Gabon vs Burkina Faso 2017 Africa Cup of Nations 18 January, 17:00 pm (GMT+1) Stade de l’Amitié Sino, Libreville (GAB)
This is the second round of fixtures in Group A and the hosts hope this will be another match in which they can pick up maximum points.
With the top two teams in each group progressing to the knockout stages, every match is vital and even a point could be crucial in deciding who goes through in the top two positions. Gabon qualified for the tournament as hosts and will be hoping to bring plenty excitement to their fans by winning this match. Burkina Faso came through qualifying by winning their group and this will be the 11th time they have taken part in the Africa Cup of Nations, making them more experienced than their opponents.
1. Bookies Choice
It’s difficult to split Gabon and Burkina Faso because firstly, Gabon not only have home advantage, they also have one of best players in the tournament, with Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang playing up-front. However, the best Gabon have done in the Africa Cup of Nations is the quarter-final, whereas Burkina Faso have made it all the way to the final, which they did in 2013.
Burkina Faso do not have a star player in their team, with perhaps Bertrand Traore being the best known. He is currently on loan at Ajax from Chelsea. Add the likes of Mario Lemina of Juventus and Didier N’Dong of Sunderland to the mix for Gabon and it’s clear they have the stronger starting XI and come into this match as the favourites at 2.05 with Bet365 to take maximum points.
Burkina Faso to win is available at 3.75 and the draw is also on offer at 3.20.
2. Gabon vs Burkina Faso Betting Tips
The basis of Burkina Faso’s successful qualification campaign was their defence. During their six matches in Group D, they conceded only 2 goals, which is a fantastic record. They kept four clean sheets but only managed to score 6 goals, which suggests they will be relying on their defence to get them through to the knockout stages.
However, they will be coming up against a much stronger attacking line-up than they faced at any stage during qualification and Gabon should be able to break the deadlock and win the match but not by much. You can back Gabon to win the game 1-0.
All eyes will be on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and if anyone is going to open the scoring, there is no more likely a source than the Bundesliga-based forward. Aubameyang to score first might be a good pick.
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