Algeria - Ivory Coast Betting Preview: Expect goals with the pressure off in Phokeng

With nothing but pride to play for, the Fennec Foxes take on Sabri Lamouchi's under-strength group winners and Al Hain-Cole is expecting plenty of goals
With Ivory Coast already having secured top spot in Group D, and Algeria doomed to an early exit from this year’s competition, Wednesday’s clash may seem like something of a dead rubber.

However, Sabri Lamouchi’s promise to use the game as an opportunity to give some of the younger players a chance should add some extra intrigue, while their opponents will certainly not want to return home after three straight defeats.

The prospect of a slightly weakened line-up explains Paddy Power’s seemingly generous 3/4 (1.75) odds on a victory for the tournament favourites, although their North African adversaries are still unfancied at 4/1 (5.00) to get the better of their under-strength opponents.

This pair last met at the Africa Cup of Nations back in 2010, when they played out a draw in normal time of their quarter-final clash, and you can get odds of 5/2 (3.50) on them cancelling each other out this time.

With nothing concrete to play for, both sides can perform with an air of freedom in this encounter, meaning we should be in for an open game at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

There will be none of the defensive football that has plagued some of the fixtures at this year’s competition, and The Elephants should be expected to provide yet more goals in this game.

At least three have been scored in each of the last five matches involving Lamouchi’s men, making odds of 11/10 (2.10) look unmissable on at least three goals going in today.

Changes in defence mean that some of these goals will probably end up in the Ivory Coast net, and the most likely scorer for Algeria is undoubtedly Islam Slimani.

The Belouizdad striker hit five goals in five competitive games for the Fennec Foxes prior to this tournament, and is therefore good value at 2/1 (3.00) to get on the score sheet this afternoon.

If this match ends 0-0, Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score & Scorecast singles.

Over 2.5 goals at 11/10 (2.10) with Paddy Power
Islam Slimani to score anytime at 2/1 (3.00) with Paddy Power

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.