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Mali - Ivory Coast
Africa Cup of Nations
Sat, 03.02.2024 – 8:00 PM GMT+3
our main tip:
Under 2.5 Goals

Mali vs Ivory Coast prediction

A strong start against Burkina Faso in the Round of 16 saw Mali benefit from an early own goal in the first half before adding a second one just after the halftime break. After that, it was just game management as the Burkinabe fought back hard but could only manage a consolation goal. Another grueling night awaits Mali when they play the hosts, a team they haven’t beaten in the last 4 meetings (D2 L2).

After narrowly surviving elimination from the group stages, Ivory Coast got their act together and gave a spirited performance against high-flying Senegal in the Round of 16. The defending champions scored early and had chances to run away with the game, but the Elephants fought back resiliently, especially in the 2nd half, to tie the game and eventually win it on penalties. The hosts will be hoping to get the job done earlier in this quarter-final tie.

One thing that is almost sure is that we may not have many goals in this tie if we look at previous meetings. Even in this tournament, Mali scored 5 goals while Ivory Coast managed 3 goals in 4 matches respectively. We expect a low-scoring match here, so our Mali vs Ivory Coast prediction is Under 2.5 Goals.

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Main tip: Under 2.5 Goals

Our Mali vs Ivory Coast Predictions

According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:

Prediction 1: Under 2.5 Goals

Neither of these teams have really lit up the tournament with goals so far. Mali managed 5 goals in 4 games so far while Ivory Coast have found the back of the net only 3 times in 4 games. Furthermore, this is traditionally a low-scoring fixture. Out of the last 5 head-to-head meetings, only 1 match scored more than 1 goal. We are, therefore, inclined to expect another tight game with few goals if any. For our Mali vs Ivory Coast prediction, we go for Under 2.5 Goals.

Odds for this bet

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The odd of 1.49 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 67% chance that there will be not more than 2 goals in total in this match.

Odds comparison for Under 2.5 Goals

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Prediction 2: Both Teams To Score No

Once again, matches between these two teams hardly produce any goals. 4 of the last 5 head-to-head matches had one or both teams failing to score, and 2 of the last 3 meetings were barren draws. In this years tournament, Mali kept a clean sheet in 2 of their 3 group games while all of Ivory Coast’s 3 group games had one team failing to score. A bet of Both Teams To Score No is appropriate here and you get high odds for it at 1XBet.

Odds for this bet

1XBet offers competitive odds for “Both Teams To Score No”

The odd of 1.60 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 63% chance that one or both teams will fail to score in this match.

Odds comparisons for Both Teams To Score No

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Prediction 3: Ivory Coast to Qualify

After achieving what looked like an impossible task in eliminating defending champions and tournament favorites Senegal, Ivory Coast will feel they are unstoppable now. The huge morale boost from the Round of 16 win is likely to give Ivory Coast a psychological advantage over Mali. This added to the multitudes of home supporters cheering the Elephants means Mali will have a long day. It will be a well-contested match, but Ivory Coast will prevail in the end to qualify.

Statistics for Mali vs Ivory Coast Prediction

H2H statistics

We look at the last 8 matches between these teams:

  • Mali got 1 win, Ivory Coast 5 wins, there were 2 draws
  • The matches scored an average of 1.63 goals per match
  • The last time they met Ivory Coast won 1-0

Latest results Mali

  • 3 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 matches
  • 11 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 2.20 goals per match
  • They beat Burkina Faso 2-1 in their last match

Latest results Ivory Coast

  • 2 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses in their last 5 matches
  • 8 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 1.60 goals per match
  • They drew 1-1 with Senegal in their last match
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Possible squad Mali vs Ivory Coast

Line upMaliIvory Coast
DefenseTraore, Kouyate, Niakate, SackoAurier, Kossounou, Ndicka, Konan
MidfieldCoulibaly, Camara, Haidara, DoumbiaDiakite, Kessie, Seri, Gradel
ForwardSinayoko, TraoreFofana, Krasso
CoachÉric ChelleEmerse Faé
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