Nigeria vs Ivory Coast prediction: Super Eagles match time and where to watch AFCON final live

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A total of 24 teams made it through to the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2024) and there are two left standing, as Nigeria and Ivory Coast battle for Gold.

Which of these teams will reign supreme when all is said and done?

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast overview

This AFCON final match will take place at the Alassane Ouattara Olympic Stadium on Sunday February 11. Kick-off time is 9 pm WAT.

Nigeria

Nigeria held their own against South Africa's Bafana Bafana in the semi-final, defeating them on penalties.

The Super Eagles now have a great chance to win a fourth AFCON title this weekend.

However, José Peseiro's troops will have to get past the hosts of the tournament, who have found their stride since the start of the knockout stages.

Ivory Coast

After a disappointing group stage campaign, Ivory Coast have picked up some speed, defeating defending champions Senegal, as well as Mali and DR Congo.

This will be a challenging task for the Elephants, as they already lost to Nigeria at this tournament.

It'll be interesting to see how Emerse Faé's men will match-up against the Super Eagles.

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast head to head

There have been 28 clashes between these outfits in the past. Both teams have nine wins apiece, with 10 draws between them.

It's important to note that Nigeria and Ivory Coast already clashed in the group stages of this tournament, and the Super Eagles emerged victorious by a lone goal.

Nigeria have three AFCON titles to their name, and every time they won the Nations Cup, the Super Eagles faced Ivory Coast.

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Nigeria vs Ivory Coast potential lineups

Zaidu Sanusi should be available for selection after missing Nigeria's semi-final encounter with South Africa.

The Super Eagles will likely line up in a 3-4-3 formation for this match.

Likewise, Emerse Faé will be pleased to have Oumar Diakité Odilon Kossounou back in action. Both players were suspended for the semi-final after picking up red cards in Ivory Coast's quarter-final clash with Mali.

The Ivorians are expected to line up in a 4-3-3 formation with Yahia Fofana starting between the sticks.

With that being said, these are our probable Nigeria vs South Africa lineups:

Nigeria

Goalkeeper: Stanley Nwabali.
Defenders: Semi Ajayi, William Troost-Ekong, Calvin Bassey.
Midfielders: Ola Aina, Frank Onyeka, Alex Iwobi, Zaidu Sanusi.
Forwards: Moses Simon, Ademola Lookman, Victor Osimhen.

Ivory Coast

Goalkeeper: Yahia Fofana.
Defenders: Ghislain Konan, Evan Ndicka, Willy Boly, Wilfried Singo.
Midfielders: Seko Fofana, Jean Michaël Seri, Franck Kessié.
Forwards: Simon Adingra, Nicolas Pépé, Max Gradel.

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Nigeria vs Ivory Coast tactical analysis

Nigeria's Super Eagles have won five matches in a row, and have no losses at AFCON 2024.

Peseiro's men kept four clean sheets in six matches, allowing just two goals.

Interestingly, the Super Eagles have scored in every match they played in this competition.

On the other hand, while Ivory Coast won three consecutive games, they had to play at least 120 minutes for two of those victories.

The Elephants have struggled to keep the goals out, conceding seven times in their last five matches.

Nigeria vs Ivory Coast prediction

Given how Ivory Coast have improved since Emerse Faé took over, we are fairly confident that this will be a tightly contested fixture.

However, both teams have been involved in a lot of low-scoring matches lately.

While five of Ivory Coast's last six matches featured less than three goals, all of Nigeria's last nine games across all competitions went below the 2.5 goal threshold.

Taking into account that only one goal was scored when these teams met last month, our Nigeria vs Ivory Coast prediction is under 2.5 total goals.

Where to watch Nigeria vs Ivory Coast AFCON final live

AfroSport TV, Supersport, StarTimes and NTA Sports 24 will broadcast this match for fans who reside in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, fans from Ivory Coast can catch all the action live on Canal+.

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