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Gambia vs Mali Preview & Tips - Three points tipped for Mali

By Ralph Staniforth
  • Gambia vs Mali predictions for Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations match
  • Fixture is being played at 13:00 GMT at the Omnisport de Limbe Stadium
  • Can Mali keep their 8th consecutive clean sheet?
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Mali can get their second win and secure progression (Getty Images)
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Both sides got off to winning starts in the group. Another win here for either will confirm their place in the next round. Mali have the superior quality within their side and should win this.

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Gambia vs Mali Preview & Tips


Mali and Gambia began their AFCON campaign with victory. The winner here will be set to advance to the next round. I’m backing Mali’s superior quality to come through in a low scoring win.
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  • Gambia have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 6 matches (all competitions).
  • Mali have kept 7 clean sheets in their last 7 matches (all competitions).
  • Mali have won 6 of their last 7 matches (all competitions).
  • Mali have seen under 2.5 goals in 8 of their last 10 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head


In the two previous matches between Mail and Gambia, Mali have won one and one ended level. They last met in 2017 where Mali won 4-0 at home.

Gambia Form


The Gambia qualified for the AFCON by topping their qualification group ahead of Gabon. They won three and drew one of their final four qualifiers.

The Gambians played a number of friendly fixtures since the AFCON qualification finished. They beat both Niger and Togo but then lost to Kosovo and New Zealand.

While they came into the Africa Cup of Nations a bit undercooked, The Gambia managed to get a 1-0 win over Mauritania in the opener. Ablie Jallow struck in the 10th minute but The Gambia could easily have won by more.

Gambia Team News


The Gambia are unlikely to change much after getting the three points last time out. They will want to be more accurate in the attacking third though and improved finishing will be required.

Goalkeepers: Baboucarr Gaye, Sheikh Sibi, Modou Jobe
Defenders: Pa Modou Jagne, Omar Colley, James Gomez, Noah Sonko Sundberg, Bubacarr Sanneh, Ibou Touray, Saidy Janko, Mohammed Mbye
Midfielders: Ebrima Sohna, Dawda Ngum, Sulayman Marreh, Ebrima Darboe, Yusupha Bobb, Ebou Adams, Musa Barrow, Ablie Jallow, Steve Trawally, Ebrima Colley
Forwards: Lamin Jallow, Bubacarr Jobe, Assan Ceesay, Muhammed Badamosi, Modou Barrow, Dembo Darboe, Yusupha Njie 

Mali Form


Mali came into the tournament having not played since mid-November when the World Cup Qualifying campaign ended. Their only friendly against Malawi was cancelled. 

During the Qatar 2022 qualifying campaign Mali were unbeaten, they won five and drew one of their six matches. were superb. Most impressive is perhaps the fact that Mali didn’t concede a goal in those six fixtures.

In their opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations, Mali put any rust they may have had aside to beat a strong Tunisia outfit 1-0. Ibrahima Kone scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot. The one blemish was the red card for El Bilal Toure.

Mali Team News


El Bilal Toure will miss this match after his rather harsh red card last time out.

Goalkeepers: Djigui Diarra, Ismael Diawara, Ibrahima Mounkoro.
Defenders: Senou Coulibaly, Mamadou Fofana, Massadio Haidara, Boubacar Kiki Kouyate, Falaye Sacko, Issiaka Samake, Moussa Sissako, Charles Traore, Hamari Traore.
Midfielders: Yves Bissouma, Mohamed Camara, Lassana Coulibaly, Aliou Dieng, Amadou Haidara, Romenigue Kouame, Diadie Samassekou, Adama 'Noss' Traore, Hamidou Traore.
Forwards: Kalifa Coulibaly, Moussa Doumbia, Moussa Djenepo, Ibrahima Kone, Lassine Sinayoko, Adama "Malouda" Traore, El Bilal Toure. 

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Verdict

This should be a cagey affair, low scoring affair. Gambia will be happy with a point but Mali have the better players. I'm backing Mail to win a close one.

Best Bet: Gambia Win Result @8/11 at bet365 - 4 Units
Value Bet: Mali Win To Nil Win to Nil @7/5 at bet365 - 1 Unit
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    @7/5

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