Equatorial Guinea play Ivory Coast in Round 1 of Group E of the AFCON 2021.
The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, 12 January 2022. The match venue is Stade Japoma, Douala.
The latest betting tips, key stats, team news and projected starting lineups are previewed in this article. Below are the betting tips and match predictions for the Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast (January 12) game.
Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast (January 12) latest betting odds
Equatorial Guinea to win odds are priced at 14.00 (+1400 American; 14/1 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 5.25 (+425; 17/4), while Ivory Coast to win odds are priced at 1.25 (-400; 1/4).
The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Equatorial Guinea — 7%, draw — 18%, Ivory Coast — 75%.
Latest betting odds on Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast (12 January 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 2.25 (+125; 5/4)
- Under 2.5 goals — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
- Asian handicap (+1.75) on Equatorial Guinea — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
- Asian handicap (-1.75) on Ivory Coast — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 4.00 (+300; 3/1)
- Both teams to score (No) — 1.22 (-450; 2/9)
Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast (January 12) match preview and statistics
Equatorial Guinea are unbeaten in their last five games ahead of this tournament with three wins and two draws. This is their third appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations and their first appearance since 2015. They drew 1-1 against Mauritania in their last match. The Nzalang Nacional qualified for the competition as Group J runners-up in the qualifiers.
Aboubakar Kamara opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a right footed shot from very close range into the empty net, assisted by Mamadou Niass with a pass in the box. Saul Coco equalized in the 58th minute of the second half with a header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Equatorial team news: No player is injured or suspended for this match.
Ivory Coast are going into their 24th appearance at the African Cup of Nations. They qualified for the tournament as Group K winners. The Elephants 11-game unbeaten run came to an end in their last game, in which they lost 0-1 to Cameroon.
Karl Toko Ekambi scored the winning goal for Cameroon in the 21st minute of the first half with a right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top of the net. Top stats: 49% possession, nine-goal attempts, two shots on target, 24 free-kicks, six corner kicks, three saves, two yellow cards, 88 attacks, 53 dangerous attacks.
Ivory Coast team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.
Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast H2H
The only previous head-to-head match between Equatorial Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire in the tournament was in the quarter-finals of the 2012 AFCON. Cote d'Ivoire beat them three goals to nil. Their last meeting was a friendly match in 2015 and it ended in a 1-1 draw.
Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast (January 12) key players and lineups
Equatorial Guinea projected starting lineup:
- Jesus Owono
- Carlos Akapo
- Saul Coco
- Obono Esteban Obiang
- Miguel Angel
- Pablo Ganet
- Adrián Balboa
- Iban Salvador
- Emilio Nsue
- Frederic Bikoro
- Oscar Siafa
Emilio Nsue is the key player to watch out for in this team. He’s the player with the most goals for the national team, with 12 goals in 40 appearances. Nsue needs to pick up scoring boots for this match.
Ivory Coast projected starting lineup:
- Sylvain Gbohouo
- Odilon Kossounou
- Eric Bailly
- Willy Boly
- Serge Aurier
- Jean Michael Seri
- Franck Kessie
- Max Gradel
- Jean Kouassi
- Maxwel Cornet
- Sebastien Haller
The key player to watch out for is Sebastien Haller. He has scored 22 goals with six assists in 24 games for Ajax this season. There’s no doubt, Haller will be a contender for the golden boot if they manage to go far in the tournament.
Franck Kessie is another player to watch out for. He has scored five goals with an assist for Milan this season. Kessie has to drop good performances in the tournament to help the team achieve their goals. He was the joint-top assist provider in the last Africa Cup of Nations with three assists and was also the team’s topscorer in the tournament’s qualifiers with three goals.
Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast (January 12) betting tips and prediction
Ivory Coast are going to play their 24th AFCON tournament. They’ve won the tournament two times, in 1992 and 2015. Cote d'Ivoire have only lost twice in their last 20 group games at the tournament, winning 12 and drawing six. Ahead of this tournament, the Elephants have four wins and a loss in their previous five games. Their last game was their first loss after going unbeaten for 11 games. Patrice Beaumelle has top players at his disposal to return Ivory Coast as AFCON champions.
Equatorial Guinea are in good form as well, unbeaten in their last five games with three wins and two draws. They drew 1-1 against Mauritania in their last match. Comparing the set of players both teams have, the Ivorians have the upper hand in the quality of players. The odds are pointing to them as the outright winner of the opener. Predictions are Ivory Coast to win, over 2.5 goals, before the loss in Cote d’Ivoire’s last match, their previous four games they’ve scored three goals total in everything.
Betting prediction: Asian handicap (-1.25) on Ivory Coast
Odds: 1.64 (-156 American; 25/39 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.25 (+125 American; 5/4 Fractional)