The Warm-Up; Cape Verde vs Zambia (Match 19)

Cape Verde Islands
Cape Verde Islands

VS

Zambia
Zambia

Date: January 26th, 2015

Venue: Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín

City: Ebebiyín, Equatorial Guinea

Time: 20:00 (CAT)

Form Guide: (Afcon Games): Cape Verde DD

January 18th: Tunisia 1 – 1 Cape Verde

January 22nd: Cape Verde 0 – 0 DR Congo

Form Guide: (Afcon Games): Zambia DL

January 18th: Zambia 1 – 1 DR Congo

January 22nd: Zambia 1 – 2 Tunisia

The Grand Stand Prediction:

With the group going to the wire, both sides still have a shot at qualifying into the knockout stages despite their lack of wins thus far. Both gaffers will be looking to go all out for the win and guarantee that their respective sides make it out of the group; a better performance from both sides will be expected from their supporters after they failed to register wins in their two previous encounters.

Cape Verde will be eager to go one step further and avoid drawing their third successive game in this tournament, the Blue Sharks will know that they are playing an under performing Zambian side and that should inspire them to double up their efforts and take the game to their opponents; the neutrals will be hoping they do just that, and implore Zambia to make the most of their enterprising play.

Zambia have played some enterprising football so far in this Afcon competition, yet their inability to be selfless when they have created goal scoring opportunities has hurt their side greatly. Their gaffer has publically criticized their selfish tendencies and he personally hopes that they step it up a few notches in this encounter; Chipolopolo could do with some tactical and personnel changes if they aim to play at the level we had all expected to see from them.

We at GSV would like to believe that this game will present us with great value, the side that comes in looking to ensure a positive result and take their chances will certainly have the upper hand in this one; we can expect a few more surprises in this relatively open group.

Scoreline Predictions: #GSVPredictor

Uncle Bob’s Prediction: Cape Verde 1 – 2 Zambia

SportsMano’s Prediction: Cape Verde 2 – 1 Zambia

Mary’s Prediction: Cape Verde 0 – 2 Zambia

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