Pre and still tournament favourites Ivory Coast and Algeria collide
Coral football writers cover the second and final day of the quarter-fianls at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), where current and pre-tournament favourites Ivory Coast and Algeria (both 3/1) clash, after Ghana (4/1) and Guinea’s (16/1) game.
Ghana v Guinea
This duo met in the 2012 AFCON and produced a 1-1 draw, so take odds of 11/5 for a share of the spoils again in 90 minutes, and a tempting 11/2 price for that scoreline.
Guinea, who are 3/1 outsiders for victory, have arguably been the surprise team of the tournament so far, qualifying from a tough group featuring Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Mali. They reached this stage at the expense of the latter, after literally being hand picked after a drawing of lots.
But it is Ghana who go into this encounter as the even-money favourites, after finishing top of the ‘group of death’. If that price doesn’t tempt you enough, Coral are offering a match special (with a max stake of £20) for the Black Stars to win and former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan to score anytime.
Gyan has netted already this tournament, and he is a 13/8 chance in the anytime market.
For Guinea, meanwhile, back Borussia Monchengladbach’s Ibrahima Traore, who has a goal and two Man of the Match awards to his name, in the same market at 4/1.
Ivory Coast v Algeria
This is by far the biggest clash of the quarters in terms of quality. Despite both teams still being joint-tournament favourites, they struggled to get through their respective groups, having to win their final game to ensure progression.
They will be difficult to separate, but Coral make Ivory Coast slight favourites at 17/10 for victory, with Algeria priced at 15/8. A draw in 90 minutes at 19/10, though, could be the best bet.
There are also great odds on offer at 6/1 (max stake £20) in a matchday special for the Elephants to win and Manchester City’s new big money signing Wilfried Bony scores anytime. His Citizens clubmate Yaya Toure is a 16/5 chance in the anytime market.
For Algeria, Porto striker Islam Slimani and Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb have goals this AFCON, and they are respective 14/5 and 7/1 shouts to find the net.