Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Predicting Winners of Wednesday's Group D Play

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2013

RUSTENBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 26, Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast celebrates his goal during the 2013 African Cup of Nations match between Ivory Coast and Tunisia at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on January 26, 2013 in Rustenburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations has seen a slew of competitive games in the early going, and Wednesday has more on tap for us as Group D play continues.

The Group D table sees the Ivory Coast leading the way with six points, but with Togo and Tunisia each just three points back, Wednesday's slate of games are the most important to date.

Let's get into predictions for today's action.


Algeria vs. Ivory Coast

This match pins the leaders of Group D against the bottom side. So far, the Ivory Coast have dominated, going 2-0 and scoring five goals while allowing only one.

Algeria, on the other hand, have surrendered three combined goals in both losses and have yet to find the back of the net.

Gervinho may not be getting it done for Arsenal this season, but he's been quite special for the Ivory Coast, scoring a goal in each of his team's first two wins.

Gervinho has been aided by midfielder Yaya Touré, who also owns two goals in the competition.

Keeper Boubacar Barry has been nearly flawless thus far and that should continue against a struggling Algeria side on Wednesday.

Prediction: Ivory Coast wins, 3-0


Togo vs. Tunisia

With both teams owning three points entering Wednesday's match, it makes for an enormous tilt in the Group D pool.

Togo enters this match coming off a 2-0 drubbing of Algeria, while Tunisia was smoked by the Ivory Coast in a 3-0 beatdown in its last match.

Togo saw forward Emmanuel Adebayor and midfielder Dove Wome step up in the clutch to defeat Algeria and will be looking for a similar performance on Wednesday.

Tunisia has lacked on offense, with one goal coming from Youssef Msakni in extra time to beat Algeria on Jan. 22.

This one doesn't look to be an offensive explosion by any means, but with Togo possessing the better attack, expect Adebayor and company to take this match.

Prediction: Togo wins, 1-0


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