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Niger vs Ivory Coast Predictions & Tips - Away win tipped for Ivorians against struggling Niger
- Niger vs Ivory Coast Predictions for Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
- Match is being played at 16:00 GMT at Stade Général Seyni Kountché
- Niger have lost 6 of their last 9 matches
- An Ivory Coast win is tipped in Niamey
- Betting tips, predictions and team news for Niger vs Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast back to win to nil (Getty Images)
Niger vs Ivory Coast Predictions
Niger still have an outside chance of qualification but need to win this match. That could leave space on the counter for the pacey Ivory Coast attack. The Ivorians are hard to beat and are tipped to take an important victory on the road.
Ivory Coast sit ahead of Madagascar on goal difference with Ethiopia two points ahead having played a match more. The Ivorians therefore need a victory.
- Niger have lost 6 of their last 9 matches (Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers).
- Niger have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 5 matches against Ivory Coast (all competitions).
- Niger have lost 2 of their last 4 home matches (Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers).
- Ivory Coast have won 3 of their last 5 matches (Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers).
- Ivory Coast have lost just 1 of their last 9 away matches (3 wins, 5 draws) (Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers).
Head to Head
Ivory Coast hold a 3-2 advantage over Niger across their five matches with no draws.
The two teams last met in November 2019 as Ivory Coast beat Niger 1-0.
Niger started their Africa Cup of Nations qualification with a 1-0 defeat away to Ivory Coast. They were then humiliated 6-2 at home by Madagascar before bouncing back to beat Ethiopa 1-0 at home.
Niger then lost 3-0 away to Ethiopia in their next qualifier before playing in the CHAN tournament featuring only domestic-based players. They drew 0-0 away to Libya before a 1-1 draw away at Congo.
In their last match, Niger lost 2-1 at home in the CHAN to Congo DR.
Niger Squad & Team News
Goalkeepers: Moussa Alzouma, Daouda Kassaly, Abdoul Haildou
Defenders: Abdoulkarim Mamoudou, Abdoul Garba, Hervé Lybohy, Yacouba Diori, Abdoul Razak Seyni, Amadou Harouna
Midfielders: Daniel Soungole, Youssouf Oumarou, Boubacar Talatou, Boubacar Moumouni, Ali Mohamed, Fabrice Yao, Ousmane Diabaté, Victorien Adebayor, Issah Salou, Moumouni Darenkoum, Mahamadou Sabo
Forwards: Issa Djibrilla, Boubacar Haïnikoye, Amadou Moutari, Kairou Amoustapha, Mohamed Wonkoye, Idrissa Halidou, Abdoul Aziz Ibrahim.
Niger are expected to be without veteran defender Hervé Lybohy for this clash. This is due to rules put in place by French clubs to prevent France-based players from travelling for matches outside the EU.
Midfielder Youssouf Oumarou scored Niger’s winner against Ethiopia and will be a key player in the engine room.
Ivory Coast Form
Ivory Coast started their Africa Cup of Nations qualification with a 1-0 home win against Niger before losing 2-1 away to Ethiopia.
A 1-1 friendly draw away to Belgium followed before 1-0 loss away in a friendly to Japan.
The Ivorians then beat Madagascar 2-1 at win in AFCON qualifying before a 1-1 away draw at the same opposition in their last match.
Ivory Coast Squad & Team News
Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo, Badra Ali Sangaré, Eliezer Ira Tape
Defenders: Serge Aurier, Wilfried Kanon, Eric Bailly, Simon Deli, Odilon Kossounou, Sinaly Diomandé, Willy Boly, Kalpi Ouattara, Fousseny Coulibaly, Zié Ouattara
Midfielders: Max Gradel, Serey Die, Franck Kessie, Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro, Seko Fofana, Christian Koffi, Ibrahim Sangaré
Forwards: Jonathan Kodjia, Nicolas Pépé, Maxwel Cornet, Wilfried Zaha, Yohan Boli, Lago Junior, Souleymane Coulibaly, Amad Diallo, Jean Evrard Kouassi
Ivory Coast will be without Gervinho and Sebastien Haller in attack due to injury and COVID-19 respectively.
Manchester United winger Amad Diallo has received his first international call-up and could make his debut.
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Niger are in a must-win scenario to still have a chance of qualifying, however they face an in-form Ivory Coast side. I'm backing this match to see under 2.5 goals with Ivory Coast to win with a clean sheet.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals Total Goals @1.80 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Ivory Coast Win To Nil Win To Nil @3.00 at Caesars (Sport) - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Ivory Coast Win 2-0 Correct Score @10.00 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit