Ivory Coast Vs Egypt Betting Tip: Egypt or Draw – 26 January 2022

Salah to inspire Pharaohs to underdog victory?

Seydou Doumbia / Ivory Coast ©IMAGO / ZUMA Press 15.08.2017

Côte d'Ivoire Ivory Coast Vs Egypt Egypt

Wednesday 26 January, 2022 – 16:00 (GMT)
Africa Cup of Nations
Pick: Egypt or Draw (Double Chance)
Odds: 3/5
Bookmaker: BetVictor
(All betting odds correct at time of writing: 24 January 2022)

Preview: Japoma Stadium in Douala, Cameroon will host arguably the round of 16’s most exciting encounter – on paper at least – with Ivory Coast looking to replicate their eye-catching form from the group stage when they meet seven-time African champions Egypt.

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Ivory Coast – Elephants out to continue sparkling form?

Quite arguably the most impressive outfit in the group stage, Ivory Coast must now translate their blistering form from Group D. Les Elephants progressed comfortably as section winners, remaining unbeaten (W2 D1) all while scoring more goals than any other team at this tournament except hosts Cameroon. Sealing their spot in the last sixteen with a statement 3-1 victory over holders Algeria.

The manner with which Algeria were dispatched was something else, cruising into a 3-0 lead before taking their foot off the gas in the second half. It was the second time in this tournament scoring multiple goals and at least once in either half. And while they will do well to repeat the feat against such stubborn opponents as Egypt, this is an Ivory Coast which has lost once across its past 15 internationals (W10 D4).

Key Stat: So far this tournament Ivory Coast are yet to fall behind in any game, while they have netted multiple times (2+) in 10 of their previous 15 international matches.

 

Egypt WIN TO NIL
4/1

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Egypt – Robust Pharaohs can thrive off underdog status?

In a hint at the contrasting styles we are likely to witness inside Japoma Stadium, putting the ball in the back of the net has proven to be a more challenging assignment for seven-time AFCON champions Egypt. This despite boasting arguably the sport’s most in-form individual at this moment in time, Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah. What The Pharaohs can offer, however, is defensive resilience in abundance.

Coach Carlos Queiroz would have been disappointed with how his team opened their accounts at this tournament but thrilled with the subsequent response, a 1-0 loss to Nigeria preceding successive 1-0 victories over Guinea-Bissau and Sudan. Salah scored the only goal in one of those games but has largely been kept quiet thus far, something that surely must change if Egypt are to progress onto the last eight.

Key Stat: Having won their past two African Cup of Nations matches 1-0, Egypt have now secured nine of their previous ten victories in all competitions without conceding a goal.

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Ivory Coast Vs Egypt Betting Advice

A quick glance through the squads immediately tells us that the greater talent resides in the Ivory Coast camp. Les Elephants breezed through group play, thrashing one of the pre-tournament favourites Algeria 3-1 whilst eliminating the holders in the process. That felt like a statement of intent, although it could prove a false dawn should they not improve upon a record of only three wins in 14 prior H2Hs (D3 L8).

 

Ivory Coast Vs Egypt – Key Facts:

  • Despite winning just three of fourteen prior meetings (D3 L8), Ivory Coast would prevail in their most recent tussle with Egypt – a 4-2 victory in January 2013 for a friendly.
  • Ivory Coast sailed through to the last sixteen, going unbeaten (W2 D1) as they averaged two goals per game, which is something Egypt couldn’t replicate (W2 L1).
  • There has been Over 3.5 Goals in Ivory Coast’s last two matches. However, each of Egypt’s last five has seen Under 1.5 Goals.

 

Egypt’s superior head-to-head record cannot be discounted, particularly as they are nation who invariably rise to the occasion. Furthermore, this was a team unbeaten in 19 consecutive games until fairly recently, so clearly retain the propensity to dig deep and deliver a result. As such, I believe the value rests with the underdogs, Egypt, who still have Mo Salah waiting to go through the gears.

Best Betting Odds – Ivory Coast Vs Egypt

Ivory Coast – 6/5 (WilliamHill)
Draw – 2/1 (BetFred)
Egypt – 13/5 (Betfair)