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Cape Verde national football team
Friendlies 3
Mar 25, 2024 at 7pm UK
Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium
Equatorial Guinea national football team

Cape Verde
1 - 0
Eq Guinea

Cabral (65')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Preview: Cape Verde vs. Equatorial Guinea - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's friendly clash between Cape Verde and Equatorial Guinea, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Cape Verde and Equatorial Guinea will do battle in an international friendly matchup at the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium on Monday evening.

Both teams came out on top from their respective most recent outings and will be looking to pick up where they left off last time out.

Match preview

Cape Verde just about did enough to see off the threat of Guyana thanks to a 1-0 win when the teams went head-to-head in Jeddah on Thursday evening.

Bubista's men made a bright start to the contest and took the lead through Ryan Mendes's second-minute strike, which turned out to be the all-important moment.

As a result, the Blue Sharks have now emerged victorious in four of their last six matches across all competitions, losing just once in that time.

Next up is the challenge of an opposing outfit who have been beaten in each of the previous two editions of this fixture by a combined score of 6-0.

In what is set to be their final outing before the World Cup qualifiers return in June, Cape Verde will be keen to continue their upward spiral.

Equatorial Guinea made it three wins from four matches either side of their Africa Cup of Nations exit as they ran out 2-0 winners against Cambodia on Friday.

Juan Micha's men edged ahead after just 10 minutes through Joan Lopez Elo before Basilio Socoliche doubled his side's lead nine minutes shy of half time.

The Nzalang Nacional are now unbeaten in 14 of 15 matches since a comprehensive 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Tunisia in the AFCON qualifiers in 2022.

Having netted 10 times across their last four involvements, Equatorial Guinea will back themselves to enjoy another field day in attack here.

Cape Verde friendly form:

Cape Verde form (all competitions):

Equatorial Guinea friendly form:

Equatorial Guinea form (all competitions):

Team News

Midfielder Diogo Mendes was handed his full debut for Cape Verde against Guyana and will be targeting a second straight cap in this one.

Ryan Mendes's winner in the aforementioned game was his 18th international strike, moving him three clear of Heldon in the all-time scoring charts.

Joan Lopez Elo and Basilio Socoliche both opened their Equatorial Guinea accounts against Cambodia and head into Monday's clash with the wind in their sails.

Despite his heroics at the AFCON, 34-year-old Emilio Nsue will not feature for his nation as he remains suspended alongside Iban Salvador.

Cape Verde possible starting lineup:
Vozinha, Paulo, Semedo, Costa, Lopes; Jovane, Rocha; D. Mendes, Pina, Lenini; R. Mendes

Equatorial Guinea possible starting lineup:
Ondo; Meseguer, Esono, Anvene, Ndong; Bikoro, Elo, Socoliche; Oba, Ela, Nlavo

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We say: Cape Verde 1-1 Equatorial Guinea

With two in-form teams going head-to-head, we are expecting a keenly-contested affair. We can also see the sides cancelling each other out to settle for a share of the spoils in the end.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

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