(Sporting Alert) — An interesting battle is expected when the Ivory Coast take on Nigeria in the third quarterfinal of the Africa Cup of Nations at Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
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Venue: Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg
Date: Sunday 3 February
Kick-off: 9:00 ET
Coverage: Live TV coverage on Eurosport and ITV
Pre-tournament favourites Ivory Coast had little problems winning their group, but know that a different kind of matchup is expected against the Super Eagles, who are buzzing with confidence over the possibilities of an upset.
All eyes will be on coach Ivory Coast Sabri Lamouchi selections to see whether or not he starts captain and striker Didier Drogba or Lacina Traore up front tonight.
One thing for sure is the coach promises to field his strongest team in the hopes of minimizing all errors.
This means that the likes of Yaya Toure, Gervinho and Boubacar Barry, unlike Drogba, are well set to return to the starting lineup after being rested against Algeria in the final group match.
“We’re into “money time,” you could say, there is no room for error, especially because we’re facing a very good Nigeria side, the slightest error can be very costly,” Lamouchi said.
“If you win, you continue the adventure; if you don’t you have to go home so it’s effectively a whole new tournament starting from now.”
Nigeria, in the meantime, will be without Fedor Ogude, who is out suspended but the good news is that John Mikel Obi is available after clarifications on his bookings.
Captain and leading defending Joseph Yobo is still doubtful as he continues to recover fully from a knock he picked up in the first group game.
It is a game that all Nigerian fans are demanding a victory from, but head coach Stephen Keshi admits he is feeling no pressure from the outside.
“I’m not under any pressure but I’m under Stephen Keshi’s pressure, to do well for Nigerians,” he said.
“Any outside pressure does not exist with me. But I have my own targets and goals I want to achieve. Now if you want to call that pressure, that’s pressure.
“We have our confidence. Nigerians have decided we are failures already but we will come out and show something quality about our game on Sunday.”
Ivory Coast 2-0
Under/Over 2.5 Goals
Under 2.5 Goals 8/15
Over 2.5 Goals 11/8
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