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Jan 30, 2022 at 7pm UK at Stade de la Réunification
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Eq Guinea
Diedhiou (28'), Kouyate (68'), Sarr (79')
Ciss (9'), Gueye (18')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Buyla (57')
Pepin (36')

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

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations clash between Senegal and Equatorial Guinea, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Senegal and Equatorial Guinea round off the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations when they go head to head at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium for a place in the last four on Sunday.

The National Thunder head into the game fresh off the back of another superb result after knocking out a significantly superior Mali side on penalties and will look to keep the juggernaut rolling.

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Senegal's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates on January 25, 2022© Reuters

Senegal picked up their most impressive result at the Africa Cup of Nations last Tuesday when they claimed a comfortable 2-0 victory over Cape Verde in the round of 16.

In a thrilling contest at the Stade Omnisports de Bafoussam, Liverpool star Sadio Mane broke the deadlock shortly after the hour mark before Marseille forward Ahmadou Bamba Dieng came off the bench to make sure of the result in the 92nd minute.

This followed an unbeaten run in the group stages, where they claimed a 1-0 victory over Zimbabwe in their group opener on January 10 before playing out successive goalless draws against Guinea and Malawi respectively to finish top of Group B.

While Aliou Cisse's men have scored just three goals in the tournament, they have been imperious at the defensive end of the pitch, where they remain the only side yet to concede a goal so far.

Senegal are currently on a blistering 10-game unbeaten run across all competitions, picking up seven wins and three draws since crashing out of the COSAFA Cup on penalties against South Africa back in July 2021.

Equatorial Guinea's Saul Coco, Iban Salvador and Pablo Ganet celebrate after winning the penalty shoot out on January 26, 2022© Reuters

Equatorial Guinea, on the other hand, are one of the surprise packages at the Africa Cup of Nations as they have made it to the last eight after causing a few upsets at the tournament.

Following an opening-day defeat at the hands of Ivory Coast on January 13, the National Thunder stunned defending African champions Algeria to a 1-0 victory four days later when Esteban Orozco scored a 70th-minute winner to get their campaign up and running.

Juan Micha's men then picked up a second consecutive 1-0 victory when they saw off Sierra Leone in their final group outing on January 20 to progress to the knockout stages as runners-up in Group E with six points from three games.

Drawn against a significantly-superior Malian side in the round of 16, Equatorial Guinea stuck to the game plan all day, frustrating the Eagles and forcing penalties after a goalless 120 minutes.

The Central Africans held their nerves from 12 yards and secured a 6-5 victory on penalties with Santiago Bocari Eneme converting the all-important strike to send the Malians packing.

Equatorial Guinea head into Sunday's game unbeaten in all but one of their last nine games across all competitions — claiming five wins and three draws — with their defeat against Ivory Coast being the only exception.

Senegal Africa Cup of Nations form:
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W

Senegal form (all competitions):
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • D
  • W

Equatorial Guinea Africa Cup of Nations form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D

Equatorial Guinea form (all competitions):
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D

Team News

Senegal's Sadio Mane receives medical attention after sustaining an injury on January 25, 2022© Reuters

Senegal suffered a huge injury blow against Cape Verde last time out when Mane hobbled off the pitch shortly after the hour mark following a brutal collision.

The Liverpool star's participation is currently in doubt and should he fail a late fitness test, his replacement Dieng could come into the starting side after a brilliant cameo against the Blue Sharks.

The Lions of Teranga will also be boosted by the return of Crystal Palace man Cheikhou Kouyate, who is now available for selection after serving his suspension for passing the yellow card threshold in the game against Malawi.

Senegal have been simply outstanding at the defensive end of the pitch so far and we expect to see a similar back four of Bouna Sarr, Kalidou Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo and Saliou Ciss shielding Edouard Mendy between the sticks.

Meanwhile, Equatorial Guinea will have to make do with the absence of Josete Miranda, who is suspended after picking up a yellow card for the second consecutive game.

With the Getafe man set to miss the game, 24-year-old midfielder Jannick Buyla could return to the fold for his third starting appearance in the competition.

On the injury front, the National Thunder head into the game with a clean bill of health meaning Micha has a full strength squad at his disposal once again.

Senegal possible starting lineup:
E Mendy; Sarr, Koulibaly, A Diallo, Ciss; P Gueye, N Mendy, I Gueye; H Diallo, Dieng, Dia

Equatorial Guinea possible starting lineup:
Owono; Akapo, Coco, Orozco, Ndong; Salvador, Ganet, Machin, Buyla; Siafa, Hanza

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We say: Senegal 2-0 Equatorial Guinea

Senegal have been impenetrable so far and have stamped their name as genuine title contenders. Equatorial Guinea, meanwhile, have proven they are no walkover, beating both Algeria and Mali en route to the last eight. While we expect another thrilling contest, we are backing the Lions of Teranga to come away with the win given the gulf in class and experience between the two sides.

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