Afcon Stat Pack: All you need to know about Ivory Coast v DR Congo

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All the stats and numbers you need as defending champions, Elephants, prepare to take on The Leopards in Oyem.

Our good friends at Opta have complied all the numbers and stats you need to assess the teams’ chances ahead of today’s Afcon Group C clash at  Stade d'Oyem.

-  Ivory Coast are the defending champions, having won the AFCON in 2015; it was their second title after 1992. The last team to win back-to-back titles were Egypt (3 in a row from 2006 to 2010).

- This is Ivory Coast’s 22nd AFCON, a tally only bettered by Egypt (23).

- Meanwhile, this is DR Congo’s 18th AFCON participation. They have won it twice (1968 as Congo-Kinshasa, 1974 as Zaire).

- Ivory Coast and DR Congo have met four times previously in the AFCON. The Elephants hold the upper hand with two wins to one (D1), including a 3-1 semi-final victory in the last tournament two years ago.

-  The last two AFCON encounters between Ivory Coast and DR Congo have produced eight goals.

-  Ivory Coast have lost only one of their last 17 games at the African Cup of Nations (W10 D6), against eventual winners Nigeria in a 2013 quarter-final.

- DR Congo are unbeaten in their last seven group games at the AFCON (six draws followed by one win).

- DR Congo won their opening game this year despite having 11 fewer shots than their opponents, Morocco (1-0). They’ve never won their first two matches at an AFCON.

-  Seven of DR Congo’s last eight goals at AFCON have come after half-time.-Wilfried Bony delivered a brace of assists in Ivory Coast’s 3-1 win against DR Congo in the 2015 semi-finals.

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- No DR Congo player had more than one shot against Morocco in their opening game victory, Junior Kabananga scoring with his only attempt.

- This is Michel Dussuyer’s fifth AFCON tournament as manager. The Ivory Coast boss has never progressed further than the quarter-finals (2004 and 2015, both with Guinea).

-  DR Congo manager Florent Ibengé is taking charge of his second AFCON as manager. In 2015, he took his home nation to third place.