AFCON 2021: Ivory Coast vs Egypt prediction and betting tips (January 26)
Ivory Coast are yet to lose any game at the tournament, with two wins and a draw in the group stage matches. They face Egypt next in the Round of 16. Can the Elephants get past the Pharaohs?
Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast) has had 2 goal contributions at the AFCON 2021
Nicolas Pepe (Ivory Coast) has had 2 goal contributions at the AFCON 2021

Ivory Coast and Egypt lock horns in Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, 26 January 2022. The match venue is Stade Japoma, Douala.

Latest betting odds

Top betting sites price Ivory Coast to win odds at 2.30 (+130 American; 13/10 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 3.00 (+200; 2/1), while Egypt to win odds are priced at 3.50 (+250; 5/2).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Ivory Coast — 41%, draw — 32%, Egypt — 27%.

Latest betting odds on Ivory Coast vs Egypt (26 January 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.70 (+170; 17/10)2.30 (+130 American; 13/10 Fractional)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.43 (-230; 10/23)
  • Asian handicap (-0.25) on Ivory Coast — 1.95 (-105; 20/21)
  • Asian handicap (+0.25) on Egypt — 1.94 (-106; 50/53)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.40 (+140; 7/5)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.54 (-185; 20/37)

Match preview and statistics

Ivory Coast are yet to lose any game at the tournament with two wins and a draw. They finished first in the Group E table with seven points and a +3 goal difference, scored six goals and conceded three. The Elephants beat Algeria 3-1 in their last match.

Franck Kessie gave Cote d’Ivoire the lead in the 22nd minute of the first half with a left-footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Nicolas Pepe. Ibrahim Sangare doubled the lead in the 39th minute with a header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Serge Aurier with a cross following a set piece situation.

Nicolas Pepe scored the third goal in the 53rd minute with a left-footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Sebastien Haller. In the 60th minute, Riyad Mahrez missed the penalty as he hit the right post with a left-footed shot. Sofiane Bandebka pulled one back in the 73rd minute with a header from very close range to the high centre of the goal, assisted by Aissa Mandi following a corner.

Nicolas Pepe had a man of the match performance in the last match, scored a goal, provided an assist and created three chances. Ibrahim Sangare won the most duels (7), had two tackles, and scored a goal. Team statistics: 44% possession, 12 total shots, 14 chances created, two big chances, seven shots on target, 252 accurate passes, 81% pass accuracy, 18 fouls conceded, one corner, three offsides, three yellow cards.

Ivory Coast team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.

Egypt finished second in the Group D table with six points and one goal difference from two wins and a loss. After losing the first game to Nigeria, they went on to win the remaining two games at the group stage. The Pharaohs beat Sudan 1-0 in the last match.

Mohamed Abdelmoneim scored the match-winner in the 35th minute with a header from the centre of the box to the top left corner, assisted by Abdalla El Said with a cross following a corner. Top stats: 62% possession, 12 total shots, 12 chances created, two big chances, four shots on target, 358 accurate passes, 75% pass accuracy, 14 fouls conceded, 13 corners, one yellow card.

Abdalla El Said had a good game, created six chances, gave five key passes, three accurate long balls, four accurate crosses, won two duels and assisted the winning goal. Ahmed Hegazy won eight duels, made three clearances, had one tackle, one interception and 10 recoveries.

Egypt team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.

Ivory Coast vs Egypt H2H

Ivory Coast and Egypt have met seven times in history. The Elephants have three wins, the Pharaohs have two wins with two draws. Their last meeting was a friendly match back in January, Cote d’Ivoire beat Egypt 4-2 in the game.

Key players and lineups

Ivory Coast projected starting lineup:

  • Badra Ali Sangare
  • Konan
  • Eric Bailly
  • Simon Deli
  • Serge Aurier
  • Jean Michael Seri
  • Franck Kessie
  • Ibrahim Sangare
  • Max-Alain Gradel
  • Nicolas Pepe
  • Sebastien Haller

Nicolas Pepe is the key player to watch out for. He had two goal contributions in the last match against Algeria, with a goal and an assist. Pepe now has two goals and an assist in the tournament so far. The winger wants to be on the scoresheet in this match.

Sebastian Haller is another player to watch out for. Despite not scoring in the last, he managed to provide an assist. So far, Haller has a goal and an assist in three games played.

Serge Aurier is a player to watch out for. He was one of the best players on the pitch in the last match, created the most chances (4), gave three key passes, had the most tackles (5), made four interceptions, won the most duels (7) and provided an assist.

Egypt projected starting lineup:

  • Mohamed El-Shennawy
  • Ahmed Hegazi
  • Mohamed Abdelmonem
  • Mahmoud El Wensh
  • Mahmoud Alaa
  • Omar Marmoush
  • Mohamed Elneny
  • Ramadan Sobhi
  • Mohamed Salah
  • Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet
  • Mostafa Mohamed

Mohamed Salah is the key player to watch out for. Salah has scored only one goal at the tournament so far and hopes to score in this match to help the team advance to the next stage. Abdalla El Said is another player to watch out for. In the last match, he created six chances, gave five key passes, three accurate long balls, four accurate crosses, won two duels and assisted the winning goal.

Betting tips and prediction

Ivory Coast haven’t lost any match at the tournament so far with two wins and a draw at the group stage. They topped their group table, scored six goals and conceded three. The Elephants are in good shape ahead of this clash. The team is stacked in every position and prepared for the game.

Egypt won two games and lost one at the group stage. They scored two goals and conceded one, and finished second in their group table. The Pharaohs managed to squeeze out wins from their last two games but they have a big task ahead of them.

Predictions are Ivory Coast to win, and Over 2.5 goals. The Elephants are in better form than the Pharaohs at the moment and have a better squad than their opponents. Almost every position is filled up with top players. Also the last two games Ivory Coast have played, they’ve scored at least two goals in each of them while conceding at the same time. Presuming they’ll win 2-1 or 3-1, the total is over 2.5 goals.

Betting prediction: Ivory Coast to win

Odds: 2.30 (+130 American; 13/10 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Odds: 2.70 (+170 American; 17/10 Fractional)

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