The Warm-Up; Ghana vs Guinea (Match 27)

Ghana
Ghana

VS

Guinea
Guinea

Date: February 1st, 2015

Venue: Nuevo Estadio De Malabo

City: Malabo, Equatorial Guinea

Time: 18:00 (CAT)

Form Guide: (Afcon Results): Ghana LWW

January 19th: Ghana 1 – 2 Senegal

January 23rd: Ghana 1 – 0 Algeria

January 27th: South Africa 1 – 2 Ghana

Form Guide: (Afcon Results): Guinea DDD

January 20th: Ivory Coast 1 – 1 Guinea

January 24th: Cameroon 1 – 1 Guinea

January 28th: Guinea 1 – 1 Mali

The Grand Stand Prediction:

There has been a lot of talk in the build-up to this encounter, with many football fans still debating the legitimacy of the manner in which Guinea’s spot in the last eight was decided. Having played to a 1-1 draw with Mali in their final group game, the two teams found themselves equal on all fronts, and the ultimate decision was that lots had to be drawn to determine which team stays in the tournament and which leaves aggrieved. The process, as rare and as unfair as it seems saw Mali’s elimination, much to the disappointment of The Eagles, and Guinea’s date with Ghana was set.

The Guineans, who should be more relieved than proud of their achievements, are one of two teams that qualified for the last eight without managing a win in the group stages, but having watched DR Congo, the other of the two, record a dramatic come from behind 4-2 win in the Congo derby, they will be inspired to make the most of a chance many fans feel Mali deserved more. It will be a tough match for Guinea, who find themselves having to do battle with a Ghana side full of confidence after their 2-1 triumph over South Africa. The Black Stars may have been a bit uncertain of their chances of Afcon glory after their 2-1 loss to Senegal in their opening encounter, but Avram Grant’s men have since found their form, beating Algeria 1-0 and coming from behind to record a 2-1 win over Shakes Mashaba’s boys.

The likes of Andre Ayew, who scored the winner in Ghana’s last encounter, his brother Jordan, and talismanic number 3 Asamoah Gyan, will have to put in a spirited performance to ensure their team’s passage through to the last four. For Guinea, a convincing performance is due if they are to record their first win of the tournament, and they will need to likes of Ibrahima Traore and Mohamed Yattara to be on top of their game if they are to stay in the tournament.

Scoreline Predictions: #GSVPredictor

@GSV_UncleBob’s Prediction: Ghana 1 – 2 Guinea

@GSV_SportsMano’s Prediction: Ghana 3 – 1 Guinea

@MaryGSV’s Prediction: Ghana 2 – 0 Guinea

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