The Warm-Up; Equatorial Guinea vs Congo-Brazzaville (Match 1)

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DATE: 17 January 2015

Venue: Estadio De Bata Stadium;

City: Bata, Equatorial Guinea

Time: 18:00 CAT

Form guide (Last 3 Qualifiers): Equatorial Guinea: L W

17 May: Mauritania 1 – 0 Equatorial Guinea

1 June: Equatorial 3 – 0 Mauritania

Form guide (Last 3 Qualifiers): Congo Brazzaville: D L W

15 October: South Africa 0 – 0 Congo-Brazzaville

15 November: Congo-Brazzaville 0 – 2 Nigeria

19 November: Sudan 0 – 1 Congo-Brazzaville

Our Prediction:

Both sides go into the opening fixture of the tournament with points to prove. Equatorial Guinea, who had been disqualified for fielding an ineligible player, were handed an opportunity to qualify as hosts, and will be looking to make the most of that chance. With a young side that includes a lot of uncapped players, some of which are Spanish-born and have no experience in African football, nerves are expected to show early in the game for the Equatoguineans, but the atmosphere of the occasion and the support from the fans should carry Becker’s young troops through.

Congo-Brazzaville have surprised many circles by qualifying ahead of defending champions Nigeria, so the confidence within the side is at a relative high. Having missed out on the tournament since the 2000 edition, they will be looking to play freely and with the same confidence that saw them through the qualifiers. Coach Claude Le Roy, starting his record 8th Afcon, will hope for a winning start, but against the host nation, a draw might be a satisfactory result for the veteran gaffer.

Scoreline Predictions: #GSVPredictor

 Uncle Bob’s Prediction: Equatorial Guinea 2 – 1 Congo-Brazzaville

SportsMano’s Prediction: Equatorial Guinea 1 – 1 Congo-Brazzaville


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