Cape Verde – Burkina Faso | 13/01/2022 AFCON

Cape Verde and Burkina Faso lock horns at the Paul Biya Stadium on Wednesday in gameweek two of the Africa Cup of Nations. The sides head into the game in contrasting moods as Cape Verde opened their campaign with all three points, while Burkina Faso are looking to bounce back from a defeat last time out.

All the significant action (one goal, two yellow cards, one red card) took place in the first-half of Cape Verde’s 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) opener against Ethiopia, a result which likely puts them one good performance away from reaching the knockout stages. They’ll look to start well again in this clash as a result, particularly as they haven’t scored after half-time in five of their last eight internationals (W4, D2, L2).

History also suggests a fast start will be very beneficial in this clash at Stade Omnisport Olembé as the last four H2Hs saw the side who netted first, eventually win ‘to-nil’ (Cape Verde: W2, L2). Although these two sides haven’t met since November 2017, Burkina Faso’s 4-0 win on that occasion remains Cape Verde’s equal heaviest international defeat so the ‘Blue Sharks’ definitely won’t be taking the 2013 AFCON runners-up lightly in this clash.

That 4-0 win came soon after Burkina Faso had finished third in the 2017 AFCON finals and they must try to draw inspiration from those performances as their opening-day 2-1 loss to Cameroon has already put them on the backfoot at this tournament. They fought hard against the hosts, but they’ll require a more disciplined performance here after letting themselves down by conceding two first-half penalties.

Encouragingly though, that was their first loss on foreign soil since June 2021 (W4, D4 prior) so the ‘Stallions’ are no strangers to galloping away with results away from home. That was also their fifth AFCON game in six in which they scored the opener (W3, D2, L1 – outcomes at 90 minutes) so they could well charge out of the stalls once more.

 

Date: 13/01/2022
Time: 22:00
Venue: Stade d’Olembé (Yaoundé)
Pick for this match:
“2” – @ 2.51 ( BETWINNER )

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