Sunday, January 10, 2010
Cardiff had plenty of chances to seal the win yesterday and could, perhaps should, have been two or three up inside the first 30 minutes of play, having said that, in the end they were perhaps fortune to hold on for a draw. I think perhaps I have underestimated Blackpool this season and maybe need to take another look at them in the next week or two.
The situation regarding Togo's participation in the African Cup of Nations has still not been fully resolved, but the competition gets underway today, with hosts Angola facing Mali. Obviously the tournament is under a very big cloud and needs a boost, with the attention, as much as possible, back on the footballing side of things.
The days of international competitions almost always starting with a series of low scoring encounters seem to have passed ( thank goodness) and the last five opening ACN games have all produced two or more goals, the last three of which ended "over" and nine of the ten teams scoring. We really need some entertainment tonight and whilst neither will want to lose, I expect this game to be fairly open and follow in the recent trend of more and more goals in the competition in general, with the last running in Ghana seeing an average of 3.09 goals per game and just two scoreless draws (one when the result ensured group progression for both) and 25 of 32 matches containing two or more goals.
These two teams have recorded some low scoring friendly results recently, but I take little notice of those and they both have most of their strength going forward, with the respective strike forces containing most of the class on the pitch. I expect both to score, but feel with the goal line set at two, that is the better option for an interest in the game.
6.5 points Angola- Mali over 2 goals 1.88 asian line..... bigger in places as I type.