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AFCON 2019 Preview: Outrights, Predictions and Odds

AFCON 2019 Preview: Outrights, Predictions and Odds

2019-06-21 
| Posted in Betting Previews

AFCON 2019 PREVIEW

Who are the AFCON 2019 favourites?

This is perhaps the most intriguing AFCON lineup we have seen, with many sides featuring players at the very top of World football. This should make for a compelling competition with the top eight sides incapable of beating one another on their day.

 

Outright odds

Egypt 5.00

Salah of Egypt


The Hosts being the most successful side in the Nations Cup history perhaps boasts the tournament’s best player in talisman, Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian king has scored at an impressive rate of 0.62 goals per match for his national side. Mo Salah's 39 goals almost match the total goals scored by the rest of the squad combined (42 international goals).

 

Senegal 6.50

moussa-konate-and-sadio-mane


Senegal definitely has the strongest side boasting attackers such as Sadio Mane, Keita Balde and former AC Milan man M'baye Niang. The Atlas lions also have a very talented defence with Kalidou Koulibaly anchoring a solid backline of Salif Sané, Youssouf Sabaly and Kara Mbodji. Senegal would be seeking their first Nations Cup under Aliou Cissé.

 

Nigeria9.00

Super-Eagles-of-Nigeria


Nigeria is another strong side and went undefeated since the 2018 World Cup until they lost in a closed-door friendly to Senegal on 16th June. They are always a threat in this competition, and, with a youthful but talented squad, this year’s tournament should be no different. Samuel Chukweze would be the breakout star to watch out for in the green and white.

 

Ivory Coast – 9.50

Ivory Coast


The Ivory Coast are one team that likely have a stronger side than the odds reflect. An attack featuring Nicolas Pepe, Wilfried Zaha, and Maxwel Cornet should be too much for Namibia and South Africa in the group stage.
However, the team may struggle defensively against the continent’s better sides. Eric Baily’s absence through injury leaves Serge Aurier with the task of leading a backline inexperienced at the top level.

 

Morocco – 10.00


Group D challengers Morocco are another side who can contest for the trophy. Youssef En-Nesyri's performance this year for Leganes has been nothing short of brilliant. He will also have Ajax's playmaker Hakim Ziyech to create chances for him. Coach Hervé Renard has two AFCON wins already, one, most impressively with Zambia in 2012, so he certainly has a lot of pedigree in this competition.

 

Algeria – 13.00

Neighboring Algeria also possesses genuine quality in the form of Riyad Mahrez, Yacine Brahimi, Sofiane Feghouli and a solid overall squad.  The Desert Foxes who only won the tournament in 1990 would be seeking to conquer Africa a second time in Egypt.

Ignoring home advantage Senegal are the pick of the sides but much will depend upon how effective Mane can be for the Atlas Lions. If a team can neutralize him in the knockout stages then the favourites will be in trouble. In contrast, it is difficult to see many teams capable of doing this to Senegal’s multifaceted attack.

 

AFCON Outsiders to watch

Guinea – 22.00


Surprisingly it is Guinea who can boast what could be the tournaments best midfield pairing. Amadou Diawara, and, especially, Naby Keita, are high-class performers who can get the most from the dangerous Francois Kamano on the break. Keita is particularly crucial to the team, so how he recovers from his injury problems ahead of the tournament will be pivotal to their success.

A kind group draw, with minnows Madagascar and Burundi, could mean the Liverpool midfielder’s unique talents are not needed until the knockout stages, so he could be available for their pivotal matches.

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Goals

There also promises to be an average of 2 goals per match, so you can confidently bet on all events to feature over 1.5 goals.

AFCON tournament - Goals per game
2017 - 2.06
2015 - 2.13
2013 - 2.16
2012 - 2.38
2010 - 2.45

You can also back you favorite player to be the tournament’s top goalscorer.

 

Group Qualification

Given the tournament format, with the four best third-place teams qualifying alongside the group winners and runners-up, the strongest sides shouldn’t be too stretched until the knockout stages arrive. Expect the draw to play a part in which of the outsiders can progress, and bear in mind the implications of group standings ahead of the final group stage fixtures.

How about staking on which country wins each group?

Group A
In this first group of the tournament, Mohamed Salah’s Egypt will, of course, be favourites to secure first place. The hosts, led by Javier Aguirre, seem to be superior to their opponents - Zimbabwe having never passed the first round, and Uganda clearly struggling to perform in recent years. Lead by a Bakambu-Bolaise duo, Congo should take second place and qualify directly.

Group B
In the second group of AFCON 2019, Madagascar and Burundi will make their debut with their first participation. However, these two sides should have difficulty competing against the tournament giants, Nigeria and Guinea. With notable players like Kamano, Yattara and Keita on one side, and Iwobi, Musa and Ndidi on the other, Guinea and the Super Eagles will be clear favourites and should qualify directly for the knockout phases of the competition.

Group C
In the third group, Senegal are definitely the most eagerly anticipated nation by punters and spectators. With plenty of talent on their side - Sadio Mané, Sarr, Gueye, Kouyaté, Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy are all included in the squad - this side coached by Aliou Cissé look great and could well be crowned champions of Africa at the end of the competition. While Kenya and Tanzania have never made it past the first round, Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez should easily take the second qualifying place - barring any catastrophes.

Group D
Without a doubt, Group D is the group of death. Having never made it past the group stages (1998 and 2008), Namibia will have a hard time competing against the heavyweights of the group this summer. To qualify, Morocco under Hervé Renard - who won the tournament in 2012 and 2015 - will be favourites, along with Nicolas Pépé’s Ivory Coast. The Elephants will, however, be wary of South Africa with Lebo Mothiba, who is certainly capable of finding the back of the net. If it is necessary to predict one of the best third-place finishers to qualify for the Quarter Finals, this is certainly the group to look to.

Group E
The penultimate group of this competition, Group E promises complicated encounters for both Mauritiana and Angola. While the former will compete in the first AFCON in their history, on paper the latter seem to be less talented than their rivals Mali and Tunisia. With high-quality players included in Carthage Eagles’ side (Msakni, Sliti, Khaoui, Ben Youssef…), and the Malian Eagles boasting equally talented players - particularly Moussa Larega and Diadie Samassekou - the direct qualification of both of these favourites should be predicted.

Group F
Finally, as is the case in Group D, this final group of the competition is set to be one of the toughest of the 2019 tournament. Between the defending champions Cameroon, a high-quality Ghana side (including Ayew, Gyan, Waris, Partey, Acquah, Asamoah, Mensah, etc…), the strong men on Guinea-Bissau (Jorginho, Pele, Frederic Menic) and Benin, who are never easy to beat, these matches will be highly competitive, and likely to throw up some surprises. Before the start of the tournament, our experts advise the first-place finish of the Black Stars, ahead of Clarence Seedorf’s Cameroon.

 

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