If there is an overall favorite for the African Cup of Nations before the tournament even starts this is Ivory Coast who begin their tournament against Guinea. Both teams lost their last friendly matches before the start of the tournament, and if Guinea lost against Senegal with 5-2, then Ivory Coast lost against Sweden 0-2, but did not manage to score at least one goal.
Ivory Coast have a team full of talents and names practically everyone knows, but somehow have failed to live up to the expectations placed on them. During the World Cup they won only one match of their group and lost the other two. They have no injury worries despite the fact that Yaya Toure had an injury scare during training and is yet unclear whether the African Player of the Year will get to start or withdraw from the competition. Should the unexpected happen, Ivory Coast have Kalou, Bony, Gervinho, Doumbia and Traore to create and deliver scoring chances. Their backline will benefit from Kolo Toure and Serge Aurier’s expertise and it will end up being whether Guinea will be able to exploit the hosts shortcomings.
The visitors have played five matches against Ivory Coast, didn’t manage to win against them, but have a 0-0 draw to boast with. Zayatte, Guinea’s captain will face a fitness test to see whether he can start seeing as a hamstring injury kept him out of a few matches with his club. Seydouba Soumah is their main goalscorer with 5 goals in six matches, now with 6.75 odds from 888sport to score anytime. Before the tournament they are regarded as one of the weakest teams of the group, but with a point to prove, Guinea is also tipped to display a good form. Seeing as Kevin Constant joined the team in their training camp, expect the midfielder to influence the depth of the midfield area.
Ivory Coast have been given 1.50 odds to win, which will work only if you use an accumulator bet, Guinea have 7.00 odds, and a draw has 3.80 odds. Both teams to score has 2.23 odds, Ivory Coast to lead at half time 2.14 odds, Guinea 6.25 and Ivory Coast with a -1 handicap has 1.93 odds. The wincast markets for both teams are: Bony to score and Ivory Coast to win with 3.00 odds, and Ibrahim Traore to score and Guinea to win with 13.00 odds. Doumbia and Bony both have 2.55 odds to score anytime, and we’re going to bet 7 units on Ivory Coast to score in both halves with 2.75 odds from 888sport.