Burkina Faso and Gabon have been among the most entertaining teams at the 2021 AFCON finals and here they are, paired to face off in the Round of 16. Burkina Faso managed four points in their group and finished second, while Gabon had five points in Group C. All that will not matter here; a contest for a place in the quarters will be the focus. Burkina Faso are coming from a 1-1 draw with Ethiopia and will be looking to do better under pressure. These two nations met in a friendly match at the start of the year and Burkina Faso won 3-0. Competitively though, they met at the 2017 AFCON finals and it ended 1-1. In competitive action Burkina Faso have no win in four matches against Gabon. In each of their three matches in this competition, Burkina Faso have scored the opening goal.
Gabon had to see off three of their players earlier in the week and will be here looking to continue with the good run they’ve had at this competition. As they go to this game, their only loss in the last five matches has been against Burkina Faso in that warm up game ahead of this competition. Both sides have scored in three of Gabon’s last four matches and they have just one clean sheet in the last five matches while they’ve failed to score. While Gabon are unbeaten in the last six AFCON matches, their only win in that run was against debutants Comoros. Both sides have scored in four of Gabon’s last six AFCON matches.
Burkina Faso and Gabon have both done well in this competition so far. Ahead of this game this feels like a well balanced game, though Gabon had a point more than Burkina Faso at the group stage. With both sides showing good quality in attack in the run up to this game, we feel both teams scoring can pass here though a draw at 90 minutes is the most likely outcome.