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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Defensively sound Elephants can keep it clean

Aston Villla's Jonathan Kodjia leads the line for Ivory Coast
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Group C
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Ivory Coast v DR Congo
Ante-post favourites Ivory Coast made an average start to the defence of their Africa Cup of Nations crown but the Elephants looked solid enough in the 0-0 draw against Togo to suggest DR Congo will struggle to make too much of an impact.

Ivory Coast don't make huge appeal at a shade of odds-on and a better bet comes in taking them to keep a clean sheet, something they managed easily enough in their Group C opener.

Togo were limited to one shot on target against a top-level Ivory Coast defensive line including Manchester United's Eric Bailly joined by Paris St-Germain's Serge Aurier and Adama Traore of Monaco. 

However, Ivory Coast no longer have the quality of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure in the final third. These days the line is being led by Aston Villa hitman Jonathan Kodjia.

DR Congo, who started their tournament with a shock 1-0 win over Morocco, were dominated on the statistics in that encounter and could miss the inspiration of injured winger Yannick Bolasie.

There has also been a suggestion that some sides are struggling in the heat of the earlier game which won't help the potential for goals.

Recommendation
Ivory Coast to keep a clean sheet
1pt 11-10 Coral

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Morocco v Togo
Morocco are probably still wondering how they lost to DR Congo given they won the shot count 11-4, the corner count 9-1 and had over 60 per cent of the possession in the 90 minutes.

Manager Herve Renard knows what he is doing at this level and there is no need for Morocco to start panicking. They have enough quality at their disposal to beat a Togo side who defended well in their 0-0 draw with Ivory Coast but have little up front.

Captain Emmanuel Adebayor, without a club since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season, leads the line and he is understandably a bit rusty.

One goal could be enough for Morocco to take maximum points.

Recommendation
Morocco
1pt 11-10 Betfair, Coral, Sky Bet

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There has also been a suggestion that some sides are struggling in the heat of the earlier game which won't help the potential for goals
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