In an exhilarating climax to the Africa Cup of Nations, the Ivory Coast finds itself on the cusp of glory, navigating a path filled with unexpected twists and turns to reach the AFCON final.
Despite leading for less than two hours throughout the tournament and experiencing a managerial change, the Elephants have shown resilience and determination.
Their semi-final victory over Congo DR has set the stage for a titanic showdown against Nigeria, a team that has displayed consistency and tactical prowess throughout the competition. With Nigeria’s solid performance, including a dramatic semi-final win against South Africa, this final promises to be a clash of ambition versus execution, making it a must-watch for football aficionados.
Shifting the focus to the Premier League, Aston Villa and Manchester United are poised for a critical encounter at Villa Park. Villa’s quest for a top-table position has encountered recent setbacks, but the team remains a formidable force at home, despite recent defeats.
Manchester United, rejuvenated and climbing the ranks for a top-six finish, brings a winning momentum into this game, highlighted by a thrilling 3-2 victory over Villa in their previous meeting.
As both teams have shown a propensity to score, this match is anticipated to be a goal-laden affair, with implications for both squads’ ambitions this season. The stage is set for an enthralling weekend of football, from the grandeur of the Africa Cup of Nations final to the intense rivalry of the Premier League.
Both matches are top clashes featuring stars from all over the world. However, as bettors, what matters most is what are the most likely outcome for these games. Also, Not just on these two games, TopbetsSA picks the top five betting fixtures you can place your money on, plus extra tips for our readers.
Nigeria vs Ivory Coast (AFCON Final)
Hosting the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1984, the Ivory Coast has had a tumultuous journey to the final, narrowly advancing from the group stage with just one win and undergoing a managerial change. Despite their struggles and leading for less than two hours throughout the tournament, they’ve reached the AFCON final, seeking their first title since 2015 after a semi-final victory over Congo DR.
Nigeria, in contrast, has been more consistent, winning four out of six matches, including a critical semi-final win against South Africa via a late penalty. With a previous 1-0 win against the Ivory Coast in the group stage and two subsequent 1-0 victories, the Super Eagles are poised for success, making a bet on them to win by the same margin a compelling option.
Throughout the tournament, the Ivory Coast has been ahead for less than two hours and suffered a defeat to Nigeria during the group stages. Nigeria, on the other hand, has secured victories in four out of their six matches, with their most recent game extending beyond regulation time due to a last-minute penalty.
Tip: We expect Nigeria to Win or Under 2.5 Goals
Aston Villa vs Manchester United
Aston Villa’s title aspirations have hit a snag, winning just two of their last six league games, as they prepare to host Manchester United, who are chasing a top-six finish after securing 10 points from their last five matches. Despite recent home defeats, Villa’s ability to score suggests betting on both teams to score is promising, given their consistent home scoring record and United’s scoring streak in their last seven games.
The anticipation of a 2-2 draw is based on Villa’s resilience at home against top teams and United’s varied success against the top five. Key players to watch include Villa’s Ollie Watkins and United’s in-form Rasmus Hojlund, who has been directly involved in six goals in his last four appearances.
Villa has consistently found the net in their last four home matches, maintaining a perfect scoring record at Villa Park in all competitions this season. Meanwhile, United comes into this match on the back of scoring in their last seven games. Given their previous encounter ended in a 3-2 victory for Manchester United on Boxing Day, predicting goals from both teams in this upcoming match is a safe bet.
Below are our top five betting fixtures for Sunday;
5️⃣ Top five selections – Over 2.5
- West Ham Utd vs. Arsenal
- Lorient v Reims
- Go Ahead Eagles v PEC Zwolle
- Heerenveen v Ajax Amsterdam
- FC Volendam v PSV Eindhoven
Five Picks – BTTS
- Sporting CP v Sporting Braga
- Holstein Kiel v Schalke 04
- Feyenoord v Sparta
- Lorient v Reims
- AC Milan v Napoli
Five – Wins (Winning team in Bold)
- Santa Clara vs. Porto
- Sevilla FC v Atletico Madrid
- Bologna v Lecce
- FC Barcelona v Granada
- Stuttgart v FSV Mainz
You can also check out our Rugby predictions.
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