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BETTING PREVIEW: BURKINA FASO vs GABON

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Burkina Faso and Gabon will be the first team to do battle in the Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 when they meet at the Stade Municipal de Limbe on Sunday evening.

Burkina Faso made their way to this stage of the competition by finishing second in Group A with four points after they won one, drew one and conceded one defeat during the group stages.

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The Stallions got their campaign off to a slow start after they fell to a 2-1 defeat to Cameroon in the opening game of the tournament before defeating Cape Verde 1-0 before capping their group stages fixtures off with a 1-1 draw against Ethiopia.

Gabon advanced to the last 16 of the tournament after they claimed second place in Group C with five points from three games, having won one game and played out to two draws in the group.

The Panthers began their campaign on a high note after they defeated Comoros 1-0 in their opening group stage game and followed their win up with a 1-1 draw against Ghana before ending the group with a 2-2 stalemate against Morocco.

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Burkina Faso have conceded three goals and only managed to score three goals from three matches but they do not necessarily have a top goalscorer in the competition as all three of their goals were scored by three different players, including Gustavo Sangaré, Hassane Bandé, Cyrille Bayala.

Like Burkina Faso, Gabon have also conceded three goals but they have scored more goals (4) than their next opponents and Jim Allevinah is currently their top scorer with two goals to his name after netting the equalising goal against Ghana before scoring the opening goal against Morocco.

Cyrille Bayala has been ever-present in Burkina Faso’s starting lineup and as featured in all three group stage fixtures, having played 212 minutes at this tournament, but the AC Ajaccio winger will be hoping to continue his scoring form after scoring in their last game against Ethiopia.

Jim Allevinah has by far been Gabon’s best player in their first three games and has been their main contributor with goals as he has already got two goals to his name after coming on as a 53rd minute substitute to score the equalising goal against Ghana to earn his side a point before netting the opening goal in their draw against Morocco.

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Burkina Faso only have one player sidelined for their clash against Gabon in the form of Saidou Simpore, who missed all three group stage fixtures after testing positive for Covid-19.

Gabon will be with three playing for the knockout games as Gilchrist Nguema missed all three group games due to Covid-19, Mario Lemina announced his retirement from the Gabonese national team after he was forced to quit the squad mid-Afcon owing to heart complications after contracting Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang returned to Arsenal from the Afcon for further medical tests having been diagnosed with “cardiac lesions” following a positive Covid-19 test.

Possible Starting Lineups:

Burkina Faso: Farid Ouédraogo, Issa Kaboré, Issoufou Dayo, Edmond Tapsoba, Steeve Yago, Adama Guira, Gustavo Sangaré, Ibrahim Blati Touré, Cyrille Bayala, Bertrand Traoré, Hassane Bandé.

Gabon: Jean-Noël Amonome, Alex Moucketou-Moussounda, Junior Assoumou, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Lloyd Palun, Anthony Oyono, Johann Obiang, André Biyogo Poko, Guelor Kanga, Aaron Boupendza, Jim Allevinah.

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