Match Time:7/11/2019 23:59 Thursday(GMT+8)
Algeria will face Cote d'Ivoire in the quarter finals of this year's Africa Cup of Nations. I have previously praised Algeria for their abundant squad depth. Bench players such as Islam Slimani and Adam Ounas are just as good as the regular starters including the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Baghdad Bounedjah. In the round of 16 fixture against Guinea, it was Adam Ounas, having scored 3 goals so far in the tournament, who helped to seal a 3:0 victory for the team. With a huge range of attacking options to choose from, Algeria, having crowned the tournament in 1990, have a great chance to clinch the title once again this time.
Cote d'Ivoire's Franck Kessie and Jean Michael Seri have partnered up in the holding midfield position for all 3 group matches. However, they pushed Franck Kessie to a more attacking position in the last 16 fixture against Mali, with Jonathan Kodjia spearheading in the front line. It was a conscious decision for them to avoid making mistakes while prioritizing defensive solidity, which means they have to sacrifice a lot of possession and attacking opportunities. Luckily, they have the talented Wilfried Zaha to step up and scored the winner for them. More of the same is expected for Cote d'Ivoire in the next game as they continue with their counter-attack approach.
Having kept 4 clean sheets so far, Algeria are without a doubt the best defensive side of the tournament. In their coming game against Cote d'Ivoire, their defense will focus on marking Wilfried Zaha and Jonathan Kodjia. At the same time, their top-notch attacking line leading by the lethal goal scorer Riyad Mahrez will seek to convert any given chances. With superiority on both attacking and defensive ends, Algeria should be able to advance to the semi-finals with a 2:0 victory.
Cote D Ivoire VS Algeria
Pick:Cote D Ivoire