Marc Wilmots’ talented young team have been widely touted as serious contenders for glory in Brazil this summer and are 8/13 (1.62) favourites with bet365 to boost their reputation even further with a win this evening.
Currently Africa’s most highly ranked team, Les Elephants are available at 9/2 (5.50) to pull off a shock victory in Brussels, while there are odds of 14/5 (3.80) on offer on the sides cancelling each other out with a draw.
Having finished top of a potentially tricky qualification group without suffering a single defeat, the hosts have been lauded to the extent that they can almost no longer be described as ‘dark horses’ for the upcoming World Cup, with their quality plain for all to see.
However, since qualifying that optimism has been tempered slightly by two consecutive friendly defeats on home soil, first against Colombia then rather more surprisingly at the hands of Japan after taking the lead early on.
While results in friendlies are not to be taken too seriously, Les Diables Rouges have now won just three of their last 11 exhibition games, while their opponents will be encouraged to note their record of just two clean sheets in that period.
With an embarrassment of riches to choose from in attack, including the likes of Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Wilfried Bony, Sabri Lamouchi will therefore be backing his team to find the net this evening, although just one clean sheet in the last nine suggests the defence may not prove quite as effective.
A bet on both teams to score would have paid out in eight of the Ivory Coast’s last nine matches in all competitions, as well as each of their last six away from home, meaning odds of 5/6 (1.83) are not to be missed on goals going in at either end tonight.
|Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 5/6 (1.83) with bet365
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