2019 Africa Cup of Nations Betting Odds Preview and Tips

The African Cup of Nations looks like a wide open betting heat, with the bookmakers in disagreement over which teams are the most likely to win the 2019 renewal which takes place in Egypt.

The Pharaohs are trading as short as 7/2 to win AFCON and they have a strong recent track record in this competition, including a 2-1 defeat in the 2017 AFCON final when they lost against Cameroon.

Previously to this, the Egyptians won on home soil in 2006 before further successes in 2008 and 2010. It’s clear that there will be a considerable weight of expectations on the players shoulders, although Mohamed Salah has enjoyed an excellent season with Liverpool which includes being joint-top Premier League scorer.

Salah was robbed of the chance to be 100% fit in the 2018 World Cup thanks to an injury sustained in the Champions League final, although he’s sure to be fighting fit this time around. Whether or not this team have the overall quality to win remains to be seen.

Nigeria Look a Value Bet at 10/1

The Super Eagles are currently trading at 10/1 to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations, with Nigeria having played pretty well at the 2018 World Cup and they were desperately unlucky to lose against Argentina despite dominating against La Albiceleste in the final group game.

Nigeria recently enjoyed a 1-0 win over Egypt in a friendly encounter, with Ahmed Musa now playing his club football in Saudi Arabia, while Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi and Peter Etebo among the players operating in England who can add some steel to the midfield engine room.

Ghana are another of the favourites and BetVictor are offering 8/1 that they win compared to the 5/1 available elsewhere, with the Black Stars having finished in the final four of the past five tournaments.

It’s worth noting that the Ghanaians won 2-0 away to Japan before a 2-2 draw against Iceland last summer and their squad includes the two Ayew brothers along with Kwadwo Asamoah.

Senegal Looking to Build on World Cup Appearance

If Mohamed Salah is the Egyptian talisman, then the same applies to his Liverpool teammate Sadio Mane who represents Senegal. Mane had arguably a better season in the English Premier League and is sure to tear things up in Egypt.

Paddy Power are trading as short as 4/1 about the Senegal team although it’s safe to say they have underperformed in the African Cup of Nations over the past few decades, featuring in no finals during the history of the tournament.

Their performances in the 2018 World Cup will provide some encouragement for the team, although it’s being able to deliver on a big stage and there’s no guarantee that they will get things right this time around.

Brief History

The Africa Nations Cup – or Africa Cup of Nations if you prefer – is a fantastic football competition that has been running since 1957 and has been held every two years since 1968. Sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the tournament features the best of Africa’s national football teams who make it to the finals after a three-stage qualification process, which means plenty of matches to bet on, for which we have all the latest betting odds.

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