Mali vs Ivory Coast
World Cup Qualifiers – Africa
Date: Friday, 6th October 2017
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Stade du 26 Mars (Bamako).
The Group C of the World Cup qualifiers in African zone is poised for an intense finish with all four teams having the mathematically chance of booking a place for Russia 2018. But, only one of the teams will go through from the group.
Ivory Coast are top of the group with 7 points, closely followed by Morocco on 6 points and Gabon on 5. While Mali are at the rock bottom with 2 points, but they need a miracle to qualify with 8 points even if they win their remaining two games.
Mali are the only team without a win in the group. The team managed to score just 1 goal from their four games so far, and this inability is the root cause of their failures this term.
Mali’s both home games in the period are 0-0 draws, while they suffered heavy defeats in the pair of away games.
Ivory Coast could have got ahead in the qualification race, if not for a surprising 1-2 defeat at home to Gabon last time up. This was the match that turned the table upside down as Gabon clawed back into the qualification race out of nowhere.
The Ivorians are unbeaten in their two away games this term, with a 0-0 draw in the tricky fixture away at Morocco and a convincing 3-0 win at Gabon.
Mali vs Ivory Coast: Head-to-head
Ivory Coast had heavily dominated Mali in recent head-to-head meetings as they picked 6 wins from the last 8, while drawing and losing 1 each.
The reverse leg of the corresponding fixture was a comprehensive 3-1 win for the Ivorians.
One of the key feature in their meetings is the lack of goals, as 5 of the last 6 saw under 2.5 goals.
Mali vs Ivory Coast: Prediction
There is no doubt that this could be a highly competitive affair as both teams are looking for a win for two obvious reasons. But, the team with a positive intent is Ivory Coast, also they are the one with confidence.
Mali’s problems lie in scoring goals and this could be the key factor that dent their chances here.
Correct Score Prediction: 0-1 Ivory Coast win for 6.50 odds @ 888Sport.
Mali vs Ivory Coast: Bet Tips
FT – Ivory Coast to win for 2.25 odds
Value is in backing ‘Under 2.5 goals and Ivory Coast to win for 4.10 odds.