Sports Innovation previews the AFCON match between Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
A last-16 spot in the Africa Cup of Nations is up for grabs on Sunday as Ivory Coast look to book their spot by beating Sierra Leone.
The Elephants sit two points clear at the top of Group E following a 1-0 opening day win over Equatorial Guinea. Another victory on Sunday will seal a spot in the knockout rounds, with a game to spare.
Sierra Leone, however, head to Douala on a high after holding AFCON title holders Algeria to a 0-0 draw. They’ll seek to build on that here by causing another upset.
Facts and figures for Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone in Africa Cup of Nations.
- Ivory Coast has won the last 3 matches in a row;
- Ivory Coast unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row;
- Ivory Coast has won the last 3 matches in a row at home;
- Ivory Coast has won in the last 4 of 5 matches.
- Sierra Leone unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row;
- Sierra Leone did not win the last 15 matches in a row when playing away;
- Sierra Leone unbeaten the last 3 matches in a row when playing away;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Sierra Leone’s last 10 of 12 matches.
Current form — Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone
The Elephants claimed opening win
Ivory Coast keep brushing aside all resistance claiming yet another win to their collection last time out. They extended their excellent form to four wins in five games (L1) by beating Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in their AFCON opener and hope to continue this run on Sunday.
The Leone Stars claimed point in opener
Results have been on par for Sierra Leone in their past games, as they have performed more or less according to expectations. In their last 3 matches, they drew 0-0 with Ethiopia and then lost 2-0 to Comoros before holding Algeria to a 0-0 draw in their AFCON opener.
How do the bookies view it?
Ivory Coast are billed as the strong odds-on favorites to take home the spoils of victory in this AFCON match. The Elephants are priced at 1.33 with Betfair to claim all 3 points. A draw pays out at 5.25 with ComeOn!, while Betfair is also offering odds of 9.00 for Sierra Leone to cause an upset.
Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone — fixture history
This will be the first time in 6 years these teams take on each other. Depending on your betting strategy, you could do worse than adding the team showing the most stable results to your accumulator.
Ivory Coast enter the match against Sierra Leone with a 2-2-0 record in their previous 4 encounters in the Africa Cup of Nations. This amounts to a 50% winning ratio for the Elephants, with the away side victorious in 0% of the last 4 encounters.
Current table in the Africa Cup of Nations
Man of the Moment
It is the beginning of a new Africa Cup of Nations campaign, and both Ivory Coast and Sierra Leone will be looking for their main strikers this season. Accordingly, we have listed some of the in-form players who are expected to be getting it on for each team across recent games.