Senegal vs. Côte d'Ivoire Predictions and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
29 January 2024, 16:24

The teams approach the upcoming clash in different moods. While Senegal did not notice the opponents in the group stage and confidently advanced to the playoffs, Ivory Coast only by a lucky chance found itself in the 1/8 finals, having moved out of the last place of the third place ranking. The slurred game of the tournament hosts ensured the resignation of the head coach, Jean-Louis Gasset, right in the middle of the tournament, which clearly does not play into the hands of the Les Elephants. In this match, Senegal will try to consolidate its status as one of the best teams in Africa and reach the quarter finals of the African Cup of Nations.

Senegal vs. Côte d'Ivoire Preview 

Senegal Preview

Senegal is rightfully considered one of the main favourites to win this tournament, given the shape of the teams, the roster of stars in the squad and the confident game over the years. The Senegalese have already been to the final of the African Cup of Nations twice in the last two draws and this time they do not intend to lower the bar. Three confident wins in the group stage, dominating football and the excellent form of the main players of the team, such as Sadio Mane, Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Coulibaly, allows the fans of the team to be confident in their favourites. 

Côte d'Ivoire Preview

Côte d'Ivoire, in fact, fails the home tournament. It was only by a miracle that the team was able to reach the playoffs, taking the last available place among the third-place teams in their groups. In the group stage, Les Elephants were able to beat only Guinea Bissau, which did not score a single point in the tournament. At the same time, there were two dry defeats against Nigeria (0:1) and Equatorial Guinea (0:4). The country's football federation fired head coach Jean-Louis Gasset without waiting for the end of the group stage and the national team will be led to this game by Emers Fae, who has never coached a single adult team in his career.

Betting Tips for Senegal vs. Côte d'Ivoire

Senegal to Win

Considering all the pre-match factors, it is difficult not to single out Senegal as the favourite in this meeting. Of course, the factor of a home tournament and a psychological shake-up by a new coach can somehow affect the shape of Ivory Coast, but in the context of fast-playing cup tournaments, this happens extremely rarely. Ivory Coast at the moment is unlikely to have anything to oppose the established interaction and combinations of Aliou Cisse flanking football. This Senegal vs. Côte d'Ivoire prediction is evaluated with odds of 2.30 by William Hill.

Côte d'Ivoire Total Goals Under 0.5

During the entire group stage, Ivory Coast scored only two goals to one of the main outsiders of the tournament, Guinea Bissau, which indicates obvious problems with creating scoring chances. One of the best defences of the African Continent is currently playing against Les Elephants - Senegal conceded only once in the match against Cameroon. Statistically, in none of the matches against Cameroon's opponents did the statistics of expected goals (xG) reach 1 (0.9 with Gambia, 0.4 with Cameroon, 0.5 with Guinea), which indicates a good organisation of the defensive line. In the current state of the teams, it is unlikely that Ivory Coast will be able to hit Mendy's goal. In William Hill, Senegal vs. Côte d'Ivoire odds for this outcome are 2.30 

First to Score - Senegal

Senegal scores first in 6 of the last 7 matches. Given the psychological attitude of the opponents and their poor defensive performance, it will not be so difficult for the skilled players of Senegal to create an assist. In addition, potentially in the quarterfinals, Senegal will have a tough fight with the winner of the Mali-Burkina Faso pair, so after scoring the first goal, the team may well save its strength and limit itself to a little blood. For this Senegal vs. Côte d'Ivoire tip, William Hill offers odds of 1.85

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