With three winners in his last four selections, top tipster Adam Bate turns his attention to Cote d'Ivoire's meeting with Angola and can see the scores ending all square
Having won their first two games they have already qualified for the knockout stages, and it is this fact that will muddy the waters for the shrewd punter.
Needless to say, motivation is a key factor in sport and given that the group leaders can also be expected to rotate their squad in order to protect their stars for the challenges to come, the Elephants might not be at their best in this one. They can be backed for the win at a narrow 8/13 (1.62) with Sportingbet.
The circumstances will surely play into the hands of an Angola side requiring just a point to ensure their own place in the quarter finals.
A slight complication is that Angola are one of only four teams in the tournament to have both scored and conceded in each of their matches so far. This indicates they might not be the best at playing out a dull draw. Angola are 9/2 (5.5) to win the game with Sportingbet.
The task of beating their star studded opposition may prove too much for this Angola team but a draw – which would suit both sides – is within their capabilities, so that is the Bet of the Day in this one. The draw is available at 23/10 (3.3) with Sportingbet.
For a value bet, the score draw looks a distinct possibility. Cote d'Ivoire should be able to play with a little more freedom than we have seen in their opening games. Angola, meanwhile, have already showcased both their defensive frailty and their attacking ambitions. Sportingbet are offering 22/1 (23.0) on the 2-2 draw and that’s a competitive price for a plausible outcome.
Bet of the Day – draw at 23/10 (3.3) with Sportingbet
Value Bet – 2-2 draw at 22/1 (23.0) with Sportingbet
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