Alain Giresse's men need to strike twice in order to keep their World Cup dream alive, but our tipster can't see them keeping out their dangerous opponents at the other end
Senegal will be hoping to overcome a 3-1 deficit when they take on Cote d'Ivoire in Saturday’s World Cup qualification play-off second leg in Casablanca.
Alain Giresse’s men have only won one of their three ‘home’ matches since being banned from their own national stadium due to the riot that broke out after their defeat to these same opponents in last year’s African Cup of Nations qualifier, but are available at 7/2 (4.50) with William Hill to come out on top at the Stade Mohamed V.
The visitors are yet to taste competitive defeat in 2013 and are favourites at 5/6 (1.83) to seal their place in Brazil with a third successive qualification victory on the road.
Les Lions de la Teranga have drawn five of their last nine fixtures, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on this one finishing all square.
Although the hosts were given a glimmer of hope by Papiss Cisse’s last-minute away goal in Abidjan, realistically they are severely up against it to come back from such a difficult position against one of the continent’s most in-form teams.
Indeed, having scored 18 times in seven matches this qualification campaign so far, Sabri Lamouchi’s side must fancy their chances of putting the tie to bed with a goal or two of their own, and are unlikely to sit back and attempt to soak up the pressure.
The likes of Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Gervinho are sure to be licking their lips at the prospect of facing a defence who have kept just two clean sheets in their last 13 games, meaning another high-scoring affair looks likely for les Elephants.
At least three goals have been scored in 10 of the Ivory Coast’s last 13 competitive fixtures, so even odds (2.00) seem extremely generous on at least three going in when they come up against a Senegal side in desperate need of goals.
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