Africa Cup of Nations – Gabon v Guinea Bissau Preview (14/1/17)

Match preview

I have previewed both of these teams in-depth in my pre tournament posts, for more simply click here. Regarding this specific match, I fancy Gabon to win and they should do it relatively comfortably. This is a big occasion for the host nation and expectations will be high, which might be a slight negative. But it should also serve to re-focus the minds of the players. They know that picking up three points here is an ‘absolute must’ and would get them off to the perfect start. Gabon on paper have loads more quality than Guinea Bissau who have a hard task to avoid defeat. It’s probable that the minnows will try and make themselves as hard to beat as possible and maybe initially Gabon will have some issues breaking them down. But when you’ve got the likes of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang in your side then ultimately the extra class should shine through. I prefer to back Gabon on a -1 Asian handicap, not anything bigger. There is a danger that taking them something like -1.5 could result in a losing bet. All anyone ever wants to do is to win their opening game in whatever fashion possible. I don’t expect a blowout, but Gabon should be able to prevail by a couple of goals.

Prediction: 2-0

Recommended bet 1 unit: Gabon -1 (Asian) @ 1.78