Afcon 2021: Ivory Coast vs Algeria Preview - Kick-off time, TV channel, squad news
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The reigning champions risk getting knocked out of the competition after managing just a point in their previous two matches

The Africa Cup of Nations defending champions Algeria will get eliminated from the competition if they fail to win on Thursday against Ivory Coast at Omnisport Stadium in Douala.

For the Elephants, a draw will be enough to see them through to the knockout phase. They are currently top of Group E with four points that came from a win and a draw.

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The Desert Foxes, who had come into the competition as favourites to make it to the latter stages after going 34 matches without defeat, have managed just one point from the two matches played so far.

The North Africans have struggled to score despite having talented players in the attacking department including Manchester City ace Riyad Mahrez.

GameIvory Coast vs Algeria
DateThursday, January 20
Time16:00 GMT

TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch

Online StreamingTV Channel
DStv.com/DStv Now App https://www.showmax.com/eng/welcome/zaSuperSport TV's PSL channel 202/SuperSport TV's Variety 3 channel 208

Squads & Team News

Ivory Coast-Sierra Leone

Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly might miss the game after a knock picked up in the 2-2 draw against Sierra Leone. He went out limping and no information has been relayed on the same.

Goalkeeper Ali Badra Sangare, who was at fault for Leone Stars' late equaliser, did not finish the game after picking up an injury. Just like Bailly, it is not yet clear whether he will be involved.

Apart from the aforementioned situations, the Elephants might stick with the same players who played in the game against Sierra Leone meaning Ajax attacker Sebastien Haller might once again lead the attack, with Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe and his counterpart from Crystal Palace Wilfried Zaha playing on the wings.

Djamel Belmadi & Islam Slimani, Algeria

Meanwhile, the defending champions have not yet scored in the ongoing competition and will be desperate to do so against the West Africans.

West Ham United winger Saidi Benrahma, and Islam Slimani will be hoping to start on Thursday after starting from the bench in the team's goalless draw against Equatorial Guinea.

The only concern will be on Djamel Benlamri who did not finish the game after sustaining an injury. If he fails to recover, then Mehdi Tahrat might be given a chance.

Aissa Mandi, Rami Bensebaini, Youcef Belaili, Baghdad Bounedjah and Abdelkader Bedrane are a booking away from missing the next game if their team defies the odds to make it to the round of 16.

Match Preview

The two teams will be meeting for the ninth time in the competition. The West Africans have managed three wins with the North Africans managing two while three matches have ended in draws.

It will be the fifth time the teams are meeting in Afcon since 2010 which happens to be the most played fixture in that time alongside Ghana and Mali. Interestingly, the last four encounters between the two have produced 15 goals.

The Desert Foxes could fail to win all three of their group stage games at a single edition of the Afcon for the first time since 2017 when they managed two draws and a loss.

Ivory Coast have lost just two of their last 16 matches at the biennial competition, winning seven and drawing as many games, with both losses coming against Morocco in the 2019 and 2017 editions. The Elephants are unbeaten in their last five games in Afcon, winning three and drawing two.

Ivory Coast

form

All
LES 0 - 0 CIV
D
CIV 3 - 1 ZAM
W
ENG 3 - 0 CIV
L
FRA 2 - 1 CIV
L
CIV 0 - 0 * EGY
L
CIV 3 - 1 ALG
W
CIV 2 - 2 SLE
D
EQG 0 - 1 CIV
W
CMR 1 - 0 CIV
L
CIV 3 - 0 MOZ
W
Algeria

form

All
IRN 1 - 2 ALG
W
TAN 0 - 2 ALG
W
ALG 2 - 0 UGA
W
ALG 1 - 2 CMR
L
CMR 0 - 1 ALG
W
CIV 3 - 1 ALG
L
ALG 0 - 1 EQG
L
ALG 0 - 0 SLE
D
ALG 3 - 0 GHA
W
TUN 0 - 2 ALG
W
Head to Head
5 Matches (1 Draws)
2 Total wins 2
2 Home wins 0
0 Away wins 2
Last 5 Matches
2 Wins
1 Draw
2 Wins
CIV 3 - 1 ALG
CIV 1 - 1 * ALG
CIV 3 - 1 ALG
ALG 2 - 2 CIV
CIV 2 - 3 ALG
11 Goals Scored 8
Games Over 2.5 Goals 4 / 5
Both Teams Scored 5 / 5
Team Comparison
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Player Comparison

Match Facts

  1. Côte d'Ivoire and Algeria are meeting in the Africa Cup of Nations for the ninth time. Côte d'Ivoire hold the upper hand with three wins to Algeria’s two (D3), although their last encounter saw Djamel Belmadi’s men prevail on penalties in the quarter-finals of the 2019 edition.
  2. Côte d'Ivoire and Algeria will face off for the fifth time in the Africa Cup of Nations since 2010, the most played fixture in that time alongside Ghana-Mali. Their last four encounters have produced 15 goals.
  3. Algeria could fail to win all three group stage games at a single edition of the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 2017 (D2 L1). Coming into MD3 at this year’s tournament, no side has attempted more shots than Algeria (32), who have yet to find the net.
  4. Côte d'Ivoire have lost just two of their last 16 matches at the Africa Cup of Nations (W7 D7), with both defeats coming against Morocco (in 2019 and 2017). Indeed, Côte d'Ivoire are unbeaten in their last five in the competition (W3 D2).
  5. Algeria’s Sofiane Feghouli has scored two goals in the Africa Cup of Nations – both have come against Côte d'Ivoire: in 2013 and 2019.
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