Mali vs Gabon
African Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Saturday 12th, October 2016.
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:30 WAT.
Venue: Stade du 26 Mars.
The Eagles of Mali host the Panthers of Gabon for match day 2 of the Africa world cup qualifiers.
Mali suffered a 3-1 defeat from the hands of Ivory Coast in their first match of world cup qualifiers. The eagles had taking an 18 minutes lead, but they fell like a pack of cards by conceding 3 goals in 8 minutes. Mali is in search of her first World Cup ticket and her currently ranked 58th in the world. The Eagles will be coming into the game sited bottom of Group C.
Gabon shared point with Morocco in their first game of the world cup qualifiers. Same as their host, the panthers are also looking for their first World Cup ticket which will definitely be their biggest achievement in the history of them playing football. The Panthers are currently ranked 110th in the world, and sits 3rd on the Group C log.
Mali vs Gabon: Head to Head Statistics
Mali and Gabon met twice for an international friendly last year. The Eagles of Mali won the first clash with a 2-0 score line, while the Panthers of Gabon won the 2nd in a 7 goals thriller.
Moreover, both side met at the quarter-final stage of the Africa Cup of Nation 2012 edition. The Malian leaped pass the Gabonese through a penalty shot out decision.
Mali vs Gabon: Prediction
The Panthers of Gabon is faced with a tough challenge in Mali. The Malian home form in recent competitive games portrays a side with a most win approach at home. The Eagles scored whooping 5 goals in their last qualifiers games, and 2 in their last world cup qualifiers at home.
Therefore, I will predict an over 2 goals margin victory for Mali.
Mali vs Gabon: Bet Tips
Mali to win at 1.70 (7/10)
Over 2.5 goals at 2.45 (16/11).
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