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AFCON Final: Nigeria vs Ivory Coast Prediction, Head-to-Head, Line-ups

AFCON 2023 Final Preview

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast it is for the 2023 AFCON Final

Throughout the tournament, we’ve witnessed thrilling matches, stunning goals, and unforgettable moments, and the final promises to be no different. Will Nigeria secure their fourth tournament victory, or will Ivory Coast claim the title on home turf?

AFCON 2023 Final Preview

As the delayed 2023 Africa Cup of Nations draws to a close, hosts Ivory Coast are gearing up to face Nigeria at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium today.

Join Daily Report NG for an in-depth AFCON 2023 final preview of this epic African showdown.

Progress to the Final

Nigeria’s Road to Final

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have maintained an unbeaten streak throughout the AFCON games, scoring 7 goals and conceding only 2 goals in 6 matches played.

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Their journey to the semi-finals saw them triumph over South Africa in a nail-biting penalty shootout, following a 1-1 draw after extra time.

Nigeria’s AFCON form: D W W W W W

Ivory Coast’s Road to Final

The Ivorian team has had quite a tumultuous journey. They made a bold move by sacking their head coach during the group stages, narrowly avoiding elimination. However, they rallied in the knockout stages, eliminating defending champions Senegal and overcoming DR Congo in the semi-finals.

Throughout their campaign, the hosts have scored 6 goals but conceded 7 in six matches.

Ivory Coast’s AFCON form: W L L W W W

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast possible Lineup

Nigeria formation (3-4-3)

Goalkeeper: Stanley Nwabali

Defenders: Semi Ajayi, Williams Troost Ekong, Calvin Bassey

Midfielders: Ola Aina, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, Zaidu Sanusi

Forwards: Moses Simon, Victor Osimhen, Ademola Lookman

Coach: José Peseiro

Ivory Coast formation (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Yahia Fofana

Defenders: Ghislain Konan, Evan Ndicka, Wily Holy, Wilfried Singo

Midfielders: Seko Fofana, Jean Michael Seri, Frank Kessie

Forwards: Simon Adingra, Nicolas Pepe, Max Gradel

Coach: Emerse Faé

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast Head-to-Head

Nigeria and Ivory Coast are set to face off for the eighth time at the Africa Cup of Nations. So far, Nigeria has secured three wins, while Ivory Coast has clinched victory twice, with two matches ending in draws.

Notably, their encounters have occurred in all three AFCON editions where the Super Eagles emerged as champions. These include a group stage draw in 1980, a thrilling 4-2 victory for Nigeria on penalties after a 2-2 semi-final draw in 1994, and a 2-1 win for Nigeria in the quarter-finals in 2013.

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast Prediction

According to the Opta supercomputer, Nigeria is heavily favored to win the 2023 AFCON final. In 56.2% of the 10,000 pre-match simulations, José Peseiro’s team emerged victorious within 90 minutes, solidifying their status as favorites.

However, Ivory Coast shouldn’t be discounted entirely. The prediction model assigns them a 30.2% chance of defeating their opponents without needing extra time, suggesting that they could still pose a significant challenge.

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