The stage is set for the Olympics men’s football quarter-finals. The quarter-final is a one-legged tie among 8 teams who progressed from the group stage.
Spain U23 vs Ivory Coast U23 will get the ball rolling for the knockout stage. The game is scheduled to take place on Saturday, 31 July 2021, at 8:00 a.m. GMT. The match venue is Miyagi Stadium.
Spain vs Ivory Coast (July 31) match prediction and betting tips are reviewed in this article. The latest betting odds and their respective betting markets, key stats and possible starting lineup are also analyzed.
Spain vs Ivory Coast (July 31) latest odds on betting sites
Spain was odds favourite before the start of the tournament to win the Olympics gold. So it’s not surprising to see them at the knockout stages. Let’s do a brief rundown of the betting odds of both teams. Spain’s odds to win the match are 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional), odds for a draw are 4.30 (+330; 33/10), and Ivory Coast odds are 7.50 (+650; 13/2). The chances of these outcomes are Spain — 65%, draw — 24%, Ivory Coast — 11%.
Latest betting odds on Spain vs Ivory Coast (31 July 2021):
- Over 2.5 Goals — 2.08 (+108; 27/25)
- Under 2.5 Goals — 1.87 (-115; 20/23)
- Asian Handicap (-1.25) on Spain — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
- Asian Handicap (+1.25) on Ivory Coast — 1.74 (-135; 20/27)
- Both Teams To Score (Yes) — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
- Both Teams To Score (No) — 1.63 (-160; 5/8)
Spain vs Ivory Coast (July 31) match preview and stats
Spain U23, Ivory Coast U23, Japan U23, New Zealand U23, Brazil U23, Egypt U23, South Korea U23 Mexico U23 are the teams in the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Spain qualified from the group stage into the quarter-finals with 1 win and 2 draws. They topped Group C with 5 points. A 1-1 draw with Argentina saw them off to the knockouts.
La Roja did not bang lots of goals, scoring just 2 goals. But their solid defence saw them through with conceding only 1 goal. From the group stage games, their key stats were analyzed. They were averaging 70% possession per game, 87% pass accuracy per game, 10 chances created per game, and 15 shots per game
Injuries: All players are fully fit and available for the game.
Ivory Coast advanced to the quarter-finals as runners-up of Group B. They progressed with 5 points from 1 win and 2 draws. The draw against Germany sealed their qualification while sending the Germans home.
Ivory Coast was seen as an underdog alongside Mexico ahead of this tournament, and they’ve proved doubters wrong. Dominating games wasn’t their style, but they made use of every chance they got and it paid off for them. They scored 3 goals and conceded 2 goals.
Injuries: Cote d’Ivoire has a fully fit squad ahead of Saturday’s fixture.
Spain vs Ivory Coast (July 31) key players and lineups
Spain U23 projected starting lineup:
- Unai Simon
- Pau Torres
- Eric Garcia
- Marc Cucurella
- Oscar Gil
- Carlos Soler
- Pedri Gonzalez
- Martin Zubimendi
- Marco Asensio
- Dani Olmo
- Mikel Oyarzabal
Key player to watch out for: Mikel Oyarazabal.
Ivory Coast U23 projected starting lineup:
- Eliezer Ira Tape
- Wilfried Singo
- Kouadio-Yves Dabila
- Eric Bailly
- Ismael Diallo
- Idrissa Doumbia
- Kader Keita
- Franck Kessie
- Amad Traore
- Max Gradel
- Christian Kouame
Key player to watch for: Franck Kessie.
Spain vs Ivory Coast (July 31) betting tips and prediction
Spain is the favourite to win the tie, but underrating Ivory Coast can be a costly mistake. We’ve seen Cote d’Ivoire’s records against top sides like Germany and Brazil,in which they drew both matches. The Spanish team has a better squad at their disposal. It’s unlikely they won’t dominate the game plus they have a very good defence.
Cote d'Ivoire seemingly doesn’t dominate games. When you compare the key stats, such as chances created in games and possession, La Roja has the upper hand.
Betting prediction: Spain to win
Odds: 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.08 (+108; 27/25)