In the dynamic world of football, two enthralling matches stand out this week. First, we turn our attention to the Africa Cup of Nations, where Ivory Coast, buoyed by fervent home support, faces Guinea-Bissau in what promises to be a captivating opener. The Ivorians, with a blend of experience and ambition, aim to recreate their past glories against a relatively inexperienced Guinea-Bissau team.
Shifting focus to the Premier League, a compelling clash awaits as Newcastle United, grappling with recent setbacks, prepares to host the formidable Manchester City. The Magpies, seeking to reverse their recent string of losses, face a stern test against Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens, who arrive with an impressive streak of victories and an eye on extending their dominance away from the Etihad.
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.
Ivory Coast vs Guinea Bissau
Ivory Coast, this year’s Africa Cup of Nations hosts, eagerly anticipates initiating their journey with a win against Guinea-Bissau. Despite their 2015 triumph, recent tournaments have seen them falter before the semi-finals. Overcoming the jinx that has plagued host nations, who haven’t clinched the title in the last eight editions, remains a challenge.
With robust recent performances and passionate home crowd support, Ivory Coast is poised for a victorious start against Guinea-Bissau. With a relatively green squad where 13 players have fewer than ten caps, the latter suffered a 6-2 defeat against Mali in their previous game.
Expect a goal-rich opener in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, defying its usual low-scoring nature. Ivory Coast’s recent matches have been goal fests, with 21 goals in their last five games, suggesting a high-scoring encounter.
The cooler evening temperatures in Ebimpe and Anyama should contribute to a more dynamic and engaging game.
Guinea-Bissau, having scored in five of their last six matches, shouldn’t be underestimated in their scoring abilities. A 2-1 victory for Ivory Coast could be a wise prediction for those betting on the correct score.
This match, set under the night sky, promises an increased chance of a goal-laden spectacle. With Ivory Coast’s recent track record of 21 goals in five games, betting on a home victory with more than 2.5 goals seems a prudent choice.
Tip: Ivory Coast to Win ✅
Newcastle vs Manchester City
Newcastle, having narrowly avoided an FA Cup upset, faces a tougher challenge against Manchester City at St James’ Park. Despite progressing in the FA Cup, Newcastle’s recent form has been poor, with significant losses impacting their league and cup standings. They face Manchester City, who are in excellent form, having won seven of their last eight matches. City’s morale is boosted by the return of key players like Kevin De Bruyne. Julian Alvarez, in fine scoring form, is a key player to watch. A Manchester City win, possibly with a 3-1 scoreline, seems likely given both teams’ recent performances and history.
Newcastle’s recent Premier League journey has been challenging, with five defeats in their last six matches and two losses in their last three home games across all competitions. Conversely, Manchester City boasts an impressive record, securing victories in eight of their last nine matches in all competitions, including triumphs in their last four games away from the Etihad.
Tip: Over 2.5 Goals✅
Below are our top five betting fixtures for Saturday;
5️⃣ Top five selections – Over 2.5
- FC Augsburg vs. Leverkusen ❌
- RB Leipzig v E. Frankfurt❌
- Darmstadt v Dortmund ✅
- Fortuna Sittard v Sparta❌
- PSV Eindhoven v Excelsior✅
Five Picks – BTTS
- Chaves v Sporting CP❌
- Preston v Bristol City❌
- Grimsby v Notts County✅
- Tranmere v Milton Keynes✅
- Bari v Ternana✅
Five – Wins (Winning team in Bold)
- Real Oviedo vs. Amorebieta ❌
- Tenerife v Elche❌
- Khenchela v US Souf ✅
- ES Setif v Ben Aknoun ❌
- US Biskra v El Bayadh ❌
You can also check out our Rugby predictions.
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