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Feb 3, 2021 at 3pm UK at Stade de la Réunification
MaliMali
0-0
GuineaGuinea

Kanoute (8'), Doumbia (59'), Coulibaly (105')
FT

Sylla (18'), Oumar Sow (22')
Mali win 5-4 on penalties

Preview: Mali vs. Guinea - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's African Nations Championship clash between Mali and Guinea, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Mali face Guinea in the African Nations Championship semi-finals on Wednesday afternoon as both teams aim to progress to the showpiece event.

Nouhoum Diane's men saw off Congo in the last round following a penalty shootout, while the Syli Nationale defeated Rwanda 1-0.


Match preview

Les Aigles progressed from the group stage of the competition after topping Group A thanks to two wins a draw from their three outings.

Diane's side have the best defensive record in the championship, having only conceded one goal to date, and will be hoping to secure their fourth clean sheet in midweek.

Their best performance in the competition came back in 2016 when Les Aigles were defeated in the final 3-0 by the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mali will be hoping to go one better this time around and secure the trophy for the first time in their history and will be confident of doing just that after putting in some impressive performances so far.

Guinea topped Group D after picking up five points from their group stage fixtures.

A Morlaye Sylla strike was enough to see off Rwanda in the quarter-finals, despite Mory Kante receiving a red card after just 11 minutes of action.

Kanfory Mohamed Bangoura's men have reached the last four of the tournament for just the second time and will be looking to progress to the final for the first time ever.

Star striker Yakhouba Gnagna Barry will be crucial to their chances. The 22-year-old forward has bagged three goals in four games, making him the joint-top scorer in the competition.

Mali African Nations Championship form: WDWD
Mali form (all competitions): WWWDWD

Guinea African Nations Championship form: WDDW
Guinea form (all competitions): DLWDDW


Team News

Diane has the luxury of a fully-fit squad to choose from on Wednesday, as Mali have a clean bill of health and no suspended players.

The centre-back pairing of Mamadou Doumbia and Yacouba Doumbia have provided a solid base for the West Africans, and they will need to be at their best to stop an in-form Barry.

Midfielder Kante is suspended for this semi-final clash following his dismissal last time out.

That means Mohamed Lamine Soumah could be recalled to the starting lineup in order to make his second appearance of the tournament.

Mali possible starting lineup:
Diarra; Samake, Y. Doumbia, M. Doumbia, Bagayoko; Diallo, Kyabou, Kanoute, Sidibe; Ballo, Kone

Guinea possible starting lineup:
M. Camara; N. Camara, Doumbouya, A. Camara, Mohamed Bangoura; I. Camara, Sylla, Soumah, Coumbassa; Mamadouba Bangoura, Barry


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We say: Mali 1-0 Guinea

The result of this semi-final is likely to come down to who comes out on top between Mali's defence and Guinea's attack. We fancy Diane's men to get the job done and reach their second African Nations Championship final in five years.


Top betting tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting a home win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Home Win:curl


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