One thing is certain: There will be a new African Cup of National champion. Algeria didn’t even make it to the Round of 16. As expected, Cameroon is among the betting online favorites to win the title due to being the host. However, it isn’t going to be easy.
After beating Comoros in the Round of 16, Cameroon must defeat Gambia, which remains unbeaten. Then, in a potential semifinal, they would collide with Egypt or Morocco. Hop on because the African Cup train is leaving for Excitement City right now and isn’t planning to return.
Cameroon vs Gambia African Cup Quarterfinals
Cameroon: High Expectations
When you are the host, there will always be high expectations. However, when it comes to Cameroon, that’s not the only reason.
The Indomitable Lions won Group A thanks to a 2-1-0 record, seven goals for and three against. No other team scored more goals than them. The draw came in their third match against Cape Verde, but they were already qualified. Previously, they defeated Burkina Faso 2-1 and Ethiopia 4-1.
In the Round of 16, Cameroon suffered more than expected but defeated Comoros 2-1. That’s no disrespect to Comoros, but the Indomitable Lions played with one more player pretty much the entire game. Comoros’ Nadjim Abdou got a red card seven minutes into the match.
Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar were the scorers. Precisely, that duo is another reason for the high expectations. Aboubakar is the tournament’s top scorer with six goals while Toko Ekambi has scored three. As if that wasn’t enough, Cameroon’s attacking unit also includes Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who plays for Bayern Munich.
As you can see, Cameroon truly deserves to dominate the soccer odds with a -175 price. Plus, there are no major injuries to report.
Cameroon’s predicted lineup: Andre Onana; Collins Fai, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Nouhou Tolo; Moumi Ngamaleu, Martin Hongla, Andre Zambo Anguissa, Karl Toko Ekambi; Vincent Aboubakar, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Gambia: Nothing to Lose
Gambia already pulled off an online gambling upset by beating Tunisia 1-0 during the Group Stage. That result helped them to finish in Group F second place with seven points, three goals for and one against. Mali took first place due to scoring more goals.
In the Round of 16, Gambia defeated Guinea with a goal from Musa Barrow. Needless to say, defense is this team’s forte. Guinea made 19 shots, but only two on target. Omar Colley, who plays for Sampdoria in the Italian Serie A, is Gambia’s defensive leader.
Playing 4-5-1 helps a lot, especially with two very good defensive midfielders such as Sulayman Marreh and Yusupha Bobb. That being said, expect Gambia to heavily rely on the counter-attack.
Yusupha Njie won’t be available after getting a red card during the game against Guinea. However, the rest of the squad is ready to go.
Gambia is offering a +700 price. If you include them in your soccer picks with a $100 bet, you could win $800.
Gambia’s predicted lineup: Baboucarr Gaye; Dawda Ngum, James Gomez, Omar Colley, Pa Modou Jagne; Sulayman Marreh, Yusupha Bobb, Ablie Jallow, Ebrima Darboe, Modou Barrow; Musa Barrow.
Cameroon vs Gambia Head to Head
- Previous Matches: 2
- Cameroon Victories: 2 (3 goals)
- Gambia Victories: 0 (0 goals)
- Draws: 0
Gambia will be looking for its first victory over Cameroon. They met twice on the road to the 2019 African Cup and the Indomitable Lions had no trouble winning both matches. The first leg ended 1-0, while the second one finished 2-0.
Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi were among the scorers, so it could end up being déjà vu.
Cameroon vs Gambia Game Information
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Location: Japoma Stadium, Douala, Cameroon
Cameroon vs Gambia Live Stream: fuboTV
Cameroon vs Gambia Betting Lines
|Gambia||+1 -130||+700||2 Evo||½ +125o
|Cameroon||-1 Ev||-175||2 -130u||1½ +120o
Cameroon vs Gambia Prediction
There’s no doubt that Cameroon is the better team, but that doesn’t mean isn’t going to be a close one. Gambia’s defense has been very good, but they haven’t faced such a talented attacking unit. That means the visitors can’t rely on a one-goal advantage, as they’ve done so far.
There’s no tomorrow for the losing team and that’s why I think both will score, making the total go over.
Score Prediction: Cameroon 2, Gambia 1