Cameroon vs Burkina Faso: Flying start for hosts

Cameroon vs Burkina Faso: Flying start for hosts

Kick-off: 1600, 09/01/2022

Stadium: Paul Biya Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Cameroon are the Africa Cup of Nations hosts so will be determined to get off to a confident start in front of their own fans in the tournament opener.

The Indomitable Lions are one of the leading fancies at 9.50 to win the tournament for the sixth time, having triumphed most recently in 2017.

This is a tricky opening game but we’re backing the hosts to win and under 2.5 goals at 2.95 as our initial Cameroon vs Burkina Faso prediction.

Cameroon Odds

Cameroon will head into the tournament with plenty of confidence after winning their World Cup qualifying group with five wins out of six.

They averaged two goals per game but it was in defence where they were most impressive, conceding just three goals.

Their final match was a winner-takes-all clash with the Ivory Coast and a clean sheet ensured that Karl Toko Ekambi’s first-half goal was enough to top the table.

Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana made some fine saves and again provides a solid presence behind a well-organised defence.

Al-Nassr striker Vincent Aboubakar is expected to lead the line and has been in decent form in Saudi Arabia but Cameroon could be forgiven for a few nerves early on.

Looking at the 4.10 for a draw at half-time and then a Cameroon victory catches the eye.

Burkina Faso Odds

Burkina Faso are expected to finish as runners-up to Cameroon in Group A, based on the Africa Cup of Nations odds, and will be no pushovers.

They pushed Algeria all the way in World Cup qualifying, eventually finishing just two points behind them having drawn both matches with the group winners.

Aston Villa forward Bertrand Traore is their star player and they only conceded four goals in World Cup qualifying, three of which came against Algeria.

A 0-0 draw with Cameroon last January in the African Nations Championship adds to the feeling that this will be a close contest but we think the hosts have the quality to nick the all-important goal.

For the last of our Cameroon vs Burkina Faso betting tips, we’re backing a 1-0 win for the hosts at 5.00.

Additional stats

Last result:

CAMEROON 1-0 Ivory Coast

Gabon 0-3 BURKINA FASO

Head-to-head: Burkina Faso 0-0 Cameroon, Cameroon 0-1 Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso 1-1 Cameroon

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