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|Match Result and Both Teams to Score||Odds|
|Gambia and Yes||+1600
|Tie and Yes||+500
|Cameroon and Yes||+400
Back Cameroon and Yes in the Caesars Sportsbook. The Gambia has nothing to lose and will not simply sit back and defend, but Cameroon will probably have too much-attacking quality.
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The last host nation to win the Africa Cup of Nations was Egypt, who beat Ivory Coast on penalties to advance to the quarter-finals of the current edition on Wednesday. That triumph on home soil came in 2006 and kick-started a run of three consecutive Cup of Nations victories for the Pharaohs. But that Egypt side remains the only host nation to lift Africa’s most important trophy in the 21st century. In the 10 other tournaments held since the turn of the millennium, the hosts have failed to go all the way.
Cameroon are determined to replicate Egypt’s 2006 achievement. They got off to a good start in the group stage, amassing seven points from a possible nine to advance to the round of 16 with a minimum of fuss. Vincent Aboubakar scored five goals in Cameroon’s first three matches – more than 21 entire teams in the group phase. The Indomitable Lions played patient, possession-based soccer and, thanks largely to Aboubakar, were clinical inside the penalty area.
Cameroon were expected to make light work of Comoros in the round of 16, even before it was announced that their opponents had to deploy an outfield player in goal due to a Covid-19 outbreak. But Comoros were diligent and resilient, and the hosts had to work hard for their 2-1 win. Still, the primacy of the result in knockout soccer is well established, and Cameroon ultimately got the job done.
That victory was overshadowed by events off the pitch, as eight Cameroon fans tragically lost their lives in a stadium disaster in Yaounde. Such an incident immediately put the importance of this soccer tournament into perspective. It is unclear at this stage whether the Stade Omnisport Paul Biya will be used again at this Cup of Nations.
International soccer tournaments invariably produce at least one surprise package, and this time it is Gambia. The Cup of Nations debutants occupied 150th place in the FIFA World Rankings when the action got under way in Cameroon, but they are set to climb a few spots after their exploits so far.
Gambia began the competition with a 1-0 victory over Mauritania, but they first made people sit up and take notice in the 1-1 draw with Mali. In their final group game they went one better, beating Tunisia 1-0 to secure a top-two finish in Group F. Another 1-0 triumph followed in the round of 16, as Guinea were sent packing by Tom Saintfiet’s side.
What is more, Gambia fully deserve their place in the quarter-finals. They have played with impressive discipline and organization. Some tournament debutants are exciting but naïve, and often get picked off by more streetwise opponents.
But that has not happened to Gambia, with Saintfiet having fashioned a collective that is more than the sum of its parts, notwithstanding the quality of attacking duo Musa Barrow and Ablie Jallow. Keeping three clean sheets at this level is no mean feat, and the team spirit and togetherness in the camp is clear for all to see. Gambia should not be written off.
Cameroon were only the joint-fifth favorites to lift the trophy when the action began earlier this month, but the home fans are now beginning to dream of a sixth Cup of Nations trophy, which would put them just one behind Egypt, the most successful side in the competition’s history.
As we touched on above, there is little value to be had in betting the moneyline on this occasion. Instead, a Cameroon win and both teams to score is the way to go. A glance at Gambia’s results so far this month might appear to caution against such a selection; only one of their four games up to now has featured goals at both ends.
Yet while Gambia successfully shut down the attacks of Mauritania, Tunisia and Guinea, they will find it much tougher to keep Aboubakar and co. quiet. Gambia will focus on sitting deep and denying Cameroon space in the final third, but if the hosts score the first goal their opponents will have to push higher up the pitch.
Only four players in the tournament have scored more goals than the aforementioned Barrow and Jallow, and Gambia have enough attacking quality to find the net here. Nevertheless, it is hard to look past a Cameroon victory in this quarter-final.
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|Gambia vs Cameroon Information|
|Teams||Gambia vs Cameroon|
|Location||Stade de Japoma, Douala, Cameroon|
|Time||Saturday, 29 January 2022, 11.00 AM EST|
|How to watch||beIN SPORTS|
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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