The Africa Cup gets even more exciting with the quarterfinals. Hosts Cameroon will take on surprise Gambia, who have been favored by bettors based on their performances in the tournament. Three victories with Burkina Faso, Ethiopia and Comoros and only one draw with Cape Verde.
Gambia, on the other hand, beat Guinea 1-0 in the round of 16 and defeated Tunisia and Mauritania in its group, while it drew against Mali.
Gambia is looking to win again after defeating Guinea 0-1 in the Africa Cup of Nations.
In the match, Gambia had 49 percent possession and 12 shots on goal, three of which were on target. Musa Barrow (71′) was the only Gambia player to score. Guinea’s opponents had 19 shots on goal, two of which were on target.
Six of the last six meetings in which Gambia has participated have resulted in fewer than three goals per game. As for the weighting of goals in this period, opposition teams scored a total of four goals, while Gambia scored four.
Cameroon comes into this match fresh off a 2-1 African Cup of Nations win over the Comoros.
Cameroon’s goals were scored by Karl Toko Ekambi (29′) and Aboubakar (70′). The goal for the Comoros was scored by Youssouf M’Changama (81′).
Cameroon’s defensive players have put in a series of strong performances, conceding a total of just three goals in their last six matches. In the same period, they have scored 12 goals for themselves. That sort of pattern might not be sustained in this match, of course.
Injured and suspended
Gambia: (Ablie Jallow, Yusupha Njie)
Cameroon: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Gambia vs Cameroon Predicted XI
Gambia Predicted XI: Gaye. Musa Barrow, Modou Barrow, Darboe, Bobb, Ebrima Colle, Marreh, Jagne, Omar Colley, Gomez, Ngum.
Cameroon Predicted XI: Aboubakar, Choupo-Moting, Horgla, Zambo Anguissa, Ngamaleu, Toko Ekambi, Nouhou, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Castelletto, Onana.
The match between Cameroon and Gambia valid for the quarter-finals of the African Cup will end with at least one goal from both sides. The hosts start as favorites to win the match and, perhaps, also the whole tournament. The Lions of Africa have scored nine goals in four games, one of the best attacks of the tournament. They are still unbeaten and have a high-quality squad, with almost all of the line-up made up of players who play in Europe. The problem, however, is the defense that never came out undefeated between individual errors, even by the goalkeeper, Onana.
This is why we are aiming for Goals because Gambia has always scored and has a respectable attack led by Barrow. However, the super defense led by Colley will hardly be able to concede goals this time: Aboubakar, Choupo Moting, and the other Cameroon forwards are difficult clients who have shown that they are in excellent shape in this first part of the Africa Cup of Nations. This is why we think that, in the end, the right result for the match is that of a Goal.
A somewhat surprising quarterfinal in this Africa Cup, which always generates emotion. In the stadium of Roumde Adjia, Burkina Faso meets Tunisia. The two selections played in a group stage that was far from perfect: Burkina Faso was third and Tunisia third, both with only one win in three rounds. In the round of 16, Burkina Faso beat Gabon without its best men, while Tunisia lost out to a strong Nigeria; for that reason alone, they are the underdogs.
The Tunisians are a compact team with a few above-average players, but capable of getting anyone into trouble without dominating (7 shots on goal against Nigeria with 22 fouls). We expect a blocked game, as is to be expected in this competition, since, as mentioned, there are no players of international rank and the two teams are not dissimilar. Burkina Faso, who have won one game in their last six, know they are outclassed and will rely on Bertrand Traoré.
Burkina Faso DDLWDD
Burkina Faso goes into this match on the back of a 1-1 draw with Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations.
In this game, Burkina Faso had 47 percent possession and 15 shots on goal, six of which were on target. Burkina Faso scored through Bertrand Traoré (28′) and Guira (90′ own goal). Gabon, on the other hand, fired 17 shots on goal, three of which were on target. In a thrilling penalty shootout, Burkina Faso won the match 7:6.
Burkina Faso has scored six goals in its last six matches, an average of one goal per game.
Tunisia go into the match after beating Nigeria 1-0 in their last match at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Tunisia controlled 47 percent of the ball and had seven shots on goal, three of which were on target. Youssef Msakni scored the only goal for Tunisia in the 47th minute. Nigeria had 13 shots on goal, one of which was on target.
In recent games featuring Tunisia, at least one team did not score a goal. In the last 6 meetings between the two teams, this has happened 5 times. Tunisia has scored eight goals in these matches, while their opponents have scored four.
Injured and suspended
Burkina Faso: (Issoufou Dayo)
Tunisia: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns.
Burkina Faso vs Tunisia Predicted XI
Burkina Faso Predicted XI: A Tapsoba, Bandé, Sangaré, Traoré, Guira, Ouédraogo, Yago, Dayo, E Tapsoba, Kaboré, Koffi
Tunisia Predicted XI: Msakni, Jaziri, Khazri, Chaalali, Laidouni, Skhiri, Maâloul, Bilel Ifa, Talbi, Dräger, Ben Said
Given what we have seen from both sides so far, the usual low-scoring nature of the tournament, and the significance of this draw, we expect a very close game. Tunisia has failed to score in four of its last seven games, with the win over Mauritania covering up some weaknesses. Burkina Faso has scored a single goal in each of its four games in this tournament.
Burkina Faso scored one goal and won 1-0 to advance to the semifinals for the third time in four games.