Tip Mali - Mauritania
Prediction published on January 17, 2022 at 2:34 PM - Modified on January 17, 2022 at 3:34 PM
Mali and Mauritania meet at the Japoma Stadium in Douala for their final match in Group F. Mali are on four points from their two matches while Mauritania are yet to pick up a point after losing their opening two matches. Mali are joint top in the group with Gambia and both teams have the exact same goal difference. If Mali and Gambia win their final game then the winner will be decided by goal difference. A Mali win would guarantee them progress to the next round while a loss for them could also see them through provided third place Tunisia also lose. Any two of Mali, Gambia and Tunisia can still qualify. Only Mauritania are already eliminated but they can still have a say in which teams qualify. Mali are unbeaten in their last eight matches with their last defeat coming against Tunisia in June.
Mauritania gave a good account of themselves in their first game before going down to Gambia but they were totally outplayed in their last match losing 4-0 to Tunisia. They have not won against Mali in their last four matches with three losses and a draw. Their poor run of results extends to before AFCON as they have only won once in their last 13 matches with that victory coming against lowly Syria in the recent Arab Cup. They cannot qualify and will be playing for pride but will have Tunisia and Gambia hoping that they can cause an upset to allow them to progress from the group.
Key points Mali - Mauritania
Nine of Mali’s last 11 matches has produced under 2.5 goals.
They have kept seven clean sheets in their last eight matches.
They have only conceded 12 goals in their last 12 matches.
Four of Mauritania’s last six matches have produced under 2.5 goals.
They have kept one clean sheet in their last nine matches.
Conclusion Mali - Mauritania
Mali have everything to play for in this match and must avoid complacency as they play the bottom team of the group. Mali know that a win will almost certainly guarantee them top spot unless Gambia beat Tunisia by a bigger victory margin. We are backing Mali to win and claim the top spot in the group.
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