match, with Jonathan Kodjia set to return as the centre forward and the Aston Villa man has been looking sharp for his country.
However, we think that the Cote d’Ivoire are too short a price against a Mali side that need to be respected after winning their AFCON section, landing top spot in Group E after two wins and a draw.
The Eagles opened up the tournament with a crushing 4-1 victory against Mauritania which practically booked their place in the last sixteen straight away, while they then drew 1-1 with Tunisia before winning 1-0 against Angola.
This is a young Mali team although they registered more shots on target than the more experienced Tunisians in their recent encounter, with Moussa Marega and the two players who go by the name of Adama Traore likely to cause further problems in attack.
Mali seem to be benefitting from having some tough matches in the warm-up for AFCON, with the team twice taking the lead against Algeria before losing 3-2, while they also led against Senegal before conceding two late goals.
There’s a strong chance of Mali avoiding defeat and a bet on them on the Asian Handicap off zero means that we’ll get our money back if this one ends in a draw.
Mali 0 AH @ 2.30 with bet365