Mali v Mauritania Betting Tips
Mali might not have qualified for a World Cup in their entire history, although they are becoming a regular fixture at African Cup of Nations tournaments, with the Eagles having qualified for the 2019 renewal with consummate ease.
Four wins and two draws meant that Mali topped their section with something to spare and it was noticeable that they conceded just two goals in six matches, even if two of those games were against an out-of-their-depth South Sudan team.
Mohamed Magassouba is currently in caretaker charge of the team, with Mali having recently come close to beating Senegal in a friendly in Dakar, with the team leading with minutes to go before losing 2-1.
The big concern is whether the team have enough goals in their ranks to go a long way in this competition, although Moussa Marega has enjoyed a decent season for Porto and could be a thorn in the side of a Mauritania team who are considered outsiders for this clash.
Sporting’s Abdoulay Diaby is also likely to feature, with Rangers midfielder Lassana Coulibaly set to be a permanent fixture for his country over the next decade and beyond.
Mauritania are making their first appearance at AFCON after a series of failed qualification attempts, with the team edging out Burkina Faso to finish second behind Angola.
It might not have been the strongest qualifying section, although the Lions of Chinguetti will be determined to make the most of their time in Egypt, with several of their players featuring in competitive European leagues.
However, their away form was a concern during qualifying and it was particularly noticeable when losing 4-1 away to Angola, with Mali capable of putting them to the sword here.
The Malians are available at a backable price to get up and running and they just have a greater experience of playing African Nations Cup tournaments.
Mali to win @ 1.75 (3/4) with bet365