The pick of the bunch in the Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 sees Ivory Coast and Egypt lock horns in search of a place in the quarterfinals and we will be previewing the mouth-watering tie in this Ivory Coast vs Egypt prediction article.
Our Top Ivory Coast vs Egypt prediction
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Ivory Coast were near-perfect in the group stages where they laid down a title marker heading into the knockout phase while Egypt still have gears to find so we are backing a victory for Cote d'Ivoire in this one.
Ivory Coast vs Egypt – Match Preview
The Japoma Stadium in Douala plays host to Ivory Coast and Egypt on Wednesday as the teams continue their hunt for success at this year's AFCON.
Ivory Coast vs Egypt – Team Previews
Ivory Coast breezed past the Fennec Foxes of Algeria in a comfortable 3-1 victory on Thursday to round off their group-stage campaign on a high.
Franck Kessie, Ibrahim Sangare and Nicolas Pepe were all on the scoresheet for Patrice Beaumelle's men before Sofiane Bendebka pulled one back for his side in the 73rd minute.
After claiming seven points from three outings, Les Elephants finished top of Group E with a one-point advantage over Equatorial Guinea in second.
Having lost just one of their 15 outings across all competitions, Ivory Coast have established themselves as one of the firm favourites to go all the way in Cameroon and their seven-year wait for continental glory.
After coming as on a substitute in his side's opening fixture, Nicolas Pepe has found the back of the net in the subsequent two matches which he has both started and is one to keep an eye on.
With 16 international strikes to his name, Max Gradel currently sits one goal away from cracking the top 10 of his nation's all-time scoring chart.
Predicted lineup; Badra Ali Sangare; Serge Aurier, Simon Deli, Eric Bailly, Wilfried Kanon; Frank Kessie, Jean-Michael Seri, Ibrahim Sangare; Max Gradel, Nicolas Pepe, Sebastien Haller
Needing a victory to confirm their place in the second round, Egypt saw off the threat of Sudan in a narrow 1-0 triumph at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo on Wednesday.
Twenty-two-year-old Mohamed Abdelmonem opened the scoring 10 minutes before the interval to hand Carlos Queiroz's men a crucial victory in Yaounde.
The Pharaohs recovered from an opening defeat to finish as runners-up in Group D behind Nigeria, setting up Wednesday's heavyweight tie as a result.
Stuttgart winger Omar Marmoush picked up a minor injury in the 56th minute last time out but should be fine enough to participate in this one.
Akram Tawfik has not featured since he was hauled off in the first half of his nation's AFCON opener against Nigeria and is not expected to be available for the 2010 champions.
Predicted lineup; Mohamed El-Shennawy; Ayman Ashraf, Ahmed Hegazy, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Omar Kamal; Mohamed Elneny, Amr Al-Sulaya, Abdallah El-Said; Mohamed Salah, Omar Marmoush, Mostafa Mohamed
The Ivory Coast vs Egypt odds are as follows:
*Odds from Bet9ja, correct as at the time of publishing
Ivory Coast vs Egypt Head to head stats
Matches played: 21
Ivory Coast won: 7
Egypt won: 11
Ivory Coast have won just one of the last five meetings between the teams although that victory did come in the most recent encounter back in 2013.
This article was most recently revised and updated 4 months ago