Spain vs. Ivory Coast
July 31, 2021 4:00 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +100, Under 2.5 -125
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Spain and Ivory Coast are playing at Hitomebore Stadium Miyagi in the Quarterfinals of the Olympics 2021 soccer tournament. Spain is undefeated in their last 5 games, but they have only 1 win so far in this tournament. Ivory Coast also has only 1 win so far in this tournament, but they have 2 more draws, and that was enough for them to get through the group stage.
Despite playing inconsistent soccer, Spain is still one of the favorites in this tournament, but they will need to be more effective. In their last group stage game against Argentina, Spain was dominant with 66% of ball possession, 6 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and a solid 87% of the correct passes. As usual, Spain was dominant and in control, but it took them a while to score a goal. Spain got ahead in the 66th minute, but Ivory Coast has tied the score in the 87th minute. The final score of this match was 1-1. Moreno and Oyarzabal have each scored 1 goal for Spain so far in this tournament. Spain has everything in this tournament, except goals, and that is something they will need in this game.
Ivory Coast has ended the group stage in 2nd place with 5 points, 3 scored goals, and 2 conceded goals. Of the 3 goals Ivory Coast has scored, only 1 was scored by them, while the other 2 were own goals, and Kessie is the only goalscorer for Ivory Coast. In their last game against Germany, Ivory Coast has had only 37% of ball possession, 2 shots on goal, 6 corner kicks, 0 big chances created, and 76% of the correct passes. Ivory Coast got ahead in the 66th minute, but Germany tied the score just 7 minutes later. In the last 15 minutes of this game, Ivory Coast was under a lot of pressure, but they defended well, and this game has ended in a 1-1 draw which was enough for them to get to the knockouts. Ivory Coast was solid so far in this tournament, but they tend to lose focus, and that could be crucial in this game. I think Ivory Coast could be a threat in this game if they can get to the ball of course, but they will need to have their best game yet if they want to win this game.
Spain will be the dominant team here, and I think Ivory Coast will greatly struggle to get out of that vault, but they can be dangerous. It’s time for Spain to start scoring more goals, and the longer it takes them to score a goal here, the more pressure they will be under. I’m taking Spain here.