After both teams each took away a big point against the favoured Nigerian and Zambian squads, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia lock horns in Group A's second match on Friday at 1pm EST.Ethiopia almost shocked the defending champions in its opening game, so it is a bit tempting to see what it does here, especially with odds of 4.15 being offered for the outright win.
The Ethiopians defeated the Central African Republic and drew South Africa in their opening pair of World Cup Qualifiers which sees them atop the group. They also drew Tunisia two weeks ago.
However, this is a team that is making its first appearance in the African Cup of Nations since 1982 and will be without its starting keeper, who was given a red after colliding with a Zambian player. The Ethiopian fans caused some havoc in the stadium and the federation was fined $10,000 as a result.
A slight Canadian connection here is that former Toronto FC player Fuad Ibrahim, now 21 years of age, is on the roster for the team.
A win doesn't seem likely, but nobody has really seen enough of this squad to see if it is legit to pull off a big win. The draw seems to be the safe betting option of the three-ways, with 3.40 given at Uwin.com.
That same firm has Burkina Faso favoured at 1.95. It drew tournament contender Nigeria 1-1 in its first match and had won three straight before that match. BF has a few players in the Bundesliga and Ligue 1, which is more than what Ethiopia can say.
The over 2.5 is listed at 2.21 while the under is at 1.59, mainly due to the fact that goals in this tournament are hard to come by. That also leads the both teams to score bet to be a bit higher as well with a payout of 2.05. This tournament is notorious for being a crapshoot, especially in the opening round, so anything is possible when you have two lowly nations going at it.
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