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AFCoN Final: Gervinho to help Ivory Coast erase penalty pain

| 07.02.2015

The Africa Cup of Nations concludes in Bata on Sunday evening and despite a recent history of super-tight finals, free-scoring nations Ivory Coast and Ghana can leave a celebratory feel to the 2015 tournament.

Having reached their third AFCON showpiece in the last six editions, Ivory Coast are understandable favourites to win the match inside 90 minutes at 7/5, though four-time winners Ghana are not big outsiders at 11/5, next to the draw at 2/1.

As you’ll see from our best bets for the clash, we believe the star-studded Ivory Coast can put the horrors of successive penalty shoot-out losses in the final to bed inside normal time.

Gervinho to score anytime @ 14/5

The Roma and former Arsenal forward is part of the most fearsome strike partnership in the competition alongside Manchester City’s new signing Wilfried Bony.

As the Elephants ran out 3-1 winners over DR Congo in the semis it was the second match in succession that Gervinho had got onto the scoresheet and the second match in a row his nation had bagged three.

Result Rush boost: Ivory Coast to win and BTTS was 9/2, is now 6/1(from 8.00 a.m Sunday)

This offer from Ladbrokes look like a fine one to take up given Ghana have also scored three times in each of their knock-out games to reach the final.

Furthermore the last two meetings between the west African neighbours have produced goals at either end and ten it total, with the Elephants running out 3-1 winners in 2010.

Andre Ayew to score anytime @ 7/2

The man with the joint-most goals at the Africa Cup of Nations is a plump price to add to his tally.

A target for several Premier League clubs after shining for the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup, the Marseille forward’s goal against Equatorial Guinea to make it 3-0 – his third of the competition – sparked the riots which ensued.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.