Burkina Faso vs Cameroon
African Cup of Nations
Date: Saturday 14th, January 2017.
Kick-off: 19:00 GMT / 20:00 CET
Venue: Stade D’Angondjé, Libreville.
The four times Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon lock horns with AFCON 2013 edition finalist Burkina Faso for their first fixture in Group A for the 2017 edition of the tournament.
Burkina Faso failed to replicate their fine 2013 performance at the last AFCON edition in Equatorial Guinea; the stallion crashed out at the group stage, scoring just once in their 3 games in Equatorial Guinea. Burkina qualified top of Group D on head to head advantage, the stallion shroud of competition from Uganda, Botswana, and Comoros. The stallions are making their 5th consecutive appearance, and 11 AFCON appearance in total. Moreover, the Paul Duarte tutored side will be going into the tournament with hopes of surpassing their 2013 feet.
Cameroon experienced major setback when key player declined to participate in the championship. The Cameroonians enjoyed an unbeaten run during the qualification phase of the tournament, winning 4 of their 6 qualification games, and sharing points in 2. However, the indomitable lion of Cameroon performed poorly at the last edition; crashing out in the group stage. In addition, the Hugo Boos tutored side is placed 13th in CAF recent ranking, 6 position behind their GABON 2017 first challenge.
Burkina Faso: Predicted Line-Up (4-4-2)
Koffi: Malo, Dayo, Paro, Guira: Pitroipa, Kabore, Yago, Nakoulma: Traore, Diawara
Cameroon: Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Ondoa – Fai, N’koulou, Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Oyongo – Siani, Mandjeck- Salli, Moukandjo, Njie – Aboubakar.
Burkina Faso vs Cameroon: Head to Head Statistics
Both sides last meet for an international friendly in 2015, in which the indomitable lion of Cameroon fought hard for a 3-2 win.
However, both team have a history in this competition; Cameroon and Burkina Faso locked horns during the group phase of the 1998 edition of the AFCON hosted by the stallions. This happened to be the first game of that edition, and Burkina been the host country lost to the indomitable lion of Cameroon with a lone goal.
Burkina Faso vs Cameroon: Prediction
Thus two sides have got a handful of experience when it comes to the AFCON; Burkina Faso haven’t missed a single edition since 2010, while Cameroon have only missed 2 of the last 11 AFCON edition. Burkina Faso enjoys 7 games unbeaten run in both competitive and friendly clashes, while the indomitable lion of Cameroon have lost 2 of their last 7 games in same manner. In addition, the current CAF ranking, shows Burkina Faso are in better position to win this clash as they are ranked 7th compared to Cameroon 13th.
However, the games of football is played on the pitch, we can only use this statistics as guide to foretell the possible outcome. A draw is in the cards with Burkina Faso looking like the team capable of hunting down 3 points here.
Burkina Faso vs Cameroon: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Burkina Faso or Draw at 1.80 (4/5).
Both Teams to Score at 2.20 (11/10).