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Libya will face Equatorial Guinea on Monday - 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers
Libya will face Equatorial Guinea on Monday - 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

The qualifiers for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations continue next week and will see Equatorial Guinea host Libya at the Nuevo Estadio de Malabo on Monday.

Equatorial Guinea began their qualification campaign on the wrong foot, losing 4-0 away to Tunisia on Friday. They struggled to impress offensively, with Joanet Lopez's dismissal 18 minutes from time further worsening their display on the night.

Suite de la 1e journée des éliminatoires de la CAN 2023 🇨🇮 :Groupe J Tunisie 🇹🇳 4-0 Guinée E. 🇬🇶⚽ : Sliti (56'), Jaziri (77'), Msakni (80', 85')Groupe LMozambique 🇲🇿 1-1 Rwanda🇷🇼⚽ : Nishimwe 🇷🇼 (65'), S. Ratiflo 🇲🇿 (67')#TotalEnergiesAFCON2023 #AFCON2023 #AFCON2023Q

The home side will now be looking to shake off their latest result and pick up their first win on Monday as they target back-to-back appearances in the continental showpiece.

Libya, on the other hand, kick-started their qualifiers with a win as they beat Botswana 1-0. After creating better chances in the first half, they were awarded a penalty early after the restart which Sanad Al Werfalli failed to convert before Saleh Taher bundled home the rebound.

The Mediterranean Knights will now be looking to pick up two wins from two next week as they look to qualify for their first Africa Cup of Nations since 2012.

Equatorial Guinea vs Libya Head-to-Head

Monday's game will mark the fifth meeting between Equatorial Guinea and Libya. The hosts have won three of those games while the visitors have won the other.

The two nations last faced off in the qualifiers for the previous edition of the Africa Cup of Nations, with the National Thunder winning the two-legged tie 4-0 on aggregate.

Equatorial Guinea Form Guide (All Competitions): L-L-W-W-W

Libya Form Guide (All Competitions): W-L-W-W-L

Equatorial Guinea vs Libya Team News

Equatorial Guinea

The hosts will be without the services of Saul Coco, Carlos Akapo and Iban Salvador Edú, who are all injured. Esteban Orozco is out with a suspension and will also miss out.

Injured: Saul Coco, Carlos Akapo, Iban Salvador Edú

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Esteban Orozco


Muaid Ellafi is out with an injury and will not play next week while Joanet Lopez received a red card in the visitors' last game and has been suspended as a result.

Injured: Muaid Ellafi

Doubtful: None

Suspended: Joanet Lopez

Equatorial Guinea vs Libya Predicted XI

Equatorial Guinea Predicted XI (4-4-1-1): Jesús Owono; Nestor Senra, Luis Enrique Nsue, Javier Akapo, Basilio Ndong; Rubén Belima, Jannick Buyla, Federico Bikoro, Josete Miranda; Pablo Ganet; Oscar Siafa

U23 players in the current squad of Libya national team! 🇱🇾1️⃣ Moad Ellafi (GK, 22 y.o)2️⃣ Ali Belasher (GK, 22 y.o)3️⃣ Aseel Al Mugassebi (GK, 21 y.o)4️⃣ Ali Youssef (CB, 20 y.o)5️⃣ Salah Fakroun (CB, 23 y.o)6️⃣ Elmehdi Elkout (LB, 22 y.o)

Libya Predicted XI (3-4-3): Mouad Ellafi; Sanad Al Warfali, Ahmed El Trbi, Salah Fakroun; Mohammed Al Touhami, Rajab, Hamdou Elhouni, Mohammed Al Munir; Omar Al Khoja, Mohammed Sawlah, Saleh Taher

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Equatorial Guinea vs Libya Prediction

Equatorial Guinea are on a run of back-to-back losses and will be looking to end that run this week. They have won their last six games on home soil and will hope to maximize their home advantage come Monday.

Libya have won three of their last four games and will be full of confidence ahead of their game next week. However, they have struggled for results on the road of late and may have to settle for a point here.

Prediction: Equatorial Guinea 1-1 Libya

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