Match Preview: Mali 0-1 Ivory Coast Prediction and Betting Tips | Africa Cup of Nations (Round of 16)

Mali – Ivory Coast betting tips for today, July 8, 2019

Kick-off: 17:00 Mali – Ivory Coast
Football: Africa Cup of Nations – Round of 16
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.66
Bookmaker: Bet365
Match Result: 0:1 LOST

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Still unbeaten in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Mali have conceded just two goals across their opening three matches, with the goals in question coming after the 70th minute. Conceding late is a genuine habit, with four of their previous five goals conceded all coming in the final 20 minutes of play.
Although they have won just five of their previous 11 international matches (W5, D4, L2), ‘Les Aigles’ do tend to secure victory in a dominant manner. Four of those five wins were accompanied by a clean sheet, and three of those same victories saw them score three or more goals.
Despite suffering defeat already in the tournament (W2, L1), Ivory Coast still possess a solid record, winning six of their previous eight matches (W6, L2). Strikingly, 50% of those eight matches finished by the same 1-0 scoreline (W3, L1).
Overall, ‘Les Éléphants’ tend to perform best after the break, and have scored 68.75% of their goals in that eight-game sequence in the second half.
Ivory Coast also own a dominant H2H record over Mali, winning six of the previous nine H2H meetings (W6, D2, L1). The one-sided nature of the fixture is reiterated even further, by the fact both teams have scored in just three of those H2H fixtures.
Players to watch: Moussa Marega has already opened his AFCON account for Mali, and has scored five goals in his previous 11 appearances for club and country.
Jonathan Kodjia has scored two goals with his right foot in his last four international appearances for Ivory Coast.
Stat attack: Five of Mali’s last six international matches have seen both teams score.
There have been three penalties awarded across Mali’s previous four matches.
Each of Ivory Coast’s last five matches have finished by a scoreline of either ‘1-0’ or ‘4-1’.