Our football match prediction:
Ivory Coast did not kick off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign in style, with the team playing out a goalless draw with Togo in their opener. The Elephants had no more than two shots on target during the match and it seems as if pacey winger Gervinho (injury) is going to be sorely missed at the showpiece tournament in Gabon. Anyhow, Ivory Coast take on Congo DR in their second group game and we predict that the title holders will adopt an attack-minded approach in Friday’s football match. Congo DR, on the other hand, did well to beat Morocco in the opening match of their Africa Cup of Nations campaign and it has to be noted that they finished the game with ten men on the field. Lomalisa Mutambala misses the Ivory Coast game through suspension and, taking everything into account, there is a certain value in betting on the star-studded Elephants, who want this win more than their rivals.
Highlighted Player (Eric Bailly):
Eric Bailly started his youth career at Espanyol and he made five league appearances for the first team as well. In 2015 he joined fellow La Liga side Villarreal and after playing 35 league games for the Camp El Madrigal outfit, the Ivory Coast defenders signed a four-year contract with Manchester United. Eric Bailly is well known for his speed and he is very strong physically. He plays as a centre back, but he is capable of playing as a full back if needed as well. Bailly made his Ivory Coast debut on 11 January, 2015 in a friendly game against Nigeria. The 187-cm-tall defender represented the Elephants at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and, no doubt, he helped the team win the prestigious trophy at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea. Eric Bailly participated in the 2016 Community Shield final and it has to be noted that Manchester United defeated Leicester City 2-1 in the Wembley Stadium clash.
Highlighted Team (DR Congo):
Democratic Republic of Congo made no more than one appearances at the World Cup finals. DR Congo qualified for the major tournament in 1974 and they were playing under the name of Zaire back then. Zaire failed to impress at the showpiece tournament in West Germany as they were beaten by the likes of Scotland, Brazil and Yugoslavia in the group stages. The Leopards suffered a heavy 9-0 loss to Yugoslavia in Gelsenkirchen and that is considered the team’s biggest defeat. DR Congo (Zaire) won two Africa Cup of Nations titles, with the team lifting the prestigious trophies in 1968 and 1974. It has to be noted that the team won the bronze medal at both the 1998 and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. DR Congo play their home games in sky-blue shirts with red sleeves, while the colour of their away kit is white. Dieumerci Mbokani is the team’s most notable player.