With every qualification spot still up for grabs in Group E, Sierra Leone will face Equatorial Guinea in the final round of the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations and we will be previewing the clash in this Sierra Leone vs Equatorial Guinea prediction article.
Our Top Sierra Leone vs Equatorial Guinea prediction
Equatorial Guinea picked up a shock 1-0 win over defending champions Algeria last time out and will be the more confident side ahead of their final group stage game. They may just pick up all three points over a winless Sierra Leone.
Sierra Leone vs Equatorial Guinea – Match Preview
Sierra Leone and Equatorial Guinea will lock horns at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium on Thursday evening as both sides compete for a place in the last 16 of the cup competition.
Sierra Leone vs Equatorial Guinea – Team Previews
Sierra Leone held Algeria to a goalless draw in their opening game before playing out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Cote d'Ivoire in their next game.
After falling behind in the first half, Sierra Leone levelled the scores in the 55th minute before going behind once again moments later. A colossal error from the Indomitable Lions goalkeeper however saw John Keister's men draw level for the second time.
The Leone Stars sit third in the group with two points from two games, unbeaten and yet winless.
A win will guarantee automatic qualification for the first knockout round while a draw could see them advance as one of the best ranked third-placed teams in the competition. A loss could however be detrimental to their hopes.
Alhaji Kamara came off injured in his side's opener against Algeria but came off the bench to score last time out and could therefore return to the starting XI on Thursday.
Predicted lineup; Mohamed Kamara; Kevin Wright, Steven Caulker, Umaru Bangura, Osman Kakay; Mohamed Buya Turay, John Kamara, Kwame Quee, Mustapha Bundu; Musa Noah Kamara, Alhaji Kamara
Equatorial Guinea were beaten 1-0 by Cote d'Ivoire in their first game before bouncing back to beat Algeria by the same scoreline.
After being on the backfoot for the bulk of the game, central defender Esteban Orozco stepped up to score a 70th-minute winner for Equatorial Guinea, his maiden goal for the nation.
The Equatoguineans are the lowest-rated nation in their group according to FIFA rankings but sit second in the group with three points with one game to go.
They are very much in the race for qualification and could confirm that with a win or draw on Thursday. A loss may hurt their chances but may not completely rule them out of the running.
Carlos Akapo has recovered from the injury he sustained in his nation's opener and is expected to start on Thursday while Emilio Nsue was not involved against Algeria and is expected to remain out of the side.
Predicted lineup; (4-4-3): Jesus Owono; Carlos Akapo, Saul Coco, Esteban Orozco, Basilio Ndong; Pablo Ganet, Jose Machin; Jannick Buyla, Federico Bikoro, Iban Salvador; Oscar Siafa
The Sierra Leone vs Equatorial Guinea odds are as follows:
*Odds from Melbet, correct as at the time of publishing
Sierra Leone vs Equatorial Guinea Head to head stats
Matches Played: 6
Sierra Leone Won: 4
Equatorial Guinea Won: 1
Sierra Leone hold the better record between the sides with their most recent result being a 3-2 win in a World Cup Qualifier clash back in 2013.
This article was most recently revised and updated 9 months ago