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Congo DR v Ivory Coast: Bony prince set for crowning glory

| 04.02.2015

We’ve reached what can best be described as the business end of proceedings in the Africa Cup of Nations with pre-tournament favourites Ivory Coast two games away from long-awaited glory and Congo DR aiming to keep upsetting the odds.

Having already dispatched rivals Congo 4-2 in the quarter-finals, the underdogs look a tempting prospect to win in 90 minutes at 9/2 while the Elephants are 4/6 for a routine win with 5/2 offered on the game going to extra time.

But with Manchester City’s new main man finding his feet we are predicting a routine, if eventful, victory for the Ivorians and here are three bets to help you make the most of the action.

Over 4.5 goals to be scored @ 6/1

After watching Congo DR blitz Congo with four goals in the final 25 minutes, we’re confident of seeing another goal fest here particularly as the Ivory Coast also seem to be hitting top gear in front of net with three in their last game against a solid Algeria outfit.

A grand total of seven goals were scored the last time these two met in the qualification for this very tournament and a similar result could leave you seriously in the money.

Wilfried Bony to score first @ 7/2

If you had to pick one man to get among the goals here it would be City’s new January addition with Bony finally finding his rhythm last time out with a fine brace against the Desert Foxes.

The 26-year-old opened the scoring the last time the Ivory Coast beat Congo DR and after netting first against Algeria he looks primed to repeat the feat here.

Ivory Coast to win and both teams to score was 3/1 now 4/1

A Ladbrokes price boost special and one tip you won’t want to ignore, with 19 of the 28 games played so far featuring goals for both teams the statistics suggest goals are likely at both ends here.

More important the two recent encounters between these sides last year featured goals for both the Ivory Coast and Congo DR while the Elephants progressed past Algeria with a 3-1 win.

Having dispatched one of the most fancied sides in the tournament, it could prove a canny move to back history to repeat itself here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.