Match Preview: Ivory Coast 1-0 South Africa Prediction and Betting Tips | Africa Cup of Nations (Group D)

Ivory Coast – South Africa betting tips for today, June 24, 2019

Kick-off: 15:30 Ivory Coast – South Africa
Football: Africa Cup of Nations – Group D
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.53
Bookmaker: 1xbet
Match Result: 1:0 LOST

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Two-time Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) winners Ivory Coast (FIFA rank: #62) face one-time winners South Africa (#72) in the opening game of Group D. The higher-ranked Ivory Coast have never beaten South Africa in six prior H2Hs in all competitions and never managed more than a single goal (D4, L2).
Today could be the day for the Ivory Coast though, as they have scored at least three goals in three of their last five matches (2.2 per match average).
Though the ‘Elephants’ are unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 matches (W7, D4, L1), clean sheets are few and far between. Indeed, four of the victories in this sequence saw both teams score and Ivory Coast were leading at half-time in six of the seven wins (71.43% of wins 1-0 at HT).
When South Africa play there is a high likelihood of a stalemate. Seven of their last eight matches have ended level after 90 minutes, while each of the last two were goalless. Curiously, two of Bafana Bafana’s last three AFCON campaigns opened with draws.
Perhaps due to the draws, South Africa see little goalmouth action at either end, with six of their last eight matches seeing under 2.5 total goals in 90 minutes.
Players to watch: Ivory Coast’s Nicolas Pépé enjoyed his most fruitful season at club level, scoring 22 goals in 38 appearances; he was taken off for rest in their final warm-up game.
Luther Singh has scored two of South Africa’s last three goals across their last 471 minutes of football in all competitions.
Stat attack: Seven of Ivory Coast’s last 11 goals come after half-time.
Five of the six all-time H2Hs saw under 2.5 total goals scored.
South Africa have received at least two bookings in each of their last three matches (2.67 per match average).