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Ivory Coast - Nigeria predictions and free betting tips [18/01/2024]

Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
Home
18.01.2024, 17:00
0 : 1
0:1 (0:0)
Nigeria
Nigeria
Away
Over (1.5)
Odds: 1.52Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
lose
-5.0

Today, within the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations, two tournament favourites - Ivory Coast and Nigeria - will play.

Ivory Coast national team

As hosts of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Ivory Coast team impressively started the tournament, defeating Guinea-Bissau 2:0. The match, which took place in a tense struggle, saw the first goal from Fofana, receiving a pass from Kessié in the 4th minute, and the second from Jean-Philippe Krasso, who scored in the 58th minute. Ivory Coast dominated the match, controlling the ball 61% of the time and striking 10 shots on target against 4 from the opposition. However, in the last 15 minutes, the "Elephants" relaxed, allowing the opponent to create a few moments. The defence of the Côte d'Ivoire team impresses with its quality, featuring famous players such as veterans Serge Aurier and Willy Boly, as well as new leaders - Odilon Kossounou from Bayer and Ousmane Diomandé from "Sporting". The team also showcases talents such as Ebrima Ndicka from Roma and Wilfrid Singo from Monaco.

The midfield of the Côte d'Ivoire team with the trio Sangaré - Kessié – Fofana is also impressive. Fofana takes charge of the creativity, while Kessié, formerly of Milan and Barça, adds intensity to the attack. The team's main star is Simon Adengra from Brighton; however, he might miss the start of the tournament due to an injury. In attack, there is Sebastien Haller, but he is in poor form, so it will likely be Jean-Philippe Krasso from Red Star Belgrade playing against Nigeria instead.

Ivory Coast also demonstrated excellent results in previous matches, winning convincingly against Sierra Leone 5:1 in a friendly match on 6th January 2024, beating Gambia 2:0 in World Cup qualification on 20th November 2023, and crushing Seychelles 9:0 on 17th November 2023.

Nigeria National Team

Despite having one of the strongest teams in terms of names, Nigeria displayed weak game in the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations, drawing 1:1 with Equatorial Guinea. The team had to make up for a goal from Salvador, which was managed thanks to Victor Osimhen in the 38th minute after receiving a pass from the best player of the match, Lukman. The team's attack, with Iwobi, Simon, Chukwueze, and Onuachu, couldn't make more than 3-4 non-dangerous shots on goal from awkward positions.

The Nigerian team hasn't won four matches in a row and performed poorly in World Cup qualifiers, losing on home ground against Guinea 8th January 2024 in a friendly match 0:2, and the start of the WC-26 qualification was extremely unsuccessful. The "Super Eagles" couldn't beat the weak team of Lesotho at home on 19th November 2023 and drew with Zimbabwe 1:1 on 16th November.

In the defensive midfield, Nigeria has troubles without Ndidi, where either defender Awazim or Onyedika from Brugge plays. Midfielders Frank Onyeka and Joe Aribo, playing in England, are more focused on attack, but so far, it isn't yielding results. In attack, there's Musa, who hasn't been playing for several years now.

Head to Head

In the history of head-to-head matches between Nigeria and Ivory Coast since 2016, there haven't been any matches; however, Nigeria beat Ivory Coast 1:0 on 11th January 2016. On 11th January 2015, Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria with a score of 1:0. On 27th July 2013, Côte d'Ivoire won Nigeria with a score of 2:0.

Prediction for the match Ivory Coast - Nigeria

Nigeria has been playing poorly in the last few months, despite its strongest attack; the hosts from Ivory Coast clearly do not fall short in terms of the team and should show class on home turf, as they did in the first match. However, knowing the African teams, I won't bet on the "Elephants". Instead, I'll take the TO (total over) goals more than 1.5.

Match Events

55
'
W. Troost-Ekong (pen.)
0 - 1
W. Singo
67
'
N. Pepe
67
'
J. Bamba
67
'
72
'
M. Simon
79
'
B. Osayi-Samuel
80
'
K. Omeruo
O. Diakite
80
'
K. Konate
84
'
88
'
P. Onuachu
90
'
S. Nwabili
Ivory Coast
Nigeria

Match Statistics

Ivory Coast
Nigeria
64%
Ball Possession
36%
14
Shots
11
11
Shots off target
10
3
Shots on target
1
0
Counter Attacks
0
5
Corners
6
3
Offsides
1
16
Fouls
19
0
Yellow cards
1
0
Red Cards
0

Recent Games

Ivory CoastIvory Coast
Africa: Africa Cup Of Nations
13.01
2024
Ivory Coast
2
Guinea Bissau
0
w
World: Friendly International
06.01
2024
Ivory Coast
5
Sierra Leone
1
w
Africa: World Championship - Qualification - First Stage
20.11
2023
Gambia
0
Ivory Coast
2
w
Africa: World Championship - Qualification - First Stage
17.11
2023
Ivory Coast
9
Seychelles
0
w
World: Friendly International
17.10
2023
Ivory Coast
1
South Africa
1
d
World: Friendly International
14.10
2023
Ivory Coast
1
Morocco
1
d
World: Friendly International
12.09
2023
Ivory Coast
0
Mali
0
d
NigeriaNigeria
Africa: Africa Cup Of Nations
14.01
2024
Nigeria
1
Equatorial Guinea
1
d
World: Friendly International
08.01
2024
Guinea
2
Nigeria
0
w
Africa: World Championship - Qualification - First Stage
19.11
2023
Zimbabwe
1
Nigeria
1
d
Africa: World Championship - Qualification - First Stage
16.11
2023
Nigeria
1
Lesotho
1
d
World: Friendly International
16.10
2023
Nigeria
3
Mozambique
2
w
World: Friendly International
13.10
2023
Saudi Arabia
2
Nigeria
2
d
Africa: Africa Cup Of Nations - Qualification
10.09
2023
Nigeria
6
Sao Tome and Principe
0
w
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Head-to-head Statistics

Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
3
Wins
0
Draw
1
Wins
Nigeria
Nigeria
11.01.2015
-
Friendly
Nigeria
0
0 : 1
Cote d'Ivoire
1
03.02.2013
-
Cup Of Nations
Cote d'Ivoire
1
1 : 2
Nigeria
2
21.01.2008
-
Cup Of Nations
Nigeria
0
0 : 1
Cote d'Ivoire
1
06.02.2006
-
Cup Of Nations
Cote d'Ivoire
1
1 : 0
Nigeria
0

Team Comparison

Ivory Coast
Côte d'Ivoire
vs
Nigeria
Nigeria
Ivory Coast
Country
Nigeria
Abidjan
Venue City
Abuja
J. Gasset
Coach
José Peseiro
1960
Founded
1945
Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny
Venue Name
Abuja National Stadium
Yes
Is National Team
Yes

CAF - Africa Cup of Nations

Ivory Coast
Côte d'Ivoire
vs
Nigeria
Nigeria
-
Rank
-
0
Win
0
0
Lose
0
0
Draw
0
0
Goals Scored
0
0
Goals Conceded
0
0
Clean Sheet
0

Goal Statistics

Avg First Goal Scored
Côte d'Ivoire
-
Nigeria
-
Avg First Goal Conceded
Côte d'Ivoire
-
Nigeria
-
Avg Goals Per Game Scored
Côte d'Ivoire
0
Nigeria
0
Avg Goals Per Game Conceded
Côte d'Ivoire
0
Nigeria
0

Trophies

Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
CAF Africa Cup of Nations (Africa)
Winner2
2015 Equatorial Guinea, 1992 Senegal
2nd Place2
2012 Equatorial Guinea/Gabon, 2006 Egypt
Nigeria
Nigeria
CAF Africa Cup of Nations (Africa)
Winner3
2013 South Africa, 1994 Tunisia, 1980 Nigeria
2nd Place4
2000 Ghana/Nigeria, 1990 Algeria, 1988 Morocco, 1984 Cote d'Ivoire
2nd Place1
2018 Morocco

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