Ivory Coast will be hoping to avoid falling victim to the latest Africa Cup of Nations upset when they take on Mali in Monday’s last 16 clash.
Several of the pre-tournament favourites have already fallen by the wayside, including Morocco, holders Cameroon and hosts Egypt.
However, Ibrahim Kamara’s men are 6/5 (2.20) favourites with William Hill to progress safely to the quarter-finals by overcoming a team they have lost against just once in the previous seven meetings.
Les Aigles qualified for the knockout stages as undefeated group winners, but are 13/5 (3.60) outsiders to pull off a victory at the New Suez Stadium.
The sides shared a 0-0 draw when they last met in 2017’s World Cup qualifier, and you can get odds of 19/10 (2.90) on them taking this game into extra-time with another stalemate.
Moussa Marega and captain Abdoulaye Diaby are likely to return after being rested from the starting XI for the 1-0 win over Angola last time out.
Serge Aurier remains sidelined due to a hamstring injury, meaning Mamadou Bagayoko is likely to maintain his place at right back.
Despite their star-studded squad, Les Elephants did not book their place in the knockout stages until the final group game – an emphatic 4-1 victory over Namibia.
That free-scoring performance will surely have boosted the confidence of a dangerous attack that has scored 16 times in the last eight fixtures.
However, Mohamed Magassouba’s team is also in high spirits after an impressive group stage, which saw them extend their run of scoring in every match to nine in a row.
All in all, odds of 6/4 (2.50) are surely generous on both teams getting on target for Mali’s sixth game in seven, particularly as Ivory Coast have kept only one clean sheet in six matches.