Group D Fixtures and Predictions

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Updated: January 16, 2013
African Cup 2013

Match 1: Ivory Coast vs. Togo

 

Date: January 22, 2013
Time: 23:00 (GMT +08:00)
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South Africa

Ivory Coast will return as favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations, with their first challenge being against Togo. The Elephants have won thrice and drawn twice in their last five games; the Sparrow Hawks have three wins, one draw and one loss.

 

Ivory Coast

  • Highest FIFA Ranking in 2012 – 14
  • Total Africa Cup of Nations Appearances – 19
  • Best Africa Cup of Nations Result – 1992 (Champions)

Ivory Coast are favourites to win this year’s competition just like last year. They lost to surprise package Zambia in last year’s final – one that brought great frustration. They have proven themselves as one of the strongest sides in Africa, given their experience and squad power.

Familiar names within the Elephants include Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure. Drogba is an excellent striker, having made his greatest impact with Chelsea as a top goal scorer. Toure is among Manchester City’s important figures, being a brilliant box-to-box midfielder.

 

Togo

  • Highest FIFA Ranking in 2012 – 88
  • Total Africa Cup of Nations Appearances – 6
  • Best Africa Cup of Nations Result – 1972, 1984, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2006 (Group Stages)

Togo have always been stuck within the group stages of the competition each time they receive qualification. The Sparrow Hawks are in a difficult group this year with Ivory Coast as their first opponent, giving them narrow chances to advance to the next stages.

Tottenham Hotspur striker and national team captain Emmanuel Adebayor has confirmed his commitment to this year’s competition, despite his dispute with the team management. Midfielder Moustapha Salifou and defender Dare Nimbou are both highly experienced.

 

Football Betting – Asian Bookie Odds: Ivory Coast as Favourites, 1.5-Handicap for Togo

 

12BET.com, known as a leader in football betting worldwide, picks Ivory Coast as favourites to win at 1.870. The Elephants need to grab victory by two goals in order to exceed Togo’s handicap of 1.5 (2-0 to 2-1.5 for Ivory Coast).

 

 

Match 2: Tunisia vs. Algeria

 

Date: January 23, 2013
Time: 02:00 (GMT +08:00)
Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South Africa

Tunisia will start their Africa Cup of Nations campaign against Algeria, in a bid to repeat their 2004 achievement. The Eagles of Carthage won once, drawn twice and lost twice in their last five fixtures, while the Fennec Foxes have three wins, one draw and one loss.

 

Tunisia

  • Highest FIFA Ranking in 2012 – 41
  • Total Africa Cup of Nations Appearances – 15
  • Best Africa Cup of Nations Result – 2004 (Champions)

Tunisia became one of the nations that won the competition’s title in 2004. They are among the strong contenders for this year’s title, yet they are in a difficult position in Group D, otherwise known as the Group of Death.

Striker Issam Jemaa is the Eagles of Carthage’s main scorer for the competition, having emerged as a star Tunisian top-flight club Esperance. Midfielder Oussama Darragi, an ex-Esperance man now playing in Swiss Super League’s Sion, will provide his playmaking skills to the national squad.

 

Algeria

  • Highest FIFA Ranking in 2012 – 19
  • Total Africa Cup of Nations Appearances – 14
  • Best Africa Cup of Nations Result – 1990 (Champions)

One of the higher-rated national teams in Africa, Algeria faces the challenge of going head-to-heads against the continent’s top teams in Group D. Nevertheless, their reputation for scoring many goals stands out as their main advantage.

The Fennec Foxes are brimming with experienced members. Midfielder Karim Ziani has provided great playmaking influence in the squad’s 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign. Strikers Islam Slimani and El Arbi Hillel Soudani have proven a remarkable partnership up front.

 

Football Betting – Asian Bookie Odds: Algeria as Favourites, 0-0.5 (0.25)-Handicap to Tunisia

 

12BET.com, offering odds in football betting in asia and in other parts of the world, rates Algeria as favourites to win at 2.200. The Fennec Foxes need to win by one goal in order for their punters to win against Tunisia’s handicap of 0-0.2 (0.25) (0-1 to 0.25-1 for Algeria).