This clash extends one of the great rivalries in the tournament with the Ivorian Elephants winning three and the Algerian Desert Foxes two of seven previous meetings.

When they last met, in a 2015 quarter-final, Ivory Coast triumphed 3-1 with Serey Die part of the winning team while the losing line-up included Riyad Mahrez.

The midfielders, who have contrasting roles with Die primarily a destroyer and Mahrez a creator, captain the teams in Suez four years later.

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi believes his team, the only survivors with a 100 percent record in Egypt, can go all the way, saying: “It does not cost anything to be ambitious.”

Rival coach Ibrahim Kamara is saying little during this Cup of Nations while a side boasting star attackers like Nicolas Pepe, Jonathan Kodjia and Wilfried Zaha has yet to sparkle.

Head-to-head

Honours pretty well even over the 23 encounters between these two. Algeria have eight victories to the seven of the Ivory Coast, with eight draws thrown in for good measure.

Prediction

Algeria boast a 45% win probability coming into this one. Stalemate over 90 minutes is rated as a 32% chance with an Ivory Coast victory at 24%.

Source: Alexis Haden

www.sports24ghana.com

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