Big Game Focus: Cameroon v Mali

Cameroon and Mali will meet in an international friendly on Friday as both teams try to outdo each other before the Africa Cup of Nations. Bet on the match here.

Cameroon will be full of confidence following their 2-1 victory against Zambia in their last international fixture. The Indomitable Lions have sustained a solid defensive order and conceded just one goal in their last three matches. They are unbeaten in six of their last eight. They are the African Nations defending champions and they will want to live up to their standards.

Mali lost by a 2-1 scoreline against Senegal in their previous international as they could not sustain their lead to lose the match in added time. This was their first defeat in ten matches, although a majority of those have ended in draws.

Betting preview

Cameroon have seen Under 2.5 Goals in six of their last nine matches in all competitions and the same is true in seven of Mali’s last ten matches. There is good value in backing a low scoring affair and odds of 1.70 look attractive for Under 2.5 Goals.

The Indomitable Lions have won three of their last five fixtures and have won one of their last two previous meetings with Mali whilst drawing the other one. Mali have drawn six of their last ten games and backing a Cameroon Win with the insurance of a Draw No Bet looks good at odds of 1.30 here.

Both Team to Score No has landed in all but one of Cameroon’s last five games and the same is true for Mali. There is a good chance for this to happen and you can back Both Teams to Score No at odds of 1.80.

Team news

Yaya Banana and Jerome Onguene have been crucial in Cameroon’s recent defensive solidity and both could be given be on starting line up on Friday. Jean Pierre Nsame is also expected to lead the attack, despite the fact that he is yet to get his first international goal.

Lassana Coulibaly and Idrissa Traore are expected to extend their partnership at the heart of defence having impressed in recent outings. Moussa Marega has struggled lately scoring just two goals in his last ten matches for the national team though he is expected to feature.

Possible lineups

Cameroon: Kamene, Dawa, Yaya, Onguene, Fai, Malong, Boumal, Ngamaleu, Olinga, Ntep, Nsame.

Mali: Diarra, Sacko, Coulibaly, Traore, Hiadara, Djenepo, Fofana, Doumbia, Marega, Diaby, Kouyate.