**The odds were correct at the time of writing but are subject to change**
Mali will battle it out against Equatorial Guinea for a spot in the quarter-finals of the 2021 AFCON in Limbe Stadium this Wednesday. The two teams are a run of fantastic form coming to this game. Unfortunately, only one spot is out for the two team-one must kiss the tournament goodbye. Read this review to get an idea of what to expect in this clash.
Our best pick for Mali vs Equatorial Guinea
Mali is meeting Equatorial Guinea for the fourth time between 2009 and 2022. Mali dominated the previous three matches with a scoreline of 5-0. Will Mali continue its dominance over the National Thunder of Equatorial Guinea? Read through this review:
Over 2.5 goals @ 9/20
There have been fewer than three goals in the last five games involving Mali concerning the 2021 AFCON. Equatorial Guinea has seen a single goal in four of its five games in all competitions. Two is the highest number of goals in Equatorial Guinea's last five games. Mali managed to keep three clean sheets from their five games in all competitions. Equatorial Guinean also managed to keep four clean sheets from their last five games. We expect a very tight encounter between these sides whose defensive prowess speaks volumes. Moreover, there were fewer than three goals on three encounters when the two teams clashed in the past.
Anytime goalscorer: Ibrahima Kone @ 32/25 (2.28)
IbrahimaKone tops the goal-scoring chart for his team after making nine appearances with eleven goals. The Sarpsborg talisman seems to have mastered the art of registering goals in the current goal-dry tournament. He found the back of the net in each of the last three games in the ongoing AFCON. He broke the deadlock on three occasions coming to this stage of the. We anticipate that the striker will get on the score sheet on Wednesday when Mali takes on Equatorial Guinea. Moreover, we anticipate a very tight affair that may result in a spot-kick-Kone is the undisputed Mali penalty taker.
The Best Odds for Mali vs Equatorial Guinea AFCON 2022 Knockout Fixture
Match Preview: Mali vs Equatorial Guinea, and Line-up
Mali has dominated this fixture by outscoring Equatorial Guinea by a 5-0 goal margin. Mali has been a tough team to beat in the recent past because of a very compact midfield. The squad is made up of players who practice their art in European leagues. They have gone nine games without tasting defeat and keeping eight clean sheets during this time. We expect this steadfast fight to continue when they meet relentless Equatorial Guinea. However, Mali ought to be cognizant of the path taken by Equatorial Guinea to reach this stage. They knocked Algeria and Sierra Leon to make it to this phase.
There have been two meetings between Mali and Equatorial Guinea since 2016. Mali won the two games with a similar scoreline of 1-0. While the games were AFCON qualification, meeting at this level on the greatest African football stage should inspire both sides. We have seen unlikely scenarios where weak teams have edged out title contenders from the ongoing AFCON tournament, so anything is possible. However, by the virtue of the fact that Mali has been the better team in this match, we think they have a front foot heading into this game. Both teams bagged two clean sheet wins in the group stage and should fight for a place in the next round.
Predicted Mali line-up: Mounkoro, M. Haidara, H. Traore, Sacko, Kouyate, N. Traore, Doumbia, A. Haidara, Bissouma, A. Traore, and Kone.
Predicted Equatorial Guinea Line-up: Owono, Akapo, Obiang, Ndong, Coco, Ganet, Machin, Bikoro, Salvador, Miranda, and Hanza.
FAQs about Mali vs Equatorial Guinea encounter
Which team has dominated this fixture in the past?
Mali has dominated the fixture with three out of three wins.
What is the stadium to host the match between Mali and Equatorial Guinea?
StadeLimbe will be the venue for the clash between Mali and Equatorial Guinea.
What will be the kick-off for the clash between Mali and Equatorial Guinea?
The match between Mali and Equatorial Guinea commences at 2200 hours.