Equatorial Guinea will look to build on a point earned in a draw with Nigeria when they take on Guinea Bissau in their second 2023 Africa Cup of Nations fixture at Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The Djurtus lost their opener to hosts Cote d’Ivoire and defeat against Equatorial Guinea would mean an early exit from the competition. This gives the National Thunders a favourite tag but as the first-round games have panned out, it promises to be a tough encounter.
Equatorial Guinea will go into the contest unbeaten in their previous three matches, which started with a 1-0 victory over Liberia. They then went on to draw 1-1 against Djibouti before sharing the spoils with Nigeria in a 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile, Guinea-Bissau have been a bit bleak in their last three matches, although it started with a 0-1 win against Djibouti. Unable to follow that up, they went down 6-2 against Mali, before handing over all three points in a 2-0 defeat against Ivory Coast.
The two teams have met twice, with Guinea-Bissau winning both matches but it will be their first ever meeting at AFCON.
Equatorial Guinea’s last three results: The National Thunder are undefeated in their last three matches across all competitions – recording two draws in a row including a 1-1 stalemate against Nigeria in a Group A clash on 14 January.
Guinea-Bissau’s last three results: The African Wild Dogs are winless in their last two matches across all competitions since they defeated Djibouti last November. They recorded their second consecutive defeat when they lost 2-0 to Ivory Coast.
Equatorial Guinea XI: Owono; Akapo, Ndong, Fernandez, Bassey, Bicoro, Dicombo, Boacho, Ganet, Edu, Nsue.
Guinea Bissau XI: Ouparine Djoco; Fali Cande, Djalo, Manconi Mane, Jefferson Encada, Semedo, Moreto Cassama, Mauro Teixeira, Janio Da Silva, Mama Balde, Franculino Dju.