Senegal v Ivory Coast Preview

November 14, 2013 | By

skybet_promo_new2014 World Cup Qualification 2nd Leg Play-Off action Saturday Night comes from Stade Mohamed V featuring Senegal versus Ivory Coast.

View our Betting Preview, Team News, Head to Head Statistics, Tips, Picks, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Senegal v Ivory Coast Preview, 2014 World Cup Qualification, Saturday 16th November 2013

Senegal have a huge task ahead of them having lost the 1st leg 3-1 at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny last month, but their injury time goal scored by Papiss Demba Cisse has provided them with a small chance of getting back into this game, although Alain Giresse’s side will have to put in a much better performance this time around as they were extremely fortunate not to have lost that 1st leg match by a lot more goals than they did after shocking defending throughout represented the Ivory Coast with chance after chance during the game.

Ivory Coast are in complete command now having easily won the 1st leg encounter, but they will be dissapointed at not having scored more goals in that game as they really could of made sure of qualification to next summers world cup if they had taken even a few of the numerous chances they were gifted by the Senegal defence and with Senegal grabbing a late consolation this tie is far from over.

Senegal v Ivory Coast Team News

Senegal Team News:

No injuries or suspensions for the hosts, so expect manager Alain Giresse to name his strongest side available in the hope of overturning that 3-1 defeat last month. 4-4-2 looks the likely formation with Papiss Demba Cisse and Moussa Sow leading the attack up front.

Ivory Coast Team News:

Defender Arthur Boka is the only player missing for the visitors as he continues recovery from injury. 4-3-2-1 looks the likely formation with Drogba leading the attack up front and receiving support in behind from both Gervinho and Salomon Kalou.

Senegal v Ivory Coast Head to Head Statistics

Saturday night’s game from The Stade Mohamed V will become just the 5th meeting between the two countries over the years from which Senegal have managed 1 win, Ivory Coast have managed 3 wins and there has been 0 draws.

The previous 4 meetings between the two nation’s as shown in our head to head statistics table below show Ivory Coast with a clear advantage having won 3 of the previous 4 games played with Senegal winning just the once.

12/10/13 WQA Ivory Coast – Senegal
3 : 1
13/10/12 ACO Senegal – Ivory Coast
0 : 2
08/09/12 ACO Ivory Coast – Senegal
4 : 2
15/08/06 FRI Ivory Coast – Senegal
0 : 1

Average Goals Per Game?

13 goals have been scored in the previous 4 meetings between the two countries which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 3.25 which suggests that this game should see at least a few goals scored on saturday night.

Senegal v Ivory Coast Recent Form (Last 5 Games – Left to Right)

Senegal: D W D W L

Ivory Coast: D W L D W

Both sides have exactly the same recent form having both won 2, drawn 2 and lost 1 of their previous 5 games played, although Ivory Coast did beat Senegal 3-1 in the first leg of this World Cup qualification match at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny on the 12th October last month.

Senegal v Ivory Coast Match Betting Odds Market.

Senegal were absoloutely shocking in the 1st leg and are extremely lucky to still be in this play-off as Ivory Coast could and should of scored at least 5 goals in that game, so no real surprise to see the online bookmakers having the hosts priced up at odds of 19/5 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) to cause what would be a shock win in this one.

The Draw probably the best result that Senegal can get here in my opinion, although that even looks unlikely after watching their defence crumble like a sand castle in that 1st leg last month and with a best price of 11/4 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers) I can’t honestly see this attracting much interest from punters.

Ivory Coast will no doubt be dissapointed at having not wrapped this tie up as they were guilty of missing a number of chances in that first leg match. However, they still have by far the stronger squad in my opinion and should have no problems winning this game as well on saturday night so their current odds of 5/6 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) does look decent value here.

Senegal v Ivory Coast Match Betting Tips, Predictions & First Goal Scorer Bets.

An early goal in this game by the Ivory Coast would mean no way back for Senegal and this would surely see the players heads drop like they did in the first leg when conceding early and once again Ivory Coast should dominate the game and come away as very comfortable winners.

Having watched the 3-1 victory that Ivory Coast recorded in the first leg, I was absoloutely shocked and amazed at just how bad the Senegal midfield and defence where in that game and with more composure up front the Ivory Coast could of easily scored 5 or 6 in that match.

I can’t see any viable reason why Senegal will win this game as although do have a couple of world class individuals in their squad the rest of the team is lacking in many areas and going up against a strong physical side like the Ivory Coast there can only be one winner of this game for me.

The goal stats suggest at least a few goals to be scored in this one and if the previous match is anything to go by we could see this game contain several goals come the full time whistle so the Over 2.5 Goals looks a very good option here along with Both Teams to Score YES and Anytime Goalscorer markets.

The Verdict

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