With both Belmadi’s men and Les Elephants likely to try and keep things tight at the back, Al Hain-Cole expects the action to unfold after the break
In-form Algeria will be hoping to reach the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals for just the second time in 19 tournaments when they take on Ivory Coast at the New Suez Stadium on Thursday.
Djamel Belmadi’s team are the only side left in the competition with a 100 per cent record, having won all four of their matches en route to the quarter-finals.
They are 11/10 (2.10) favourites with bet365 to maintain that winning streak and progress to the final four for the first time since 2010.
However, Les Elephants ran out 3-1 winners when this pair last met at this stage of the competition back in 2015, and can be backed at 3/1 (4.00) to come out on top once again.
Two of the last three encounters between this pair have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 2/1 (3.00) on this game going into extra-time following a stalemate.
With no injuries or suspensions to deal with, Belmadi is likely to stick with the same line-up that overcame Guinea 3-0 in the last 16.
Serge Aurier remains injured, meaning Mamadou Bagayoko will retain his place at right back.
As well as recording four wins from four, Les Fennecs are yet to even concede a goal in an extremely impressive march to the quarter-finals.
In contrast, Ibrahim Kamara’s men have been rather less convincing, not securing qualification to the knockout stages until the final group game following a 1-0 defeat against Morocco in their second fixture.
They were hardly the better side in the narrow 1-0 last 16 win over Mali either, enjoying less of the possession and soaking up the pressure before scoring a breakaway winner late in the second half.
Likely to employ similar tactics against the in-form Algerians, odds of 11/10 (2.10) look like solid value on Ivory Coast ensuring the action doesn’t unfold until the second half for their fourth game in five at this tournament.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.
Highest scoring half: second for a 1.5pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with bet365