Gambia v Gabon
Gabon established a three-point lead at the top of Group D with a 2-1 victory against Gambia on Thursday courtesy of a goal each from Denis Bouanga and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. The hosts will be targeting revenge here but it’s going to be very difficult for them to turn the tables on the group leaders. Gabon have the edge in quality in key areas of the pitch as they showed in that aforementioned game and they look set to claim maximum points from this contest too.
Mozambique v Cameroon
Despite their 4-1 defeat against Cameroon on Thursday, Mozambique still remain in second place in this group with four points from their three matches played – their hopes of qualification realistically rest on their matches against Cape Verde and Rwanda. As the host nation, Cameroon are already guaranteed a spot at the finals, but they are still using the group matches as serious preparation and will be targeting another positive result in this game. Expect a spirited performance from the home team here but it’s unlikely that they will have enough quality to succeed against a good-quality Cameroon team. Therefore, a victory for Cameroon is the predicted outcome.
eSwatini v Congo
Congo are well placed with six points from three matches in Group I of the AFCON qualifiers following their 2-0 victory against Eswatini on Thursday and they can further strengthen their position by completing the double over the lowest-ranked nation in the group. Although they didn’t break through until the 77th minute in that aforementioned game, Congo were well on top for the majority of the encounter and they also missed a penalty earlier in the match. It’s unlikely that Eswatini will reverse that result, they have lost each of their last eight AFCON qualifying matches and their tally of just four goals scored during that sequence of results shows how much they have struggled. A win for Congo combined with under 2.5 goals is the recommended bet.
Zimbabwe v Algeria
Algeria strengthened their hold on top spot in Group H of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification tournament with a 3-1 victory when these teams met on Thursday and that result also extended their unbeaten run to 21 matches. This trip to Zimbabwe will be a tough test for the 2019 AFCON champions, as the hosts have not lost an home AFCON qualifier for over 14 years, but Algeria will rightfully believe that they can claim the three points. Algeria have been winning at half time in each of their previous three matches in this group and if they start well again it’s going to be very hard for Zimbabwe to break them down. A double result bet on Algeria to be leading at both half time and full time is the betting tip.
South Sudan v Uganada
Uganda moved onto seven points in Group B of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification tournament with a 1-0 victory against South Sudan on Thursday and that result also extended their impressive unbeaten run to 15 matches. That superb sequence of results has been built upon a very solid defence and it’s unlikely that South Sudan will be able to break through against them again in this encounter. Under 2.5 goals and South Sudan not to score are both good value options if you are looking to place a bet.
Malawi v Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso sit at the top of the table after three matches played in Group B of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification tournament and they can go one step closer to booking their spot in the 2021 AFCON finals with a victory in this game. The visitors are also looking to complete a quick-fire double over Malawi, having won 3-1 when they met on Thursday. That scoreline could have been more comprehensive too, but Lasina Traore missed a 63rd minute penalty – which would have completed a hat-trick. This game might not be as comfortable for Burkina Faso as that one was, but it would still be a surprise if they didn’t come away with at least a point, so a Burkina Faso draw no bet wager looks to be a good option
Sao Tome and Principe v South Africa
South Africa recorded a 2-0 victory when these two nations met on Friday and in doing so they strengthened their hold on second spot in this qualifying group. The match pretty much went as expected, with South Africa applying most of the pressure while Sao Tome & Principe defended in numbers and this match should follow a similar pattern. South Africa were pretty much untroubled defensively in that aforementioned meeting, and it seems unlikely that Sao Tome & Principe will be able to break through again, therefore, a win to nil for South Africa is the betting tip.
Botswana v Zambia
Zambia claimed their first points in Group H on Thursday when they came from behind to defeat Botswana 2-1 and they are now only a point behind second-placed Zimbabwe. Realistically though, if they are to have a chance of qualifying for the finals they will need to claim maximum points here. The fact that Botswana have failed to score in their last four home AFCON qualifying matches suggests that the visitors do have a good chance of winning, however, Zambia are without a win in their last six away matches in the AFCON qualifiers so one wouldn’t have too much confidence in them. It’s tough to see either team taking the initiative and we could well see a stalemate here.
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