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Spain vs Ivory Coast Predictions & Tips - Evenly matched defences to draw in 90 minutes
- Spain vs Ivory Coast Predictions for Saturday’s Men’s Olympics quarter-final
- Match is being played at 09:00 BST at Miyagi Stadium
- Spain have drawn 3 of their last 4 matches
- Who will win in extra time?
- Betting tips, predictions and team news for Spain vs Ivory Coast
Spain and Ivory Coast backed to go the extra 30 minutes (Getty images)
Spain vs Ivory Coast Predictions
Both of these sides have very talented young players mixed with experienced senior internationals. I am tipping a very tight match between two solid defensive units to end in a draw.
- Spain vs Ivory Coast Predictions
- Spain have drawn 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
- Spain have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 4 matches (all competitions).
- Ivory Coast have drawn their last 2 matches (Olympics).
- Ivory Coast have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 2 matches (Olympics).
Head to Head
This is the first ever meeting between these sides at this level.
Spain qualified for the Olympics as the four best-performing teams at the European Under-21 Championship held in 2019.
La Rojita played out a 1-1 draw with Japan on the eve of the tournament before a dull 0-0 draw with Egypt in their opening group match.
An 80th minute winner from Mikel Oyarzabal secured a 1-0 victory against Australia in their second match. Their last saw a 1-1 draw with Argentina after leading 1-0 through Mikel Merino’s goal.
Spain Injuries & Team News
Goalkeepers: Unai Simón, Álvaro Fernández, Iván Villar
Defenders: Óscar Mingueza, Marc Cucurella, Pau Torres, Jesús Vallejo, Eric García, Óscar Gil, Juan Miranda
Midfielders: Martín Zubimendi, Mikel Merino, Dani Ceballos, Carlos Soler, Jon Moncayola, Pedri,
Javi Puado, Bryan Gil
Forwards: Marco Asensio, Dani Olmo, Rafa Mir, Mikel Oyarzabal
Spain have a settled side with Pau Torres and Eric Garcia at centre back. Midfielder Dani Ceballos is out injured with an ankle problem.
In attack, Marco Asensio should start in preference to Carlos Soler. Barcelona’s midfielder Pedri is the team’s key player.
Ivory Coast Form
Ivory Coast made it to the Olympics after finishing as runners up in the 2019 Africa under 23 Cup of Nations.
They began their Olympics group stage with a 2-1 win against Saudi Arabia despite Aboubacar Doumbia’s late red card. Their next match brought a 0-0 draw against Brazil despite playing with a man more for 65 minutes.
Their last match was a 1-1 draw against Germany. They took the lead through a 66th minute own goal before their opponents levelled in the 73rd minute.
Ivory Coast Injuries & Team News
Goalkeepers: Maxime Nagoli, Ira Eliezer Tapé, Nicolas Tie
Defenders: Silas Gnaka, Eric Bailly, Kouadio-Yves Dabila, Ismaël Diallo, Wilfried Singo, Zié Ouattara, Koffi Kouao
Midfielders: Idrissa Doumbia, Franck Kessié, Eboue Kouassi, Cheick Timité,
Forwards: Youssouf Dao, Amad Diallo, Christian Kouamé, Kader Keïta, Parfait Guiagon, Max Gradel, Aboubacar Doumbia
Striker Aboubacar Doumbia is available again after suspension but may have to settle for a place on the bench. Midfielder Eboue Kouassi misses out after his red card against Brazil.
Man Utd’s exciting winger Amad Diallo is expected to be used as an impact substitute. Youssouf Dao and veteran Max Gradel should line up down the flanks Soualiho Haïdara’s team.
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Both Spain and Ivory Coast have been tight at the back during the Olympics. We are backing them to draw 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes.
Best Bet: Draw 90 Minute Result @3.80 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @7.50 at PlaySugarhouse Sport - 1 Unit