Ivory Coast vs. Nigeria Quarter Final Preview, Prediction, and Pick

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Ivory Coast vs. Nigeria Quarter Final Preview, Prediction, and Pick

The third quarterfinal of AFCON 2013 would bring yet another smile on supporters and fans of African Football. The two popular teams of Western Africa are about to play in the semifinal of Africa Nations Cup 2013. Nigeria would play against Ivory Coast on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 15:00 GMT in Rustenburg. As the history suggests, Nigerian team has always produced closely fought games and this one is not expected to be anything different. Ivory Coast, on the other hand, has performed clinically and was favorites from long before the tournament started. However, it is quarterfinals stage and nothing short of surprising is expected; result is possible as all teams play reasonably well.

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Ivory Coast also known as Cote d'ivoire has been playing extremely well in the tournament and results suggest the same thing. They won two of the games and drew one game and lost none in the opening round of AFCON 2013. They have scored as many as 8 goals in 3 games and only 3 goals were scored against them. Their players are playing well within the game plan and it is paying off.

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Nigeria has performed well, but not well enough. Their manager is making too many changes to the team which is really affecting team balance and chemistry. Nigeria has managed to win only a single game in this year's AFCON and have drawn two. Their only victory against Ethiopia wasn't as convincing as it needs to be. Ivory Coast is a strong team and to advance to the semis, Nigeria need huge improvement.

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Ivroy Coast has always been one of the most popular teams of not only Africa, but of the world too. If Nigeria wants to prevail in this encounter, they'd need to play extremely hard and hope for the best. Ivory Coast is looking in awesome touch and Nigeria, on the contrary, hasn't been able to score freely. In my opinion, Nigeria would be knocked out of the tournament with Ivory Coast winning the game rather comfortably.

  • Prediction: Ivory Coast: 3 Nigeria: 1

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Nigeria has played ordinary soccer in this tournament and it looks like they might not be good enough to challenge in-form Ivory Coast side. I'd place my money of Ivory Coast for this game.