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Date: 16th November 2023
Kick-Off: 13:00 UK, 14:00 CET
Venue: Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium
Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium is the location for the opening CAF 2026 World Cup qualification for Burundi and Gambia. Both teams are looking to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time.
Burundi vs Gambia – Best Free Predictions and Betting Tips
Burundi are looking to overcome the mediocre and inconsistent performances from the African Cup of Nations to get a positive result in the upcoming game. Gambia have done exceedingly well leading up to the World Cup qualifiers.
Match Result Prediction: Draw
Gambia have lost only once in the last five matches. However, their CAF World Cup qualification record in away matches is terrible with no wins so far in the history. Burundi are heading into the game after a thrashing from the hands of Cameroon, but they have done well in home matches – especially in the CAF World Cup qualifiers with only one defeat since 2010. Both teams are likely to share the spoils in this game.
Total Goals Prediction: Total goals over 1.5
There have been more than 1.5 goals in the last five matches involving Burundi. Even if they have suffered defeats over the last few weeks, it has been by a significant margin. Gambia are coming into the encounter with over 1.5 goals witnessed in three of the last four matches. Both teams are likely to be very evenly matched in this game going their recent form and the overall record in the World Cup qualifiers. The momentum of a new group stage is also likely to be felt in the offensive performances.
BTTS Prediction: Goals from both teams – yes
The match features two very closely matched teams in terms of offensive performances but they have also been struggling at the back over the last few weeks. Burundi have not kept a clean sheet in the last five games while Gambia have only done slightly better since the turn of the year.
Burundi vs Gambia: World Cup Qualification CAF Match Preview
Burundi are heading into the fixture with only one win from the last five matches. However, the team has enough reasons to believe that they will be able to start the group stages with a victory. The group favourites like Ivory Coast go up against Burundi only in 2025 and this gives Etienne Ndayiragije’s team with an opportunity to build momentum.
Gambia will be hoping to make the most of the recent good fortune in the African tournaments like the Africa Cup of Nations. The team surprised many by reaching the quarter-finals of the 2021 edition. Gambia are coming into the upcoming game against Burundi with coach Tom Saintfiet only missing Yankuba Minteh due to a hamstring injury.
FAQs on Burundi vs Gambia game
Where is the match scheduled?
The match will take place at the Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium.
When does this match start?
The match will begin at 13:00 GMT on November 16, 2023.
Which team is the favourite to win?
Burundi are the favourite to win the match.