These two sides were praying South Africa would do them a favour and beat group leaders Senegal on Friday. However it didn’t happen and qualification is no longer at stake in this match, which will decide who finishes 2nd in the group. That would still be a significant achievement for either side and it promises to be a decent game with goals at both ends likely.
With the stakes now lower there is less pressure on the two teams and that could help an open game develop, with players more likely to be willing to take risks. In any case, Burkina Faso games tend to be pretty entertaining affairs. 8 of their last 10 internationals have seen goals at both ends, while both of their two home group games so far have also seen both teams score.
They have some dangerous attacking players with the likes of Alain Traoré and Aristide Bancé both boasting over 20 international goals. However with just 1 clean sheet in 11 matches, they are vulnerable at the back.
Cape Verde are probably punching above their weight by competing for 2nd place in this group. Back-to-back 2-1 wins over South Africa in September reignited their qualification hopes but they have lost all of their other group fixtures. It’s just 1 clean sheet in 11 games for them and that came against minnows Luxembourg. With neither of these sides exactly specialising in shutting the opposition out, going for Both Teams to Score could be worth a bet here.
Overall, the hosts look the more likely victors. Cape Verde have lost 7 of their last 11 international matches and with Burkina Faso unbeaten in 6 home qualifiers, winning 4 of them, going for a Burkina Faso Win looks pretty good too.
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