Group D of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations is going to be very exciting, with Ghana, Egypt and Mali all fancying their chances of progressing to the quarter-finals. There are only two places available so every match is going to be crucial and dropped points in this one could mean the end for either Ghana or Mali.
1. Ghana v Mali Preview
Ghana enjoyed a comfortable passage through to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, finishing top of their qualifying group by 7 points from second placed Mozambique. They scored 14 goals across their six matches, making them one of the most exciting teams to watch.
Mali also qualified impressively and were undefeated in their group, winning five and drawing one of their six matches. The 5-2 home win over Benin was their most impressive result and they will be looking for another great performance in this match, although a similar result is very unlikely to happen against such strong opposition.
2. Bookies Choice - Betting Odds
Ghana come into this match as the favourites at 2.00 and one glance at their record it obvious as to why. This will be Ghana’s 21st appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations, making them one of the most experienced countries in the competition. Not only that but they have won the event four times, all be it the last coming some 34 years ago. Ghana made the final of the previous Africa Cup of Nations and lost out on penalties, so they will be determined to go one better this time around.
Mali are taking part in their 10th Africa Cup of Nations and their best performance came when they finished runners-up in 1972. Mali have reached the semi-final in two of the last three Africa Cup of Nations so should not be underestimated and they have some good young players, including Adama Traore of Monaco. However, they are not as strong as Ghana and come into this match as outsiders, priced at 3.75 with Bet365. The draw is also available at 3.00.
3. Ghana vs Mali Betting Tips
Both teams enjoyed scoring goals in qualifying and will be looking to continue their good attacking play in the tournament. With Egypt still to play after this match, Ghana will want to ensure qualification is all but guaranteed and should be on the front-foot from the first whistle. With plenty of attacking intent from both teams, this could be one of the most entertaining matches in the group stages. Ghana to win and both teams to score might be a nice pick here.
Ghana shared their goals around in qualifying whereas Mali were more reliant on one man, Stephane Sessegnon. The Montpellier forward scored 5 goals during qualification and can be backed to score anytime in this match.
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