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Africa Cup of Nations: Morocco vs Ivory Coast predictions

Leigh Copson in Soccer 24 Jan 2017

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Morocco vs Ivory Coast takes place tonight at the Africa Cup of Nations and Ivory Coast are in serious danger of falling at the first hurdle if they fail to win this evening's group game.

Today's meeting between these two sides will be the 18th time they have gone head-to-head, and while the Ivory Coast have won the most games it is the draw that has been the most common result. The Ivorians have run out winners on six occasions, but these two teams have drawn seven times now and three of those stalemates have come in their last four meetings.

Ivory Coast have had an edge in this competition though, having won three of the last four Africa Cup of Nations clashes between these two nations.

When the tournament got underway the bookmakers were backing Ivory Coast for back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations successes, but unless they improve now the Elephants will be making an early exit from the competition. Having drawn their opener against Togo they twice had to come from behind to rescue a draw against DR Congo, and that has left them third in the group heading into the final round of fixtures.

Two points behind DR Congo and one behind Morocco, they simply have to win their final match and their fate is in their own hands because they are taking on the Moroccans. Herve Renard’s side opened with a defeat to Congo and fell behind early in their second outing against Togo, but they came storming back to win and that means a draw will be enough to see them through to the knockout stage.

I believe they will be in for disappointment though. The Ivorians have started very slowly but they boast a talented line-up that – on their day – should be too good for the Moroccans. They will not want to suffer the embarrassment of an early exit and that will spur them on to victory, with Wilfried Bony an appealing goalscorer option after he grabbed his first goal of the tournament last time out.

Morocco vs Ivory Coast Predictions:
Ivory Coast to win @ 6/5 (odds from bet365)
Wilfried Bony to score anytime @ 9/4

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