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Belgium vs Ivory Coast Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds - Belgium can keep their winning run going against Ivory Coast

  • Belgium host Ivory Coast in an international friendly on Thursday
  • Match kicks off at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels at 7:45pm BST
  • Belgium have won by 2+ goals in their last 12 matches
  • The Red Devils have seen BTTS in 3 of their last 4 matches
  • Ivory Coast have not played a competitive match since November 2019
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Belgium take on Ivory Coast in Brussels on Thursday (Getty Images)

Belgium can extend their winning run to 13 matches as they host Ivory Coast in an international friendly. The Red Devils are in great form and should have too much class for an underdone Ivory Coast side on Thursday.

Belgium Form


Belgium qualified cruised through the European Championship qualifiers, winning all 10 matches to finish top of Group I. Roberto Martínez’s side won by 2+ goals in every match, scoring 40 goals and conceding just three.

The Red Devils continued that form into the UEFA Nations League. Jason Denayer and Dries Mertens scored in a 2-0 victory in Denmark which was followed by a 5-1 win against Iceland.

Iceland went ahead early in Brussels but it was one way traffic after that. Axel Witsel, Michy Batshuayi (2), Dries Mertens and Jéremy Doku all scored with Belgium having 75% possession, 20-5 shots and 11-3 on target.

Belgium Team News


Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is back in the squad alongside defender Dedryck Boyata. Midfielders Nacer Chadli and Yannick Carrasco are back in with Thorgan Hazard not called up.

Christian Benteke and Divock Origi join the squad to compete with Romelu Lukaku and Michy Batshuayi up front.

Sebastiaan Bornauw , Zinho Vanheusden, Joris Kayembe, Alexis Saelemaekers and Dodi Lukebakio are in line to make their Belgium debuts.

Belgium Squad


Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Davy Roef, Hendrik Van Crombrugge
Defenders: Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Meunier, Dedryck Boyata, Jason Denayer, Leander Dendoncker, Timothy Castagne, Brandon Mechele, Sebastiaan Bornauw, Zinho Vanheusden
Midfielders: Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Nacer Chadli, Yannick Carrasco, Youri Tielemans, Dennis Praet, Hans Vanaken, Joris Kayembe, Alexis Saelemaekers
Forwards: Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku, Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi, Divock Origi, Yari Verschaeren, Jeremy Doku, Leandro Trossard, Dodi Lukebakio 

Ivory Coast Form


Ivory Coast reached the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in Egypt. They were eliminated by Algeria in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1.

The Elephants took on Niger in the 2020 African Nations Championship 2nd Round. They lost 2-0 in Niger, winning 1-0 in Abidjan but were eliminated 2-1 on aggregate.

Ivory Coast began their 2021 African Cup of Nations qualification campaign with a 1-0 win against Niger. Their last match was a 2-1 defeat to Ethopia in Bahir Dar.

Ivory Coast Team News


Manager Patrice Beaumelle replaced Ibrahima Kamara in March and this will be his first match in charge. 

Defence includes Premier League players Serge Aurier and Eric Bailly. Central midfield should include AC Milan's Franck Kessié and Fulham's Jean Michaël Seri.

Ivory Coast’s attack includes Gervinho, Nicolas Pépé, Maxwel Cornet, Wilfried Zaha and Fiorentina’s Christian Kouamé.

Ivory Coast Squad


Goalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo, Ira Tape Eliezer, Nicolas Tié
Defenders: Serge Aurier, Wilfried Kanon, Eric Bailly, Ismaël Traoré, Ghislain Konan, Sinaly Diomandé, Odilon Kossounou
Midfielders: Max Gradel, Serey Dié, Franck Kessié, Jean Michaël Seri, Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro, Habib Maïga, Yakou Méïté, Ibrahim Traoré, Mohamed Doumbia
Forwards: Gervinho, Nicolas Pépé, Maxwel Cornet, Wilfried Zaha, Christian Kouamé, Lago Junior, Anderson Niangbo, Jumaa Saeed

Belgium vs Ivory Coast Head to Head


Belgium have played Ivory Coast once in an international friendly in 2014. 

Marouane Fellaini and Radja Nainggolan put Belgium 2-0 up in Brussels, goals to Didier Drogba and Max Gradel earning the Africans a 2-2 draw.

Belgium vs Ivory Coast Odds


Belgium are 1.42 favourites at Unibet with Ivory Coast listed at 9.00 at bet365. A draw can be backed at 5.00.

Belgium vs Ivory Coast Match Up


Belgium manager Roberto Martínez is likely to give all his players some minutes against Ivory Coast. As such, expect the second half to be a stop start affair.

Ivory Coast have no pressure here. They will look to build combinations and confidence before getting back to African Cup of Nations qualification in November. 

Belgium vs Ivory Coast Stats


  • Belgium have won their last 10 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
  • Belgium have scored 3+ goals in 7 of their last 8 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
  • Belgium have won by 2+ goals in their last 12 matches (all competitions).
  • Belgium have seen BTTS in 3 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).
  • Ivory Coast have lost their last 2 away matches (all competitions).

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Where is Belgium vs Ivory Coast being played?

Belgium vs Ivory Coast is being played at King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium.

When is Belgium vs Ivory Coast being played?

Belgium vs Ivory Coast is being played at 19:45 BST on Thursday 8 October 2020.

What competition are Belgium vs Ivory Coast playing in?

Belgium vs Ivory Coast are playing in an international friendly.

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Verdict

Belgium are far stronger than Ivory Coast. This should be an entertaining match with Belgium tipped to win 3-1.

Best Bet: Belgium -1 Handicap @+112 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Over 3.5 Goals Total Goals @+165 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Value Bet: Belgium Win & BTTS Win & BTTS @+190 at Borgata Sports - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: Belgium Win 3-1 Correct Score @+1000 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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