Burkina Faso and Gabon battle it out in the first knockout game of this year's Africa Cup of Nations and we will be previewing the clash in the Burkina Faso vs Gabon prediction post.
Our Top Burkina Faso vs Gabon prediction
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Burkina Faso were far from convincing in the group stages but have more experience at this level and are favourites to carry the day so we are backing them to get the job done.
Burkina Faso vs Gabon – Match Preview
With both teams vying for a quarter-final berth, Burkina Faso and Gabon face off at the Limbe Stadium on Sunday.
Burkina Faso vs Gabon – Team Previews
Burkina Faso played out a 1-1 draw versus Ethiopia in their final Group A fixture on Monday at the Kouekong Stadium.
Kamou Malo's men took the lead in the 24th-minute through Cyrille Bayala before conceding a penalty seven minutes into the second half to Getaneh Kebede.
Les Etalons finished as runners-up to host nation Cameroon with four points from three games and secured safe passage into the next round.
The West Africans now set out to take the next step towards making a deep run into the latter stages of the tournament as they did in 2013 when they reached the final.
Starman Bertrand Traore made his return to action last time out in what is definitely a huge boost for his nation.
Gustavo Sangare was on target for Burkina Faso in the last meeting against Sunday's opponents and the midfielder will be looking to deliver the goods once again.
Predicted lineup; Farid Ouedraogo; Steeve Yago, Edmond Tapsoba, Issoufou Dayo, Issa Kabore; Adama Guira, Ibrahim Traore, Gustavo Sangare; Bertrand Traore, Hassane Bande, Cyrille Bayala
Gabon held Morocco to an impressive 2-2 stalemate in their third group-stage fixture at the Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo on Tuesday.
Patrice Neveu's men took the lead twice through Jim Allevinah and a Nayef Aguerd own goal but were pegged back both times by goals from Sofiane Boufal and Achraf Hakimi respectively.
The Panthers defied all odds by picking up five points from a possible nine to finish second in Group C, setting up this weekend's clash against Burkina Faso in the process.
Talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has returned to Arsenal and will not play any part in his nation's chase for continental supremacy.
Having found the back of the net in each of his last two outings, 26-year-old Jim Allevinah is definitely one to look out for.
Predicted lineup; Jean-Noel Amonome; Lloyd Palun, Bruno Ecuele Manga, Junior Assoumou; Anthony Oyono, Andre Poko, Guelor Kanga, Johann Obiang, Alex Moussounda; Aaron Boupendza, Jim Allevinah
The Burkina Faso vs Gabon odds are as follows:
*Odds from Betwinner, correct as at the time of publishing
Burkina Faso vs Gabon Head to head stats
Matches Played: 9
Burkina Faso won: 2
Gabon won: 4
Gabon have only lost one of the last six meetings between the sides although that defeat did come in the most recent encounter earlier this year which ended 3-0 in a warm-up fixture for the AFCON.
This article was most recently revised and updated 4 months ago