Ethiopia kick off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a clash against Cape Verde and a comprehensive preview of the game can be found in this Ethiopia vs Cape Verde prediction post.

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Cape Verde to win @1.87

The Ethiopia vs Cape Verde odds have been released and we are tipping Cape Verde to come out on top in this one. They are unbeaten in 11 of their last 12 competitive outings and head into this weekend’s game with the wind in their sails.

Ethiopia vs Cape Verde – Match Preview

Ethiopia and Cape Verde go head to head at the Paul Biya Stadium on Sunday in Group A’s second fixture of matchday one.

Ethiopia vs Cape Verde – Team Previews

Ethiopia vs Cape Verde prediction


After missing out on the 2019 AFCON, Ethiopia were determined to ensure that they would book their place at this year’s edition and went on to do so, albeit by only the skin of their teeth.

Wubetu Abate’s men finished as runners up to Ivory Coast in their qualifying group and could have easily ended in third place if other results in the final round of matches went against them.

The Walia Ibex, whose only triumph in this tournament came back in 1962, will aim to make a deep run into the latter stages having not reached the knockout stages since in any of their last four appearances.

Coming off the back of a 3-2 win over Sudan in their final warmup fixture, the east Africans set out to keep their momentum going with a positive result this weekend.

Shemeles Bekele, Getaneh Kebede and Jemal Tassew are the only members of Ethiopia’s 25-man squad to have featured at this level before.

Kebede, who is his nation’s all-time top scorer with 32 international goals, is expected to lead the attack.

Predicted lineup; Jemal Tassew; Ramadan Yesuf, Megnot Debebe, Asrat Tunjo, Yared Bayeh; Amanuel Yohannes, Shemeles Bekele, Bezabeh Meleyo; Getaneh Kebede, Dawa Hotessa, Abubeker Nassir

Cape Verde

Cape Verse failed to qualify for the previous two editions of the AFCON but recovered from a slow start to book their place at this year’s event.

Pedro Leitao’s men played out draws in each of their first four outings before securing maximum points from the final two games.

Featuring at their third-ever finals, the Blue Sharks, who crashed out at the group stage during their last appearance, will be seeking to enjoy a more productive outing this time.

Just three goals of shy becoming Cape Verde’s all-time leading goalscorer, 31-year-old Ryan Mendes is one to keep an eye on.

Goalkeeper Vozinha has more international caps for his nation then any other active player as he closes in 60 national team appearances.

Predicted lineup; Vozinha; Patrick Andrade, Steven Fortes, Roberto Lopes, Stopira; Kenny Rocha, Jamiro Monteiro, Joao Paulo; Ryan Mendes, Julio Tavares, Lisandro Semedo

The Ethiopia vs Cape Verde odds are as follows:

Ethiopia to win: 4.90
Draw: 3.20
Cape Verde to win: 1.87

*Odds from Bet9ja, correct at the time of publishing

Ethiopia vs Cape Verde Head to Head stats

Sunday’s game is the first-ever meeting between the two sides so there are currently no head-to-head stats available for this match.

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