LionsBet Preview Cote d’Ivoire – Morocco: Back both teams not to score

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Herve Renard’s side have one foot in the global showpiece and will look to make it count when they face their West African opponents

Cote d’Ivoire welcome Morocco to the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in a crunch Group C 2018 World Cup qualifier that could determine whether they make to Russia or not.

Marc Wilmots' men could only draw with Mali in their previous qualifier and this puts them on the back foot going into the crucial tie as anything other than a win which LionsBet quotes at odds of (1.85) means the 2015 African champions won’t be at next year’s World Cup.

The Atlas Lions triumphed over Gabon last time out which sees them top Group C. Herve Renard’s men head to the Ivorian capital knowing that they can’t afford to slip up. Victory at odds of (4.55) would guarantee they make their first appearance at the mundial since the 1998 edition.

Morocco

A draw just as an in the reverse fixture would be enough to see the Moroccans through and it’s (3.05) with the same betting firm for that to happen.

The 1976 Africa Cup of Nations champions have remained undefeated in Group C, winning twice and drawing thrice. Fully aware of what is at stake for them, the North Africans are priced at (1.65) to either win or draw in Abidjan.

Seven of the last 10 meetings between these two African giants has produced less than two goals and with both teams looking to take a cautious approach, punters can back a similar scenario at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Stadium at odds of (1.40).

Ivory Coast Morocco PS

Only twice in the same 10 previous encounters did both sides find the back of the net. ‘No’ at odds of (1.55) is the favoured outcome with LionsBet.

Still on their last 10 games, 1-0 is the result in five of them. Backing that scoreline for the Ivoirians is available at (4.45) while it’s a pricy (8.00) for the Moroccans.           

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