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Mali v Gabon live stream - Spoils to be shared in Bamako

Brendan O'Neill in Football 9 Jun 2017
Gabons forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Despite the odds being in favour of the hosts, Gabon are fancied to earn a share of the spoils at Stade de 26 Mars on Saturday night when they face Mali in African Cup of Nations qualifying.

Watch & bet on live streaming football at bet365 > sports > live streaming football. Mali vs Gabon kicks off at 2000 BST on Saturday, June 10

Mali v Gabon match stats

Mali have managed only one win in their last six outingsGabon meanwhile have drawn no fewer than eight consecutive gamesOne of those games was against Mali in World Cup qualifying

Mali v Gabon

Mali have gone five months without game time since the African Cup of Nations earlier this year. What's more, their performance in that competition was less than inspiring as the Eagles were knocked out in the group stages after drawing with both Egypt and Uganda but going down in a narrow but pivotal defeat at the hands of Ghana.

With no friendlies played since then, Alain Giresse's men could be a little rusty going into this fixture but they do have some quality players in their ranks including midfielder Yacouba Sylla and Panathinaikos defender Souleymane Coulibaly and with the home advantage they're 3/4 favourites for the win in this game.

Gabon had the home advantage in the African Cup of Nations earlier in 2017. Despite this, they were unable to live up to their pre-tournament billing of potential dark-horses and instead crashed out in the first round having been held to draws against Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso and Cameroon in their three group games.

This should have come to no surprise for regular Gabon-watchers however as their three matches prior to the tournament had all ended in ties and what's more, their two friendly fixtures since the tournament ended have also ended in draws. You can back them to break out of this run with a vital away win at 16/5 here.

However we're not backing the away win we're rather unsurprisingly backing the draw in this game. Mali are arguably a stronger side on paper and do have the home advantage, but Gabon clearly have the ability to grind out draws with stronger sides and given they've now drawn eight consecutive matches, we can hardly back against another at odds of 9/4.

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