The Warm-Up; Ghana vs Senegal (Match 5)

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Ghana

VS

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Senegal

Date: January 19th 2015

Venue: Estadio de Mongomo

City: Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea

Time: 18:00 (CAT)

Form Guide: (Last 3 Qualifiers) Ghana WLW

15th October: Ghana 3 – 1 Guinea

15th November: Uganda 1 – 0 Ghana

19th November: Ghana 3 – 1 Togo

Form Guide: (Last 3 Qualifiers) Senegal LWW

15th October: Tunisia 1 – 0 Senegal

15th November: Egypt 0 – 1 Senegal

19th November: Senegal 3 – 0 Botswana

The Grand Stand Prediction:

Having retained most of the core group of the 2014 World Cup side and added some youthful exuberance, new gaffer Avram Grant seems poised to build a more stable Ghanaian side that has the squad morale to dig deeper in tough times and focus on national pride and not personal gains. That gamble could actually pay off in a group that promises to spring many surprises and offer the neutrals ample enjoyment for the duration of the group stages. Their opponents Senegal, on the other hand, have gone against the grain and added more firepower than most teams at the tournament would have dared to do; their squad may look to employ a score more than we concede mantra in this amply title Group Of Death, their defence could come into question against the formidable Ghanaian attack. Both sides will be without their talisman in attack as Southampton forward Sadio Mané has been ruled out for at least the opening two encounters while Asamoah Gyan continues to fight against his bout of malaria. There is enough quality in both sides to replace those players, while the men tasked with doing so will have the added windfall of earning a greater role in the gaffer’s plans as the tournament continues. It promises to be an open game that the neutrals will enjoy substantially, a game that should be a great advert for African football and the prospect of us experiencing a shower of goals in a hot Equatoguinean climate are extremely high.

Scoreline Predictions: #GSVPredictor

Uncle Bob’s Prediction: Ghana 2 – 1 Senegal

SportsMano’s Prediction: Ghana 1 – 2 Senegal

Mary’s Prediction: Ghana 1 – 0 Senegal

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