Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau will kickstart the second round of fixtures in the ongoing AFCON on Thursday. The first match for Equatorial Guinea ended in a stalemate, holding Nigeria to a hard-fought 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile, Guinea lost 2-0 to the hosting nation, Ivory Coast, in their first game. Equatorial will target a victory in this match, as winning will put them in pole position to reach the last 16.
About the game
Equatorial Guinea surprised pundits with a commendable draw against Nigeria in their AFCON 2023 opener. They secured a point despite having only one shot on target with the 36th-minute strike of Iban Salvador. Napoli’s Striker Victor Osimhen equalized for Nigeria within a few seconds later. Equatorial Guinea will set their sight on eyeing advancement to the knockouts by defeating Guinea-Bissau.
The upcoming clash offers Equatorial Guinea the chance to maintain an unbeaten streak in four consecutive AFCON games and achieve a three-game scoring spree for the first time.
After a predictable 2-0 loss to Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau faces offensive challenges, having gone 797 minutes without an AFCON goal. This is a record spanning eight games for them in the tournament.
Guinea-Bissau’s struggle in front of the net contrasts with Equatorial Guinea’s resilient performance against Nigeria. Before AFCON 2023, Guinea-Bissau participated in three tournaments, always exiting at the group stage. Thursday’s encounter is pivotal for both teams’ AFCON aspirations.
The upcoming match between Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau in the AFCON marks the first meeting between the two teams. Additionally, it signifies the first instance of any of the three Guineas in CAF clashing in the tournament.
The Best Betting Odds for Equatorial Guinea vs Guinea-Bissau
Equatorial Guinea has all it takes to win this match and progress to the next round. But that’s not ruling out any surprise from Guinea-Bissau, as we’ve seen in the tournament so far.
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