Sports Innovation previews the World Cup match between Ivory Coast and Mozambique and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
Ivory Coast welcome Mozambique to Stade de L’Amitie on Saturday for a World Cup qualifier.
10 points from four games leave Ivory Coast in first place in Group D. With only two fixtures left, the Elephants are on the brink of sealing a spot in the third round. They must win on Saturday though, as second-placed Cameroon trail by just a single point in the table.
As for Mozambique, there really isn’t much to say. The Mambas are rock bottom in Group D and, therefore, won’t qualify for the next round. The winless visitors have just one point and are on a three-match losing streak.
Facts and figures for Ivory Coast vs Mozambique in World Cup.
- Ivory Coast has won the last 3 matches in a row;
- Ivory Coast unbeaten the last 4 matches in a row;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Ivory Coast’s last 3 matches in the row.
- Mozambique has lost the last 3 matches in a row;
- Mozambique did not win the last 4 matches in a row;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Mozambique’s last 8 of 10 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 2.5 in Mozambique’s last 4 of 6 matches.
Current form — Ivory Coast vs Mozambique
The Elephants are on a roll
Ivory Coast go into this encounter high on confidence following 4 wins from their last 6 matches. Patrice Beaumelle’s side have really been enjoying their football in their previous 3 matches, which started off with a 2-1 win against Cameroon. They beat Malawi by 0-3, before also getting the better of Malawi in a 2-1 victory.
Confidence is low for the Mambas
The mood around Mozambique is gloomy at the moment on the back of 3 straight defeats. Horácio Gonçalves’ side first lost 1-0 to Malawi before suffering back-to-back losses at the hands of Cameroon, 3-1 and 1-0 respectively.
Ivory Coast vs Mozambique — fixture history
The last time these teams faced each other, the game finished with a 0-0 scoreline.
Ivory Coast head into their upcoming match against Mozambique with a 33% winning record in recent World Cup meetings. In 3 encounters, that amounts to a 1-2-0 record for the home side, as they amassed a win rate of 0%.
Wilfried Zaha may not be available, but Ivory Coast have got other decent goalscoring options. One of them is Sebastien Haller, who has scored 3 times in his last 6 appearances. Franck Kessie is also looking sharp. The AC Milan midfielder scored the winner in the 2-1 triumph over Malawi last time out.