Group F’s second round of fixtures in the AFCON begins with Cameroon and Ghana meeting at the Ismailia Stadium for a 6pm BST kick off. Cameroon will be the happier side going into this clash having just seen off Guinea-Bissau last time out, making them the only nation to start with a victory and placing the country on top of the standings by two clear points. On the other hand, Ghana played out a 2-2 stalemate against Benin first time around in a very frustrating ninety minutes for the team, so they’ll be aiming to get the right result from this one.
Cameroon have not been beaten since November when Copa America hosts of this summer, Brazil, defeated them by a solitary goal. Since then they have beaten Comoros by three goals to nil, came away with a win over Zambia 2-1 and more recently, drew with Mali. Their AFCON opener against Guinea-Bissau was tight until the second half when Yaya Banana netted to put his side in the driving seat with a top-corner strike. Just three minutes later their lead was doubles when Stephane Bahoken grabbed his first of the competition with his right foot, virtually ensuring maximum points were going the way of Cameroon with little over twenty minutes to go on the clock. That result has left Cameroon in the promising position of being table toppers in the group and barring some unexpected setbacks in the two matches that remain, they should be certain to progress to the next round of the tournament.
Ghana came into their AFCON campaign with a real desire to bring home silverware for their nation, however a disappointing scoreline on day one of that journey has left them licking their wounds. With only three games played since September, they are not a side that has had time to gel together particularly often and it showed on Tuesday. Victories over Ethiopia and Kenya in November and March sealed their spot in this year’s AFCON, however a goalless draw against South Africa may have been a signal of things to come during the tournament. Ghana were 1-0 down in their opener as Mickael Pote put the opponents in front after just two minutes, although Andre Ayew made the score level less than ten minutes into the affair. His brother, Jordan Ayew, handed his side the advantage with a cool finish assisted by Kasim Adams. Half time came and went, and Ghana appeared in control. It remained that way until the 55th minute when John Boyre received his second yellow card of the tie and was given his marching orders. Soon afterwards, disaster struck when Pote got on the scoresheet for the second time and in the end, neither team could find a winner.
It is expected that Cameroon will line up in a 4-3-3 formation just as they did versus Guinea-Bissau where it worked so well. Yaya Banana will likely remain in defense beside Michael Ngadey-Ngadjui, while Arnaud Sutchuin, Georges Mandjeck and Andre Anguissa should make up the three man midfield. In attack, it looks as though Christian Bassogog, 30-year-old Eric Choupo-Moting and Karl Toko Ekambi will be the main threat looking to punish opposition defenders. Currently, Cameroon have no injury concerns to worry about.
Ghana supporters will be concerned with the news that star-man Andre Ayew may be forced to sit this one out due to an injury he picked up in the meeting with Benin, as will teammate Thomas Agyepong, as he too sustained an injury in that matchup. We can see Ghana beginning in a 4-2-3-1 with Thomas in the centre of the field and Christian Atsu, Kwadwo Asamoah and Samuel Owusu sitting behind Jordan Ayew as the lone striker for the Black Stars.
The two sides are even in terms of odds with Skybet, with the bookies having the pair each at 7/4 to come out on top. Regardless of who wins the fixture, it should be an enthralling game of football and both teams will be ready to create plenty of attacking opportunities. As they each netted twice in their first match, we think Skybet’s price of 11/10 for BTTS in this one is quite good. However, due to the injury news from the Ghanain camp and Cameroon’s positive result in the first match, we can see them taking the initiative here and coming away with another three points. Skybet have Cameroon to win and BTTS at 6/1. As well as that, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Cameroon bag two goals yet again here, and Skybet have them to do exactly that at 9/4.