All eyes will be on Clarence Seedorf and reigning champions Cameroon, who take on one-time qualifiers Guinea-Bissau.
Cameroon are clearly expected to claim their fourth consecutive H2H win here.
Close runners-up in the qualifiers, Cameroon head into their 19th Africa Cup of Nations tournament appearance unbeaten in three matches in all competitions.
The ‘Indomitable Lions’ came through the qualifiers seeing both teams score, as well as over 2.5 goals (total) in just 16.67% of games.
Opponents Guinea-Bissau claimed two points less in qualifying, but the ‘Djurtus’ are true to their moniker and dogging it out having failed to score in just one qualifier.
Snagging a surprise first goal in the 2017 AFCON H2H meeting (to lose 2-1 FT), Guinea-Bissau may need a stroke of luck here having gone down by two goals or more in 69.23% of their 13 previous losses.
Even though those 13 losses have come in the 25 previous matches (W5, D7), don’t write off Guinea-Bissau just yet.
They beat match favourites Kenya and Zambia over four meetings in qualifying by one-goal margins and only lost by a single goal in the three all-time H2Hs with Cameroon, with the winner in each game only coming in the last 11 minutes.
Players to watch: PSG’s Maxim Choupo-Moting (CAM) scored two goals in the qualifiers and may make an appearance here after scoring first against Comoros.
Piqueti will surely make the cut here having scored in their last H2H and Guinea-Bissau’s last qualifier (both first goalscorer).