Date and Time: Sunday, February 11, 20:00 GMT
Venue: Olympic Stadium of Ebimpe
Nigeria Going for their Fourth Continental Crown and First Since 2013
Nigeria have been imperious so far at the tournament, making light of all comers before they were made to work for the win over South Africa in the semi-final, prevailing in a penalty shoot-out. This run of form makes them the football pick to win the final.
Kelechi Iheanacho was at hand to grab the winning spot-kick to put Nigeria into the final and within touching distance of their fourth AFCON win and the first since 2013.
Their form at AFCON reads four wins and one draw, six goals scored and one conceded, and four clean sheets kept.
This an imperious run of form for the Super Eagles; football predictions tip them to leverage their solidity and cutting edge to win the final against the hosts Ivory Coast on Sunday.
|Key Players to Watch
|Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, and Bassey
|Solidity at the back
|Controlling matches in possession
Ivory Coast’s Roller Coaster at AFCON on Home Soil Continues into the Final
Ivory Coast, who won the Continental Cup in 1992 and 2015, have had a tumultuous tournament that has pleasingly ended up in a final against Nigeria in front of home supporters.
The Elephants were forced to sack their manager, Jean-Louis Gasset, after they were hammered 4-0 by Equatorial Guinea, with football bet predictions writing them off at this stage.
The defeat looked to have been a tournament-ender, with free football predictions on 22bet tipping immediate elimination for the hosts. However, they just about made it into the last 16 and subsequently knocking out defending champions Senegal and fancied Mali.
A returning Sebastien Haller grabbed the only goal in the semi-final clash against DR Congo, sealing passage for the Elephants to the final.
|Key Players to Watch
|Controlling the match through possession
|Vulnerable on the counter
The head-to-head statistics show that the two sides are evenly matched. Expert soccer predictions tip the clash between Nigeria and Ivory Coast to be rightly fought across the pitch, a cagey affair with few chances.
The two sides have met four times since 2006, with each winning twice. These statistics further add to the expectation that this match will be tight, and that fine margins and details might decide the winner of the trophy on Sunday.
Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, and Bassey
Nigeria’s imperious defense will be in display at the final. The three center-backs have been pivotal to the Super Eagles’ run to the final. They have kept four clean sheets out of the five matches they have played.
The three defenders will also be responsible for organizing the side, handling set pieces, and launching attacks from the back when Nigeria are in possession.
The striker will add a cutting edge to the Ivory Coast game. The challenge that the Elephants faced early in the tournament was a lack of cutting edge in the final third to complement their good build-up play.
Football predictions analysis show that Haller will offer the finishing touch, ruthlessness, runs, and positioning Ivory Coast will need to trouble the imperious Nigerian defensive set up.
This will be a defense versus attack. Nigeria will retain their tried and tested tactics of being pragmatic and attacking on the counter.
Ivory Coast will face the impetus to take the game to the Super Eagles. As the home team, they will shoulder the expectations to dominate the match, play good football, and create chances.
Nigeria vs. Ivory Coast Expert Analysis
The Super Eagles will retain their back-three approach with Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, and Bassey making up the three defenders. A four-man midfield and three-man attack will form the rets of the 3-4-3, giving them a balance to their defensive phase and transition attacks.
The Elephants of Ivory Coast will look to retain their ball-playing 4-3-3 formation, giving them control of the midfield. Their wide players will stretch the game and attack with pace down the flanks.
Pre-match odds on 22bet predict a very tight match. The odds are evenly split, with Nigeria handed the slightest of edges.
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Nigeria’s compact approach will give them the edge in this match. They rarely concede, and they have enough firepower upfront to hurt teams.
Nigeria will win the match and lift the 2024 AFCON trophy on Sunday.
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