Mali v Ivory Coast Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 08/07/19

Mali v Ivory Coast Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews Mali vs Ivory Coast and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday’s AFCON last 16 clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Mali v Ivory Coast Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 08/07/19
  • Time: 17:00
  • Venue: New Suez Stadium
  • Channel: N/A

The knockout phase of this years AFCON continues on Tuesday when Mali take on Ivory Coast. Mali come into the game unbeaten in this year’s competition with 2 wins and a draw to their name. impressively they have only conceded 2 goals in these games and have managed to score 6. Mali are the underdogs in this tie, but they’ll be confident of making things difficult for the Ivory Coast.

The Ivorians come into the game having won 2 and lost 1 in the tournament so far. Les Elephants have an impressive record against Mali having won 6 of the previous 9 meetings. They’ll be confident of getting another win and their last game saw them run out 4-1 winners over Namibia.

Team News

Potential Mali Starting XI: Diarra, Sacko, Haidara, Wague, Kouyate, Haidara, Coulibaly, Traore, A Traore, Doumbia, K Coulibaly

Potential Ivory Coast Starting XI: Gbohouo, Bagayoko, Coulibaly, Kanon, Traore, Kessie, Serey Die, Gradel, Zaha, Gbamin, Kodija

Key Stats & Facts

  • 5 of Mali’s last 6 matches have seen both teams score.
  • There have been 3 penalties awarded in Mali’s previous 4 matches.
  • Each of Ivory Coast’s last 5 matches have finished by a score line of either 1-0 or 4-1.

Betting Odds

  • Mali 13/5
  • Draw 19/10
  • Ivory Coast 5/4

The Verdict

On paper it’s probably easy to pick the Ivorians to Coast through this round due to their star-studded squad but they will be up against a tough Mali side who are in good form of late. Ivory Coast are 5/4 to win this game in 90 minutes which I think is a generous price considering that the Ivorians have beaten South Africa this tournament who went on to shock Egypt with a well deserved 1-0 win.

The last meeting between these two sides ended 0-0 and there has only been over 2.5 goals in 1 out of the last 7 meetings so I think going with the trends that this game wont have a bucket load of goals. Ivory Coast to win and under 2.5 goals is 11/4 (Coral) and I think that’s a good angle into the match.

Another angle I like with this match is in the first goalscorer market. Ivory Coast Striker, Jonathon Kodjia, has score 2 so far in this tournament and I think he’ll be the one to find the back of the net. Kodjia has 5 goals in 11 international appearances. He is currently priced at 71/10 (Marathon Bet) which I think is extremely good value.

Like ive mentioned before I think that this game will be tight and whilst I expect the Ivorians to win I am tempted to keep the tie being settled on penalties on side. Either team to win on penalties is 4/1 (Skybet). The last 5 score lines between the two have been as follows; 0-0, 3-1, 1-0, 1-1, 0-1 so I don’t think it is beyond the realms to suggest that this could end up in a penalty shootout.

Recommended Bets

  • 1pt – Ivory Coast to win and under 2.5 goals 11/4 (Coral)
  • 1pt – Jonathon Kodjia to score first 71/10 (Marathon Bet)