Ivory Coast vs DR Congo: Match Preview and Prediction

Ivory Coast vs DR Congo: Preview, Prediction and Bet Tips-20th January 2017

Ivory Coast vs DR Congo
African Cup of Nation 2017 – Group C
Date: Friday, 20th, January 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 UK/ 17:00 CET
Venue: Stade d’Oyem.

Congo DR made the best start in group C, beating Morocco by a lone goal on Monday night. They have another tough test in this fixture as they are up against Ivory Coast at Stade d’Oyem on Friday night.

The Ivorians shared the spoils with Togo on Monday night as the game ended goalless despite their huge chunk of possession. They are tied on same point (1) and same goal difference with the Togolese side. Winning this game will be Dussuyer’s to priority as that will keep the group open till the final group stage game.

Congo DR are cruising on top of group C with 3 points to their name, thanks to Kabananga’s 2nd half goal against Morocco. While a win in this fixture will qualify them for the knockout stages and a draw or lose will keep them waiting for the final game to know their fate.

Ivory Coast: Team News

Dussuyer is expected to make minimal changes to the eleven that started in the group opener against Togo. However, Doukoure is expected to be in the starting line-up this time, while Seri drops to the substitutes.

Ivory Coast: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)

Gbohouo – Traore, Kanon, Bailly, Aurier – Doukoure, Die, Kessie – Kalou, Kodija, Zaha

DR Congo: Team News

The head will likely repeat his line-up that won against Morocco. Mutambala will not be available for selection as he got 2 yellow cards in the previous match.

DR Congo: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)

Matampi – Zakuani, N’Sakala, Tisserand, Issama – Mbemba, Bokadi, Mulumba – Bakambu, Kabananga, Mubele.

Ivory Coast vs DR Congo: Head to Head Statistics

  • Both teams have met 7 times in the past with each team winning 3 games each and drawn once.
  • The have both scored 14 goals each in their previous meetings.
  • This will be their 5th meeting in the African Cup of nations.
  • Both teams have won twice in their previous 4 AFCON games.

Ivory Coast vs DR Congo: Prediction

It will be best Congo to play defensively and avoid losing the game and gain control of group C. The star studded Ivorian team are the favorites but could be frustrated in 5 his game.
We are expecting deep defensive play from the Congolese side which will affect the score line.

Ivory Coast vs DR Congo: Bet Tips

Under 2.5 goals at 1.57 (4/7)
Both teams NOT to score at 1.62 (5/9).