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African Cup of Nations Betting Tips

The African Cup Of Nations is one of the most unique footballing tournaments of the season and is always a highlight of the sporting calendar. Famed for big shocks, giant killings and breakout stars, it has become one of the must-watch tournaments in recent years. This year, Cameroon are the tournament hosts, but Egypt are outright favourites in the betting markets thanks to their talisman Mohamed Salah. Who can stop them? Find out in our AFCON betting tips.

Three Tips for the AFCON Final: Senegal Vs Egypt

Tip 1: Final Score: 1-0 - 4/1

Egypt have proven to be incredibly difficult to beat in this AFCON after being taken to extra-time on three occasions. However, Senegal are by far the best team in the competition and we believe that they'll have enough to breach the Egyptian defence in the final. Egypt have struggled to maximise the strengths of Mohamed Salah, which Senegal have managed to do with Sadio Mane.

Tip 2: Sadio Mane to Score - 11/5

Sadio Mane has been a dominant force up in attack for Senegal this year and with the consistency of the comparisons between Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, this is a fantastic opportunity for them to one-up each other. Sadio Mane a significant team player and it helps out Senegal massively with their attacking talent. We expect Mane to score and be Man of the Match on this occasion.

Tip 3: Senegal & Cameroon to win: 16/5

We've spoken about Senegal and their strength already. However, there is also a third place play-off between Burkina Faso and Cameroon. Cameroon were one of the favourites to win the tournament and should have been victorious against Egypt on Thursday night. Therefore, we're fairly confident that both Senegal and Cameroon will be victorious.

What is the African Cup of Nations

The African Cup of Nations is Africa’s version of Europe’s European Championships or South America’s Copa America. However, it gets a lot more negative publicity than those tournaments due to the tournament’s duration. The tournament takes place in January, meaning that the competition takes place during the national season and it takes a number of talented players away from their clubs for over a month. For example, Liverpool are losing Naby Keita, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for at least January, presumably longer for their attackers as both Senegal & Egypt are expected to go far.

This year’s competition was supposed to be the second rendition of the competition to be held in the Summer. However, due to the pandemic, the competition had to be pushed back until January and therefore, it has referred back to its previous format - much to the anger of European clubs.

African Cup of Nations: 10 Players to Watch

Karl Toko Ekambi - Cameroon (Group A)

Karl Toko Ekambi is a player playing at his physical peak and has finally mastered the art of scoring goals at a top-level. Despite mainly coming off the bench as a substitute for Lyon in the French Ligue 1 this season, he has 10 goals in 17 games after scoring 14 in 39 last season and just 2 in 16 the season before. Before this year, he hasn’t been relied on as Cameroon’s main goalscorer, but he has rewarded their faith with a goal against Mozambique and a match-winning goal against Ivory Coast.

Naby Keita - Guinea (Group A)

The first of three Liverpool players in this list is Guinea’s superstar, Naby Keita. Unsurprisingly, Guinea are underdogs in the tournament, and we don’t expect too much from them. However, one player who could help them defy the odds is Naby Keita, who is showing the form expected from him now at Liverpool with some fantastic performances.

Sadio Mane - Senegal (Group B)

Very little needs to be said about the credentials of Sadio Mane. While playing alongside Mohamed Salah at Liverpool, he has been a force to be reckoned with. However, the African Cup of Nations offers Mane an opportunity to shine without his Liverpool teammate and given the competitive nature of the Liverpool squad, we know that Mane and Salah will be looking to better the other; both should shine in this tournament.

Daniel Amartey - Ghana (Group C)

One of the positives of Leicester City’s pandemic hit squad is that Daniel Amartey will likely be fit to play for Ghana come January. Amartey has struggled to keep his place in the Leicester XI in recent years but the Foxes’ injury problems have given him a good run of games this campaign. Amartey is a strong player who will be an essential part of anything Ghana achieve at the African Cup of Nations as, without talisman Mohammed Kudus, they will have to be defensively strong.

Thomas Partey - Ghana (Group C)

Building on the fact that Ghana need to be defensively strong, box-to-box midfielder Thomas Partey is going to be essential to their potential success. Partey has been an unsung hero for Arsenal this season and has helped give Arsenal’s youngsters room to attack without fear. Something Ghana will need in abundance to beat the likes of Morocco, Egypt and Senegal.

Achraf Hakimi - Morocco (Group C)

Achraf Hakimi is well on his way to cementing his place as one of the best wing-backs in the world at present. The PSG wing-back has had to focus on his defensive game due to the club’s attacking talent, but his performances against Manchester City, Reims and Metz have already shown him to be worth his 60 Million euro price tag. If Morocco are going to win the tournament, they’ll need the pacy Hakimi to be at his best both offensively and defensively.

Samuel Chukwueze - Nigeria (Group D)

With talisman Victor Osimhen injured, Nigeria’s hopes of winning the AFCON have taken a significant blow. However, this does free up a place in the attack for other players. This will also likely mean that Samuel Chukwueze will be the main figure in the Nigerian attack. The skilful winger will cause havoc for any defence in the tournament.

Mohamed Salah - Egypt (Group D)

What else can be said about Mohamed Salah that hasn’t been said already? The winger is one of the best players in the world at the moment and has scored 55 goals in his last 80 games for club and country. However, for Egypt, he hasn’t been as clinical as he has been for Liverpool, but this is to be expected, we still expect the Egyptian to light up the tournament and send Egypt deep into the knockout rounds.

Riyad Mahrez - Algeria (Group E)

Similar to Sadio Mane & Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez has spent the last few years setting the Premier League alight. He was also the centrepiece of Algeria’s 2019 African Cup of Nations victory. Mahrez has eight goals in his last nine appearances for Algeria but has never scored against any of their Group E opponents; we expect that to change by February.

Franck Kessie - Ivory Coast (Group E)

When it comes to the latter stages of the tournament, Ivory Coast are going to need to rely on their midfield to help them at both ends of the pitch. They have a lot of attacking talent and some solid defensive players, but their midfield remains questionable. The player who could be the answer to their problems is AC Milan’s Franck Kessie, who is capable of being a talisman at either end of the field.

African Cup of Nations Groups & Predictions

AFCON: Group A

Nation Ranking Prediction
Cameroon 50th 1st
Burkina Faso 60th 3rd
Ethiopia 137th 4th
Cape Verde 73rd 2nd

Overview

One of the tightest groups between the top three will be Group A. Cameroon are the strongest team in the group, without a doubt, while Cape Verde’s recent form brings a brilliant opportunity for them to avoid qualifying via the 3rd place knockout and qualify automatically. They seem slightly stronger than Burkina Faso as a team, and we think they’ll finish in second place. Ethiopia are, unfortunately, the weakest team by some margin and we don’t think they’ll pick up many - if any points here and will be firmly rooted to the bottom of group A.

Cameroon to win AFCON: 9/1

AFCON: Group B

Nation Ranking Prediction
Senegal 20th 1st
Zimbabwe 121st 3rd
Guinea 81st
Malawi 129th 4th

Overview

The highest-ranked nation in the competition is Senegal and when you look at some of the big names in their squad, that doesn’t come as a surprise. They’ll have enough to blow away all three other teams in their group with ease. Guinea aren’t a particularly strong nation but they’re against Zimbabwe and Malawi, who we would argue will struggle to get out of any group, so unless we see a shock performance, neither Zimbabwe or Malawi will progress.

Senegal to win AFCON: 5/1

AFCON: Group C

Nation Ranking Prediction
Morocco 28th 1st
Ghana 52nd 2nd
Comoros 132nd 4th
Gabon 89th 3rd

Overview

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s issues at Arsenal certainly don’t bode well for Gabon as their main man has had very little match practice in recent games. Meanwhile, Morocco and Ghana’s stars have been essential to their teams. Morocco is a top nation and should top the group. Meanwhile, Ghana’s team is relatively young but should have the legs to get them through the competition despite recent inconsistencies.

Morocco to win AFCON: 14/1

Ghana to win AFCON: 11/1

AFCON: Group D

Nation Ranking Prediction
Nigeria 36th 2nd
Egypt 45th 1st
Sudan 124th 4th
Guinea-Bissau 106th 3rd

Overview

As good as the Nigerian squad is, Mohamed Salah is one of the best players in the world to date and there is a strong chance that he fires Egypt to glory this year. New Egypt manager Carlos Queiroz brings a huge reputation with him and that’s why we think Egypt will top the group. Nigeria are good but it’s rare that they actually perform against high ranked opponents. We think they’ll draw the opening game against Egypt then finish just below them on goal difference.

Egypt to win AFCON: 19/5

Nigeria to win AFCON: 7/1

AFCON: Group E

Nation Ranking Prediction
Algeria 32nd 2nd
Sierra-Leone 108th 3rd
Equatorial Guinea 114th 4th
Ivory Coast 56th 1st

Algeria’s dominance over the last two years puts them in a fantastic position going into this year’s tournament. Their top players are in-form and they can put together a very strong XI. They face tough competition in Ivory Coast who are the most likely to put together a high-scoring victory, we think that the Algeria Vs Ivory Coast fixture will end as a draw but Ivory Coast are more likely to land big wins against Guinea & Sierra Leone.

Algeria to win AFCON: 9/1

Ivory Coast to win AFCON: 5/1

AFCON: Group F

Nation Ranking Prediction
Tunisia 29th 1st
Mali 53rd 2nd
Mauritania 103rd 4th
Gambia 151st 3rd

Overview

The lowest-ranked side in the competition this year is Gambia. They’re a controversial nation that have been banned from the competition twice. However, they’re nowhere near as poor as their ranking suggests, which is why we think they will finish above Mauritania who recently ended a shocking run of form with a dramatic 2-1 win over Syria in the Arab Cup. Otherwise, Tunisia should dominate the group and although Mali aren’t as good as their ranking suggests, they should still have enough to qualify automatically over Gambia.

Tunisia to win AFCON: 20/1

African Cup of Nations: Previous Winners

Year Winner Runner-Up Result
2019 Algeria Senegal 1-0
2017 Cameroon Egypt 2-1
2015 Ivory Coast Ghana 0-0 (9-8 Pens)
2013 Nigeria Burkina Faso 1-0
2012 Zambia Ivory Coast 0-0 (8-7 Pens)
2010 Egypt Ghana 1-0
2008 Egypt Cameroon 1-0
2006 Egypt Ivory Coast 0-0 (4-2 Pens)
2004 Tunisia Morocco 2-1
2002 Cameroon Senegal 0-0 (3-2 Pens)

Since Egypt’s three tournament reign of dominance between 2006 and 2010, no nation has retained their title in the African Cup of Nations. Algeria come into this year’s competition as potential favourites after their win of the Arab Cup which wrapped up an unbeaten 2021. Algeria haven’t been beaten since 2019 when Morocco beat them 3-0 but they face tough competition in the group stage through Ivory Coast.

Major Nations that didn’t qualify for AFCON

South Africa - Many football fans will remember South Africa for iconic moments during the 2010 World Cup, which included a 2-1 victory over current champions France. However, since that day, South Africa have struggled, they failed to qualify for this tournament in a group of Ghana, Sudan and Sao Tome and Principe. They finished with 10 points but lost out after losing 2-0 to Sudan on the final day.

DR Congo - Democratic Republic of Congo suffered from their own shortcomings as they drew their opening three games of AFCON qualifying, these would be the only draws of Group D which meant that Congo would subsequently lose fewer games than Gambia and Gabon but would miss out on qualification because of their drawn games.

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2022-02-04