ATP Wimbledon. Match between german player Dominik Koepfer and Diego Sebastian Schwartzman from Argentina.
In this match Schwartzman is big favourite. He is currently much better placed on atp rankings list. He is at the 24th position while german player is at the 130th position on this list.
Anyway, I don’t think Schwartzman will win here easily. He is in good shape but on the other side german player in playing very good too.
After falling apart at moments against Mali, players from Mauritania looked better (but also against a weaker opponent too) in their match agaisnt Angola that ended as a goalless game.
Needless to say, Angola was the one who had more of the ball possession but was nowhere creative as they should and had very little chances to score, if any for real.
Tunisia comes from one of the more interesting matches at this African Cup of Nations, as the team took a point in a 1:1 game against Mali.
Overall, they had more of the ball control but should be satisfied with a point also as they were trailing at some moment and looked vulnerable at times.
There is a lot of quality difference between the two. Kwon Soon is a young guy and developing to break into the top 100 rankings but Khachanov’s big hitting will be too hard to handle.
I see a lot of value at Khachanov winning in straight sets @ 2.25 but will go with the safe option here which can accommodate a set victory by Kwon Soon.
Khachanov has a lot of ability and I feel he can win the US Open someday at least. Grasscourt isn’t his best suit, but he is good enough for the first few rounds. He reached the QFs in the French Open. He played well at Halle and Stuttgart. He has been playing well at the Boodles Challenge, beating Tsitsipas.
Zimbabwe had more of the ball possession and control in their second round game against Uganda, but only managed to take a point in a 1:1 draw.
They were pretty decent in attack, however should have been a bit more sharper this time. Similar to their performance in the first round against Egypt, they again showed not to be pushovers at all.
Goalkeeper Sibanda is doubtful, while the team should continue with the same lineup, using Musona as top striker believing that his luck will change.
DR Congo once again presented themselves in a pretty fine manner in attack, but stood goalless in a 2:0 loss against Egypt in the second round.
Tunisia didn’t get all the three points they wanted against Angola in a 1:1 draw, but must be said that they didn’t deserve it anyway.
At least, not in a style they played. Not a lot of creativity was seen from their end, while the only goal came via a penalty kick in the 34th minute via Msakni, while they were quite defensive in the second part.
Maybe even too defensive, not being able to avoid tempo brought up by Angolan team towards the end when they conceded the goal too.
Mali showed a lot of different things in the attack in the first round and definitely deserved 4:1 win over Mauritania.
Plíšková will definitely win the first set (@ 1.36) and break first (@ 1.50). But I will back her to win in straight sets here. She is really feeling it here in Eastbourne and is playing outstanding tennis.
Those aces flying down from her 6′ 1” height are unreturnable and her shot placement and composure are too smooth at the moment. Alexandrova is developing into a very good player but in this tournament, this is how far it will go, she will be happy to pack her bags for Wimbledon after getting to play a Quater-Final against the World Number 3.
The first set should have a score of 6-2 or 6-3 in favour of Plíšková but the second set will be tough and competitive. Might be a 6-4 or 7-5.
Cameroon didn’t have a very easy path to the African Cup of Nations, as they were drawn in a qualifying group together with Morocco, Comoros, and Malawi.
The team had to wait till the last round to secure mathematically ticket for the final competition, but they did it in style – with a 3:0 home win over Comoros.
As for the preparations, it didn’t go as smooth as expected, since the players were having a disagreement with their football federation management.
However, it should be behind them as they try to defend the title here winning the previous competition in Gabon in 2017 which was their fifth African Cup of Nations title.
The side won over Zambia 2:1 and had a 1:1 draw against Mali in two official preparational matches this June, both on neutral ground.
I watched Ivory Coast vs Zambia, a friendly match a few days back, and boy is this team good. You can’t help but expect them to win with the calibre of players they contain.
Cornet, Zaha, Pepe, Bony, Gradel, Seri, Kessie, Kodjia, this is a problem of riches, every manager would want to have this. South Africa have an average team but could be very stubborn and not concede goals. Everyone is talking about Ndombele, watch Kessie in the midfield on matchday, he is fantastic.
The best market is AH 0.0, -0.5 @ 1.825 where you surely won’t lose half of your stake cause it’s close to impossible South Africa will win but stranger things have happened in football.
After the World Cup where Morocco exited early but left very good impression last year taking a point against Spain and being fully competitive against Portugal and Iran – they didn’t have really difficult task qualifying for the African Cup of Nations.
They were drawn together with Cameroon, Comoros, and Malawi, losing only to Cameroon away but showing quite an unconvincing face in their matches on the road too.
The squad is packed with quality for the African standards, with the team having no fresh injury worries.
Most of the players play in European top leagues, excluding veterans such as defender Benatia (Al-Duhail), midfielders Boussouga (Al-Shabab) and El Ahmadi (Al-Ittihad) and forward Amrabat (Al-Nassr). Ajax’s striker Ziyech should be now one of the biggest stars in the squad.
France needed a lot of chances created and lacked better efficiency to have a much easier game against the English team.
They even missed two penalties in the process, were playing with a man more for almost entire second halftime and finally managed to revert the scoreline into their favour in the last ten minutes of the match, deep into the additional time via an own goal.
However, truth to be told, they were better even before having a man more on the field, but real efficiency needs to be improved.