Ghana vs Benin
Competition: Africa Cup of Nations
Date: 25 June 2019
Kick-off: 22:00 CET
There have been rumors that things between Ghana’s players are not good, that there is friction in the camp, but Kwesi Appiah, their coach, in charge for just over two years now, told reporters in one of his last Press conferences that the way he sees things, today’s camp is “the most peaceful” he has seen these 26 months he has been working as Ghana’s coach. Many see the Black Stars as one of the biggest favorites to lift the trophy in the final, and Ghana definitely have the roster to do that. This is their 22nd appearance in the finals. Only Ivory Coast have more (this is their 23rd). They have also won the title four times, but last one was back in 1982. From winning four titles in just under 20 years, they have gone to no title in almost 40(!). They won their group in the qualifiers, thanks to three wins in four matches. They didn’t have to play against Sierra Leone, and Ethiopia proved too weak to challenge Ghana and second-placed Kenya.
Benin’s target in the tournament is clear: make it through the group stage, for the first time in their history. They had never reached the finals before 2004, but then made it to three out of four tournaments, 2010 included, never, though, reaching the knock-out stages. Michel Dussuyer, their French coach, has done it with Guinea and Ivory Coast before, he has reached the quarterfinals, and their good performances in their recent friendly games showed that they may just have what it takes to be at least one of the best third-placed teams to reach the last 16. This is actually Dussuyer’s second stint at Benin, he led them for two years a decade ago, from 2008 to 2010. They finished second in their group in the qualifiers, on 10 points, one behind winners Algeria, and four above third-placed Gambia. Huddersfield’s Steve Mounié and veteran Stephane Sessègnon stick out in their roster.
Previous five matches:
Ghana vs South Africa 0-0
Ghana vs Kenya 1-0
Ethiopia vs Ghana 0-2
Kenya vs Ghana 1-0
Iceland vs Ghana 2-2
Benin vs Mauritania 3-1
Benin vs Guinea 1-0
Benin vs Togo 2-1
Gambia vs Benin 3-1
Benin vs Algeria 1-0
Ghana’s next game is on Saturday, against Cameroon. Same day, Benin will face Guinea-Bissau.
Ghana vs Benin: Head to head Stats
Ghana and Benin have never played against other before on neutral ground. In the 14 games between these two in their respective countries, Ghana have a much better record, seven wins, just two losses (and five draws). Total goals, 26-10.
Ghana vs Benin: Prediction
I don’t see a surprise in this game. Ghana should win.
Ghana vs Benin: Betting Tips
Ghana’s victory pays 1.75. Combined with “under 3.5 goals” it pays somewhat better, 2.17.