03/02 Daily Predictions: Back South Africa and Ivory Coast wins

Betting Tips

On Saturday night, South Africa and Cape Verde will play to conclude the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations, which has been full of surprises.

Encouraged by their recent performance, the Cape Verde Islands will be looking for more of the same following their 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations triumph over Mauritania. South Africa will enter the game having defeated Morocco 0-2 in their previous Africa Cup of Nations matchup. TopbetsNG picks the top five betting fixtures you can place your money on plus for our readers.

Cape Verde vs South Africa

The largest surprise of the tournament is Cape Verde, which is the fourth-smallest nation in Africa in terms of population. The well-liked Blue Sharks are unbeaten at the AFCON and have performed admirably against some heavily favored teams, like Egypt and Ghana.

Nevertheless, despite Cape Verde’s tiny size, its athletes play for competitive European teams; therefore, their success is by no means coincidental. Having seen every one of their games, we can confidently state that they are doing admirably and we wouldn’t be shocked if they went on to win the championship.

South Africa hasn’t been doing well lately; they didn’t even make it to the AFCON the past time, and they didn’t make it to the World Cup the previous three times. They finished second in Group E of this AFCON with Tunisia, Namibia, and Mali. South Africa faced Morocco in the 1/8 Finals, and despite Morocco’s superiority, South Africa managed to prevail and advance to the next round of the competition.

Verdict

It would have been absurd to predict that Cape Verde would defeat South Africa a few years ago. Still, we think the Blue Sharks are marginally superior to the well-liked “Bafana Bafana” at this juncture, and we anticipate seeing them in the semi-finals. Despite the fact that 2017 Africa Cup of Nations has been more goal-filled than typical, only two of the eight games in the knockout stages have gone over 2.5 goals. Combined with South Africa’s strong defense, which has allowed fewer than three goals in five of their previous six games, this tournament appears to be cagey.

Tip: South Africa to Win / Under 2.5 Goals

South Africa to Win – ❌

Under 2.5 Goals – ✅

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Mali vs Ivory Coast

In what promises to be an exciting match, Ivory Coast and Mali square off in the AFCON quarterfinals this Saturday.

In response to a crushing 4-0 loss to Equatorial Guinea, the host country eliminated holders Senegal in the round of sixteen, while Mali maintained their unblemished record following a 2-1 victory over Burkina Faso.

Mali is undoubtedly the best team in this tournament, but Ivory Coast has a good roster and home advantage, and their victory over Senegal might prove to be the turning point after a disappointing tournament thus far.

After the group stages, the host country boldly decided to fire Jean-Louis Gasset and name Emerse Faé as interim manager. It appears that the action was successful.

Mali perhaps haven’t faced a test as tough as Ivory Coast as yet and they have a poor record against their opponents, with two defeats and no wins in the last four meetings.

Verdict

We could see goals at both ends and this should be a reasonably competitive game because Les Aigles has only failed to score in one of their AFCON games and Ivory Coast has only kept one clean sheet. In this competition, both sides’ matches had modest scoring totals for the most part. In fact, in three of the four games, both teams scored fewer than 2.5 goals. For this close match, the best bet should be under 2.5 goals.

Tip: Ivory Coast to Win / Under 2.5 Goals

Ivory Coast to Win – ❌

Under 2.5 Goals – ✅

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Below are our top betting fixtures for Saturday:

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Over 2.5 goals

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