Sports Innovation previews the AFCON match between Gabon and Ghana and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
Ghana head to the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Friday to take on Gabon in an Africa Cup of Nations Group C clash.
The Black Stars’ hopes of reaching the knockout stages hang in the balance. To put it simply, they must avoid defeat at all costs. Their opening day defeat to Morocco has left them with no points in their account, with only two games left to play.
As for Gabon, a 1-0 win over Comoros has put them on top of the Group C table. If the Panthers can get a result on Friday, they will be on course for reaching the AFCON knockouts for the first time in a decade.
Facts and figures for Gabon vs Ghana in Africa Cup of Nations.
- Gabon has won the last 3 matches in a row at home;
- Gabon has won in the last 4 of 5 matches at home;
- Gabon scored in the last 6 of 8 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Gabon’s last 4 of 6 matches.
- Ghana did not win the last 3 matches in a row when playing away;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Ghana’s last 10 when playing away matches in the row;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Ghana’s last 8 of 10 matches;
- Ghana scored in the last 7 of 9 matches.
Current form — Gabon vs Ghana
The Panthers claimed opening win
While a far from convincing performance, Gabon still nailed a crucial 1-0 win over Comoros in their AFCON Group C opener. It was their first win in three games, and they’ll be determined to build on it.
The Black Stars left emptyhanded
Ghana’s hopes of ending a 40-year wait for AFCON glory suffered a blow when they lost 1-0 to Morocco in their Group C opener. They’ve now lost their first two games in 2022. They need to snap out of this run on Friday, or else risk an early exit from AFCON.
How do the bookies view it?
The bookmakers favor Ghana to return to winning ways in this clash. Mr. Green has priced a Black Stars win at 2.05. A draw pays out at 3.05 with ComeOn!, while Bet365 is offering odds of 5.00 for Gabon to claim all 3 points.
Gabon vs Ghana — fixture history
This will be the first time that these teams meet in AFCON since 2011. Ghana stole bragging rights back then, sealing a narrow 2-1 win over Gabon.
The Black Stars have a 2-0-1 record in their previous 3 encounters against Gabon. This amounts to a 67% winning ratio for the West Africans, with their Central African foes victorious in 33% of the last 3 encounters.
Current table in the Africa Cup of Nations
According to the Africa Cup of Nations table, the difference between the two teams is currently only 3 points. This round 2 clash is of great importance to both teams and their position in the league table. Ghana have an opportunity to catch up with Gabon, who are currently 1st on 3 points. However, the hosts will surely try to grab all three points themselves on Friday, thus extending their advantage.
Primary goal getter
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has returned to training after recovering from coronavirus. The attacker hopes to make the line-up, but nothing is certain yet. Andre Ayew, meanwhile, will try to add to his promising tally for Ghana in the match.