AFCON 9/1/2022

African Cup of Nations

AFCON 9/1/2022. Two games in the African Cup of Nations. There are also several games in the FA Cup taking place today and televised on ITV.

AFCON 9/1/2022 - Cameroon v Burkino Faso
Cameroon v Burkino Faso
AFCON 9/1/2022 - Cameroon v Burkino Faso
Cameroon v Burkino Faso

AFCON 9/1/2022 – Cameroon v Burkino Faso

  • Back available just in time for the Cup of Nations following a nine-month ban for using an illegal substance, Andre Onana will line up in goal for the hosts having played just one competitive match in almost a year.
  • Salzburg’s Jerome Onguene and Saint-Ettiene’s Harold Moukoudi will compete for a place at the back alongside Michael Ngadeu after Joel Matip stuck by his decision to withdraw from the national team some six years ago.
  • Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will hope to start but Vincent Aboubakar is likely to lead the line so the Bayern forward may have to bide his time.
  • Star forward Bertrand Traore made a timely first start of a season thwarted by injuries thus far and will start having come through the match at Brentford unscathed.
  • Edmond Tapsoba is another star turn in the side having established a reputation as one of the top young defenders in the Bundesliga with Bayer Leverkusen, while namesake Abdoul is a promosing option in attack.
  • The side does lack a true focal point, however, in the absence through injury of the powerful Lassina Traore, so Mohamed Konate could get the nod up front.

Cameroon-Burkina Faso – Africa Cup of Nations 2021 Statistical Preview (whoscored.com)

AFCON 9/1/2022 - Ethiopia v Cape Verde
Ethiopia v Cape Verde
AFCON 9/1/2022 - Ethiopia v Cape Verde

AFCON 9/1/2022 – Ethiopia v Cape Verde

  • 21-year-old stopper Fasil Gebremichael has emerged as the first choice keeper of late.
  • The side’s most capped player, Shimeles Bekele, is one of just two in the entire squad that plays outside of Ethiopia for Egyptian side El Gouna and he will line up in midfield.
  • Meanwhile, all-time top scorer Getaneh Kebede will lead the line, flanked by two promising young forwards in Abubeker Nasir and Amanuel Gebremichael, who at 21 and 22 respectively, have four international goals apiece.
  • Cape Verde are one of a handful of teams at the tournament that seem likely to set up with a back three marshalled by veteran and captain Stopira.
  • Coach Bubista has some decent attacking options to call upon, most notably in the wide positions, where former Lille winger Ryan Mendes will line up on the left and Jamiro Monteiro – who plies his trade in MLS with Philadelphia Union – could move to the right.
  • Veteran striker Julio Tavares looks set to get the nod up front despite strong competition from Trabzonspor forward Djaniny.

Ethiopia-Cape Verde – Africa Cup of Nations 2021 Statistical Preview (whoscored.com)

AFCON 9/1/2022 - FA Cup
FA Cup
AFCON 9/1/2022 - West Ham United v Leeds United
West Ham United v Leeds United
AFCON 9/1/2022 - West Ham United v Leeds United
West Ham United v Leeds United

AFCON 9/1/2022 – Other Games – FA Cup – West Ham United v Leeds United

  • Said Benrahma has left for AFCON and Pablo Fornals is an injury doubt for West Ham.
  • Aaron Cresswell, Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna are also injury concerns.
  • West Ham have a re-arranged Premier League game three days later so changes are expected.
  • 20-year-old centre-back Ajibola Alese was on the bench for West Ham’s last Premier League game and could start here.
  • Tyler Roberts and Diego Llorente are banned for Leeds’ next Premier League match but the former is now out for around three weeks.
  • Joe Gelhardt would likely have started this FA Cup tie but has been ruled out until after the winter break with an ankle injury.
  • There is at least good news for Leeds with Patrick Bamford in line to return this weekend.

West Ham-Leeds – FA Cup 2021/2022 Statistical Preview (whoscored.com)

AFCON 9/1/2022 - Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal
Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

AFCON 9/1/2022 – FA Cup -Other Games – Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

  • Nottingham Forest are expected to be without at least five players when they welcome Arsenal on Sunday.
  • Forest have signed Steve Cook from Bournemouth and he could slot straight in for his debut here.
  • Young Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis will also look for his debut after arriving on loan earlier this week.
  • Midfielder Harry Arter has returned to the club after falling to make an impact on loan at Charlton.
  • Forest are also expected to wrap up a deal for MLS side FC Toronto left-back Richie Laryea but he may not arrive in time for this game.
  • Forest fielded an entire second string side during the League Cup and may do that again for the FA Cup.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey have all left for AFCON.
  • With Ainsley Maitland-Niles now at Roma for the rest of the season, Arsenal find themselves short in central midfield.
  • Folarin Balogun is set to join a Championship side on loan this month but may get one final game for Arsenal here.
  • Calum Chambers is back available after testing positive for COVID over Christmas and Sead Kolasinac has also returned to training. Gabriel is suspended.
  • Pablo Mari hasn’t featured since September and has only made the matchday squad once across Arsenal’s last 16 games. He will hope to use this game as a shop window.
  • Mikel Arteta, who is back from COVID himself, is expected to rotate heavily against Nottingham Forest with an eye on next week’s re-arranged Carabao Cup semi-final first leg clash with Liverpool.
  • 18-year-old Charlie Patino scored in the League Cup against Sunderland last month and could make his full Arsenal debut here.

Nottingham Forest-Arsenal – FA Cup 2021/2022 Statistical Preview (whoscored.com)

AFCON 9/1/2022 – Other Games

AFCON 9/1/2022 – Other Games Detailed

OTHER FOOTBALL – SUNDAY 9 JANUARY

1:00am MEXICAN LIGA MX – Santos Laguna v Tigres UANL
USA – Fox Sports 1

3:00am MEXICAN LIGA MX – Cruz Azul v Tijuana
UK – OneFootball
Canada – OneSoccer

1:00pm LA LIGA SMARTBANK – Girona v Fuenlabrada
UK – Livescore

2:00pm WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – Blackburn W v Liverpool W
International – FA Player

2:00pm INDIAN SUPER LEAGUE – Kerala Blasters v Hyderabad
UK – OneFootball
India – Star Sports 1

3:00pm LA LIGA SMARTBANK – Lugo v Mirandes
UK – Livescore

4:00pm TURKISH SUPER LIG – Rizespor v Besiktas
Canada – beIN Sports
South Africa – ESPN Africa
USA – beIN Sports

5:15pm LA LIGA SMARTBANK – Malaga v Sporting Gijon
UK – Livescore

7:30pm LA LIGA SMARTBANK – Ponferradina v Real Zaragoza
UK – Livescore

8:30pm LA LIGA SMARTBANK – Las Palmas v Almeria
UK – Livescore

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