The Warm-Up; Mali vs Cameroon (Match 8)




Date: January 20th, 2015

Venue: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo

City: Malabo

Time: 21:00 (CAT)

Form Guide: (Last 3 Qualifiers): Mali LLW

October 15th: Mali 2 – 3 Ethiopia

November 15th: Malawi 2 – 0 Mali

November 19th: Mali 2 – 0 Algeria

Form Guide: (Last 3 Qualifiers): Cameroon WWD

October 15th: Cameroon 2 – 0 Sierra Leone

November 15th: Cameroon 1 – 0 DR Congo

November 19th: Ivory Coast 0 – 0 Cameroon

The Grand Stand Prediction:

Having twice come close to the finals, this aging side seems to have reached its pinnacle, yet the manner in which they play a conservative pressure absorbing brand of football means that for as long as they are in the game they will be a threat to the opposition. Coming up against a more youthful and offensively potent Cameroon side, Mali know that they would do well to get a result out of this encounter; we expect them to sit back like they always do and look to get something off a set piece before unleashing a barrage of attacks later on in the game.

Cameroon have unearthed themselves another good crop of rising young players after going through a period of uncertainty as to where their next stars would come from. They may be in a rebuilding phase, yet the talent inside that locker room has been worth raving about; as the dark horses of this tournament, Cameroon will be looking to ensure that they start off their campaign with a win that lays the foundation for a prosperous run in the competition. It will be entertaining to watch the old masters of defence come up against the new masters of offence in an encounter that promises to be a true battle of ideals; it may be cliché to say, but football will be the winner in this tie.

Scoreline Predictions: #GSVPredictor

Uncle Bob’s Prediction: Mali 1 – 3 Cameroon

SportsMano’s Prediction: Mali 1 – 1 Cameroon

Mary’s Prediction: Mali 1 – 2 Cameroon


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