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Cameroon are the defending champions in this African Cup of Nations tournament. They made a good start to their defence with a 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau. That has already put them in a strong position as Ghana were held to a 2–2 draw with Benin giving Cameroon a two-point lead. Another win here will take them into the knock-out stages of this tournament.

Latest Odds

Cameroon are bidding to again win the African Cup of Nations for the second time in a row. They did that in 2002 and you can get odds of 16/1 (17.0) at Bet365 to retain their title. At present they are ranked 51st in the world and that is only one place behind their opponents.

Despite being the defending champions, they still had to qualify for this tournament. They finished second behind Morocco but failed to win any of their away games in their group. Cameroon came into this tournament in decent form and the win over Guinea-Bissau extended their unbeaten run to five games. One of their victories was an 11-0 demolition job of Alcorcon in a hybrid friendly. The odds of them beating Ghana are 7/4 (2.75) at BetVictor.

Their last defeat was in a friendly against Brazil played last November. They only lost that game 1-0 though with Everton’s Richarlison scoring the winner. It wasn’t played in glamorous Brazil though but Milton Keynes in England.

Ghana have won the African Cup of Nations on four occasions. They also know what it’s like to retain the title but that was achieved 54 years ago. A trip to William Hill will see you receiving odds of 12/1 (13.0) on Ghana winning their first title since 1982.

There have been plenty of near misses though in recent years. In each of the last six tournaments, Ghana have made it through to at least the semi-finals. 2015 saw them lose in the final to the Ivory Coast being defeated 9-8 in a penalty shoot-out.

Qualifying for this year’s tournament wasn’t too difficult. They finished two points clear of Kenya in a group that only had three teams. That’s because Sierra Leone were disqualified after problems with their governing body. Ghana only had to play four qualfiers, winning three and losing away to Kenya.

Form coming into this tournament has seen them play just twice this year. A final qualifier against Kenya was won 1-0 at home and they then drew 0-0 with South Africa. Their opening group game saw them go behind early on against Benin. They recovered to lead 2-1 in the second half with two goals from the Ayew brothers. However, Ghana couldn’t hold onto their advantage and the game ended 2-2. There are odds of 9/5 (2.8) at Paddy Power on this match ending all-square.

With Guinea-Bissau to face in their final fixture, Ghana won’t be worrying too much about not reaching the knock-out stages. They can be backed at 39/20 (2.95) to beat Cameroon to take the advantage in this group with that one game remaining. Cameroon remain favourites to win the group though with odds of 4/6 (1.66) at Ladbrokes. If you thInk Ghana will finish on top, it’s 17/10 (2.7) at Betfair that Ghana are the group winners.

Head-to-Head

Cameroon have won their last two games against Ghana. Of eight previous meetings, six have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. Coral will give you odds of 4/9 (1.44) on that stat coming up in this match.

Team News

There are no major injury problems after the first group fixtures.

Prediction

Cameroon have the advantage in this group but would like to win this game to secure a top two finish. A draw would most likely see them end up level on points with Benin who are fancied to defeat Guinea-Bissau. Ghana are already two points behind their opponents but should still qualify even if losing this match. A bet on a draw with both teams scoring has odds of 7/2 (4.5) at SkyBet.

Published by Steve Ashfield

Steve is a self-employed freelance writer with years of experience writing about everything from sport to politics. He loves his statistics and quotes them at every opportunity.

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