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Mauritania is yet to win a game in the ongoing 2022 AFCON. They have leaked five goals and scored none in two games. But can they exit the tournament honourably with a point or at least a goal in this last fixture against Mali? Find out more in our detailed game preview and analysis in this post.
The Best Picks for Mali vs Mauritania AFCON 2022 Fixture
Group stage fixtures are coming to an end and Mali is expected to make a final push for a place in the quarterfinals when they play against Mauritania in this last group stage fixture. Will Malians bag all points in this game? Mali risks losing their second spot to third-placed Tunisia if the former fail to win this last group stage match. Our picks and analysis for this game are as follows:
Mali to lead in first half @ 9/10 (1.90)
Mali must win this game or settle for the third place playoffs. This should be the easiest fixture for Malians in the group stage. With Mauritania yet to score a goal and suffering from defensive hemorrhage, we expect Mali to lead in the first half.
Goal-No goal @1/2 (1.50)
This fixture pits a team that is yet to score goals but is suffering defensively (Mauritania) against a defensively stronger opponent. Mali hasn’t scored many goals as would been expected but this should be their chance to take advantage of a weaker opponent. There is a good chance that this game will have goals on one side in favour of Mali.
The Best Odds for Mali vs Mauritania 2022 AFCON Match
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Mali vs Mauritania Game Preview, Team News and Lineups
Mali is 4-point tie with Group F table toppers, Gambia, and only a point adrift of Tunisia in third place. That put Malians in a tight spot heading into the final group stage fixture. Will Malians settle for a third-place playoff or fight for points in this match? The good news for Mali in this match is that they will be facing once of the weakest opponents in Group F of the 2022 AFCON. Mauritania has failed to win any match, let alone finding the net. They have leaked five goals and scored none in the first two games of the tournament. It is a performance that should hand Malians some reprieve in this fixture.
However, as with any other team that made it this far, Mauritania is expected to put up a fight. The probability of exiting the 2022 AFCON is high for Mauritania but scoring at least a goal could give them some confidence. The only previous meeting between Mali and Mauritania ended 4-1 in favour of Malians. This second encounter looks like it could also be a loss to Mauritanians who have all but fumbled in the tournament.
Mali predicted lineup: Mounkoro, Kouyate, Haidara, Sacko, Traore, Coulibaly, Samassekou, Bissouma, Adama, Kone and Djenepo.
Mauritania predicted lineup: Diop, Demba, Houbeib, Yali, Thiam, Abeid, Fofana, Camara, N’Diaye, Idrissa and Kamara.
AFCON 2022 FAQs-Mali vs Mauritania
How many goals have these teams scored and conceded so far?
Mali has scored 2 and leaked one goal while Mauritania has scored no goal and leaked five goals in two games.
How many times have these teams played against each other?
There has only been one encounter back in June 2019 and it ended 4-1 to Mali’s favour.
What time will Mali vs Mauritania game start?
Kick off time is 22:00 GMT +3 on Thursday, Jan 20th 2022.