Gabon vs Guinea Bissau
African Cup of Nation 2017
Date: Saturday, 14th, January 2017.
Kick-off: 16:00 GMT/ 17:00 WAT
Venue: Stade d’Angondjé, Libreville.
The hosts Gabon lock horns with tournament debutant Guinea Bissau in the opening match of African Cup of Nation 2017 at the beautiful Stade d’Angondjé in Libreville on Saturday evening, 17th January 2017.
The panthers crashed out of the group stage of the last edition, but will be carrying hopes of a better outcome as they play on their own turfs. Antonio Camacho tutored side are in best environment to surpass their 2012 quarter final fit, as they gun for their first AFCON title; the panthers are making their 7th appearance, and have got handful of game changers going into this competition. Moreover, Gabon sits at the 34th position in recent CAF ranking and are the lowest ranked the in the competition as whole.
Guinea Bissau is making their first Africa cup of nation appearance. The Djurtus cajoled a great fight during their qualification stage; beating Congo, Zambia, Kenya to the qualification ticket. Guinea boss “Baciro Cande” called up a young and less experience side for this tournament. However, the young debutante are ranked 15th in most recent CAF ranking, 19 position better than their first AFCON opponent.
Gabon: Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1)
Ovono – Biyogho Poko, Appidangoye, Ecuele Manga, Obiang – Tandjigora, Ndong – Lemina, Madinda, Evouna – Aubameyang.
Guinea Bissau: Predicted Line-Up (4-5-1)
Mendes – Agostinho, Emmanuel, Juary, Rudinilson – Soares, Bocundji, Idrissa, Piqueti, Zezinho – Federic.
Gabon vs Guinea Bissau: Head to Head Statistics
Both sides will be facing each other for the first time in an AFCON competition, and even a competitive game in general. However, Guinea seems like the better side in terms of competitive games; as the Djurtus have lost just one of their last 4 competitive games.
On the other hand, aside for the Africa Nation championship for players based in Africa, the panthers were involved in just 2 competitive games last year and recorded goalless draw in those two games.
Gabon vs Guinea Bissau: Prediction
Jittery and inexperience will definitely set in as Guinea Bissau will be making her first AFCON appearance. However the young side can draw some inspiration from the miraculous and energetic qualification campaign. Gabon has also become a force to reckon with as they have enjoyed steady football growth since their AFCON debut in Tunisia 1994; and just missing out 3 times in 9 of the edition that follows their 1994 debut.
These promises to be a great tournament opener, Gabon will be having the full support of its residing fans, while Guinea Bissau will be savouring the pride and joy of playing in Africa biggest tournament.
However, I will be predicting a 3 goals outcome, and a narrow margin win for Gabon.
Gabon vs Guinea Bissau: Bet Tips
Gabon to win at 1.40 (2/5)
Over 2.5 goals at 2.20 (11/10).