Cameroon vs Mali - Mean defences will make goals hard to come by

Cameroon and Mali set to serve up tight contest in AFCON warm up
Cameroon vs Mali
Cameroon and Mali set to serve up low scoring draw in International friendly (Getty Images)

Cameroon vs Mali Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips


Cameroon and Mali are set to serve up a tight contest when they meet in an International friendly on Friday. Both teams are known for their sturdy defence and are tipped to produce an outcome of under 2.5 goals. I am also predicting a draw here as both teams appear evenly matched heading into the clash.

Cameroon Form & Team News 


Cameroon are coming off a 2-1 victory against Zambia in their last international fixture. They took a two-goal lead through Paul-Georges Ntep and substitute Diederrick Joel before the Zambians pulled one back 13 minutes from time. 

Clarence Seedorf's men are unbeaten in six of their last eight matches as they prepare to defend their Africa Cup of Nations title in Egypt. The Indomitable Lions have maintained a solid defence, having conceded just one goal in their last three matches and can be backed to win at 1.80 at bet365.

Centre backs Yaya Banana and Jerome Onguene have been pivotal in Cameroon's recent defensive solidity and both men could be given a run out on Friday. Jean Pierre Nsame is also expected to lead the line, although the striker is still seeking his first international goal.

Cameroon
Cameroon have seen under 2.5 goals in six of their last nine matches (Getty Images)

Mali Form & Team News 


Mali suffered a 2-1 defeat against Senegal in their previous international outing. They took the lead midway through the second half through Adama Traore but were pegged back before conceding the winner in added time.

It was the first defeat for the Eagles in 10 matches, although six pf those outings have ended in draws. Mohamed Magassouba's men have built their recent good form on a tight defence having conceded just one goal in their last 10 outings. Mali can be backed to win at 4.00 but a draw could be a more realistic option at 3.30.

Lassana Coulibaly and Idrissa Traore should continue their partnership at centre back having impressed in recent matches. Moussa Marega often features in attack for the Malians but the striker has just two goals in his last 10 matches for the national team.

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Mali have seen under 2.5 goals in seven of their last 10 matches (Getty Images)

Cameroon vs Mali Head to Head


There have been only two previous matches involving Cameroon and Mali. The Cameroonians have one win while both teams played out a 1-1 draw during the 2015 AFCON.

Cameroon vs Mali Match Up


Cameroon are known for their solid defending and have conceded just one goal in their last three matches. Yaya Banana and Onguene have impressed in defence and should comfortably shut out the Malian attack.

Mali have similar defensive qualities with Coulibaly and Traore both impressing in recent matches. Both men will be confident of holding their own against Nsame in attack for Cameroon.

Cameroon vs Mali Key Statistics


  • Cameroon have seen under 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 9 matches (all competitions).
  • Cameroon are unbeaten in 6 of their last 8 matches (all competitions).
  • Mali have seen under 2.5 goals in 7 of their last 10 matches (all competitions).
  • Mali are unbeaten in 9 of their last 10 matches (all competitions).

Verdict


Cameroon and Mali often build their play on a solid defence with both teams keeping things tight at the back. Friday's clash is expected to produce under 2.5 goals with both teams tipped to battle to a draw.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals @ 1.80 at bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet: Draw @ 3.30 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw @ 7.00 at bet365 - 1 Unit

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