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Africa Cup of Nations Betting Tips & Predictions: DR Congo vs Guinea


Few would’ve predicted that either of these two teams would be featuring in the quarter-finals, so what a chance it is for both to get into the last four.

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Friday night’s quarter-final match-up presents both of these two with a great chance to reach the semi-finals, where they’ll face either Mali or hosts Côte d’Ivoire.

DR Congo are two-times winners of this competition, although these came way back in 1968 and 1974 when they were known as Congo-Kinshasa and then Zaire respectively.

Now though, after seeing their side dump out record seven-times winners Egypt on Sunday night, Leopards supporters are dreaming of glory once again.

That tie in San Pédro ended 1-1, with Meschak Elia’s opener cancelled out soon after, meaning penalties were required.

Arthur Masuaku did sky his effort miles over the bar, but Samuel Moutoussamy, Grady Diangana, Silas, Aaron Tshibola, Gédéon Kalulu, Chancel Mbemba and Henock Inonga Baka all held their nerve, meaning, with the score 7-7, it was goalkeeper vs goalkeeper.

Egyptian shotstopper Gabaski thwacked the crossbar and then, as roles reversed, Lionel Mpasi’s kept his cool, picked out the top left corner and DR Congo had done it.

Sébastien Desabre’s side didn’t even qualify for the most-recent AFCON, but les Léopards are now on the cusp of their first semi-final appearance in nine years.

Guinea meantime haven’t got further than this for 48 years, ending up as runners-up way back in 1976, dumped out in the first knockout round on six occasions in the last two decades.

On Sunday however, they changed that fact, ousting ten-man Equatorial Guinea, courtesy of Mohamed Bayo’s flick-header, coming in the 98th minute no less, sparking scenes of jubilation.

Kaba Diawara’s team only got through as a best-ranked third-place finisher, their sole group phase win coming over minnows the Gambia, but the National Elephants are still fighting, dreaming of a semi-final spot.

This clash at Stade Alassane Ouattara is very tough to call, so don’t be surprised if we see extra time or possibly even penalties in Abidjan, but we do give the slight-edge to DR Congo.

Draw after 90 minutes

Two of the round last 16 ties went to extra time, and penalties, including DR Congo’s victory over Egypt, and we forecast another draw here.

Guinea’s winner against Equatorial Guinea came in the dying seconds of that tie, so they too could’ve been taken to extra time.

All four of DR Congo’s matches at this tournament have ended all square, a streak we foresee continuing at Stade Olympique d’Ébimpé.

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Draw after 90 minutes

DR Congo vs Guinea

DR Congo to qualify and Yoane Wissa to score anytime

Having said the above, we’re just about backing DR Congo to qualify after either extra time or via a penalty shootout.

Les Léopards have slightly more individual quality than the National Elephants and, if it does go to a shootout, Sébastien Desabre’s side will be well-prepared, given that they ousted Egypt 8-7.

Speaking of quality players, Yoane Wissa is one of the best on the field.

He was on target against Zambia in the group phase and the Brentford forward remains his country’s most-likely goal-threat, leading the line alongside Cédric Bakambu.

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DR Congo to qualify and Yoane Wissa to score anytime

DR Congo vs Guinea

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