After much uncertainty, the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations gets underway with host nation Cameroon squaring off against Burkina Faso and this Cameroon vs Burkina Faso prediction post aims at giving a lowdown on what to expect from the game.
Our Top Cameroon vs Burkina Faso prediction
Playing in front of their home fans where they are unbeaten in the last seven games, Cameroon are huge favorites to get the job done and a home wins looks to be the safest choice amongst all the Cameroon vs Burkina Faso odds.
Cameroon vs Burkina Faso – Match Preview
Aiming to kick off their quest for continental glory on a good note, Cameroon and Burkina Faso lock horns at the Stade Paul Biya on Sunday.
Cameroon vs Burkina Faso – Team Previews
By the virtue of being the hosts, Cameroon were given a direct pass into the group stages.
The Indomitable Lions, who went all the way in 2017, bowed out to Nigeria in the round of 16 three years ago following a 3-2 defeat.
Toni Conceicao’s men claimed a crucial 1-0 win over Ivory Coast in their last outing to book a place in the playoffs off the 2022 World Cup qualifiers which is scheduled to hold in March.
In the mean time, the central Africans have their sights set on a sixth AFCON title and securing all three points this weekend would be a step in the right direction.
Cameroon have named a strong 28-man squad for the tournament including former MVP Christian Bassogog.
Having scored a combined 42 international goals since their debuts in 2010, Vincent Aboubakar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will be heavily relied upon to provide firepower in attack.
Predicted lineup; Andre Onana; Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Nouhou Tolo, Jerome Onguene, Collins Fai; Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, Martin Hongla, Samuel Oum Gouet; Vincent Aboubakar, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Moumi Ngamaleu
Burkina Faso booked their ticket for the AFCON courtesy of an unbeaten qualifying campaign which yielded three wins and three draws.
However, the Stallions have had to endure the disappointment of missing out on a place in November’s World Cup having finished as runners-up to Algeria in Group A.
Since 2013 when they fell at the final hurdle, Kamou Malo’s men suffered semi-final and a group-stage exits in the subsequent two Cup of Nations, before failing to even qualify for the most recent edition.
Off the back of a 3-0 victory over Gabon in their most recent warm-up fixture, the west Africans head into Sunday’s game on a high.
Lassina Traore is the most notable absentee from Burkina Faso’s 28-man squad after he suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Abdoul Tapsoba is only just recuperating from a muscle injury meaning that Djibril Ouattara is in line to feature up front.
Predicted lineup; Herve Koffi; Edmond Tapsoba, Issoufou Dayo, Issa Kabore, Patrick Malo; Adama Guira, Ismahila Ouedraogo, Gustavo Sangare; Bertrand Traore, Djibril Ouattara, Zakaria Sanogo
The Cameroon vs Burkina Faso odds for all three possible match results are as follows:
*Odds from BetWinner, correct at the time of publishing
Cameroon vs Burkina Faso Head to head stats
Matches Played: 6
Cameroon Won: 2
Burkina Faso Won: 1
Cameroon came out on top in each of the first two meetings but have failed to win any of the four clashes since then, managing three draws and a defeat in that time.
This article was most recently revised and updated 6 months ago