AFCON 2022 Betting Tips and Predictions
The African Cup of Nations 2021 is almost, finally upon us in the Year of 2022 after two postponements and we’re excited for a month of mouth-watering international action from Cameroon with a wide open field in what should be an excellent tournament – now that it’s finally going ahead.
The tournament was originally set to take place in June and July of 2021, so as not to clash with the major European leagues where many players ply their trade, but due to unfavourable climate during this time of year, the tournament was brought forward and set to take place from January to February in 2021.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this proved an impossibility and the tournament was pushed back another year. Much like Euro 2020 retaining it’s name despite being played in 2021, the 2021 African Cup of Nations will remain known as such for sponsorship reasons despite being played in 2022.
Our Latest Africa Cup of Nations Tips
To find our latest tips on the upcoming matches, simply scroll to the top of this page where we will produce a tip on each and every match in the tournament.
It’s a fairly open field in Cameroon this time around, with several teams considered to be in the running to lift the famous trophy. The current favourites on the eve of the tournament are a Senegal outfit that finished as runners-up in the last event back in 2019 and will be led by Liverpool star Sadio Mane although he will be aided by a solid defensive base including the likes of Edouard Mendy (Chelsea) and Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli).
Fresh off the back of their 2021 Arab Cup win, Algeria can enter this competition in high spirits and they even racked up the goals in a pre-tournament win over a fancied Ghana outfit to display their credentials earlier this week. The Fennec Foxes are the reigning AFCON champions and they have plenty of firepower in their squad. The front three of Islam Slimani, Baghdad Bounedjah and captain Riyad Mahrez have racked up no fewer than 86 international goals between them.
Egypt should not be written off either when considering the favourites for this tournament. Not only do the Pharaohs have an excellent record in this competition as the most successful nation in it’s history with seven trophy wins, they also possess arguably the best player in the world right now in the shape of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. If he can carry his Premier League form into the AFCON, then he is more than capable of inspiring his country to glory here.
Among the other contenders are a vastly experienced Ivory Coast team and the hosts Cameroon. Morocco, who haven’t lifted the trophy since 1976, will also see this year’s edition as a chance to potentially end their drought, while Ghana will be hoping some of their young stars such as 17 year old forward Abdul Fatawu Issahuku and Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus can usher in a new era alongside the more experienced members of their squad.
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Our AFCON 2022 Predictions
In terms of a winner tip, we’re going with the odds and backing the slight favourites Senegal to lift the trophy. Under Aliou Cisse, the Lions of Teranga have continued to progress seemingly every year and having never lifted this trophy before, the hunger will be there to lift the trophy in February in Yaounde.
In Sadio Mane they have one of the best attackers in the tournament, but while Egypt can boast Mohamed Salah and Algeria will look to skipper Riyad Mahrez in attack, Senegal’s defence stands out above their main competitors. Edouard Mendy has established himself as a world class goalkeeper in his time at Chelsea and the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly in defence will be well-screened by Idrissa Gueye and Cheikhou Kouyate in midfield.
Find the latest AFCON 2021 winner odds here:
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We’ve also picked out our winner of every Group and you can find our tips for each group below, alongside the odds from Sky Bet.
In Group A we’re going for the hosts Cameroon, with tournament favourites Senegal the shortest price of any team to win their group at 2/7 in Group B. We fancy Ghana to upset Morocco in Group C, favourites Egypt and Algeria to top Groups D and E respectively and Mali to pip an over-rated Tunisia outfit in Group F.
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What are the best AFCON 2022 Betting Markets
As with any international tournament, you have the opportunity to bet on a huge range of markets and in a manner that’s perhaps slightly different to how you would place your domestic and European football bets. Here’s some of the markets we’ll be utilising during the AFCON 2022.
Hear us out here. Both teams to score is traditionally not the best bet to place blindly on an Africa Cup of Nations game. Over the years, these tournaments have been low-scoring, particularly in the group stages – but that does mean much higher odds than you’ll find on both teams to score in other competitions.
With that in mind, in a tournament where teams have had less time to prepare than usual, defensive organisation might not be what it has been in the past. What’s more, there are more talented attackers on show at AFCON than there has been for several editions of the competition, so maybe this is the year we start to see higher-scoring games.
Don’t believe us and expect the tournament to remain low-scoring? Then the Under bets are for you, where you can place wagers on matches to include under a certain amount of goals. There won’t always be too much value on the tradition Under 2.5 bets, so how about switching it up to Under 1.5 for those particularly tight, defensive fixtures?
Alternatively, if you are backing more goals this time around like ourselves, there will be definitely be some long-odds Overs shots and with games being played every day in the opening weeks of the tournament there is cope for some long-odds accumulators here too.
Taking our group winner tips above into account you can create an accumulator on which teams you expect to qualify from the group, but in the latter stages you can also bet on a team to qualify from a knock-out tie rather than win the game in 90 minutes.
This gives you an extra layer of safety as your bet will continue to ride into extra-time and even penalties with less pressure on the result to be settled within the normal ninety minutes.
To win the tournament or to win the game, take your pick. Early favourites to pick up the trophy and win the tournament outright include the likes of Senegal, Egypt and current reigning champions Algeria, who are all available at a decent price to lift the trophy this time around.
You can of course also back these and all other teams to win their individual matches and as above with the Under/Over goals bets, you can combine a few different bets on markets like the Win-Draw-Win to create a multiple bet and increase your potential returns.
To Reach the Final
Much like how the ‘To Qualify’ market offers you the opportunity to place a slightly more secure bet than a 90 minute result bet, the ‘reach the final’ market means you can bet on a team to simply get to the final two stage rather than lift the trophy.
This might be particularly handy if you’re backing a team on a certain side of the draw which you may see as favourable, but you don’t expect them to have quite what it takes to go all the way.
What teams are competing in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations?
There are all the familiar names you come to expect at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, including the competitions’ most successful team of all-time Egypt, the reigning champions Algeria and the hosts Cameroon.
Former winners DR Congo were among the teams that did fail to qualify but there are two debutants to the finals too with proud moments incoming for both Gambia and Comoros who will be appearing for the first time in their history.
Check out all the teams that are set to compete in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations below.
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History of the Africa Cup of Nations
The Africa Cup of Nations has grown from a three-team tournament between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia in 1957, to the 24 team festival of football we will experience in Cameroon over January and February.
Now, there is qualifying sections allowing every eligible nation on the continent to compete for the chance to reach the finals, which originally expanded to 16 teams before extending again to 24 back in 2017.
The first ever winners of the tournament were Egypt and they’ve made a tradition of lifting the trophy over the years, winning the competition more than any other team with a total of seven victories.
Since winning three consecutive tournaments between 2006 and 2010, the Pharaohs haven’t been able to add an eighth trophy to the cabinet with Zambia, Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Algeria winning the last four editions.
Africa Cup of Nations FAQ
Where is the 2022 AFCON being held?
This version of the competition is being held in Cameroon, which is ideal for viewers in the UK as there is only a one hour time different between the two nations. Kick-offs are staggered to 2pm, 5pm and 8pm local time, with those games taking place at 1pm, 3pm and 7pm GMT.
The five host cities will be Douala, Garoua, Bafoussam, Limbe and Yaounde, with two venues in use in the capital as Cameroon hosts the tournament for the first time since 1972, when only eight teams competed.
Who is the current holder of the Africa Cup of Nations Trophy?
The current holders of the African Cup of Nations are Algeria, who won the tournament two years ago at the Cairo International Stadium by beating Senegal, who have yet to lift the trophy in their history.
Baghdad Bounedjah’s strike in only the second minute was enough to secure victory in the final after the Fennec Foxes had beaten the Lions of Teranga once already in the group stages before knocking out Guinea, Ivory Coast and Nigeria on their way to the final.
When does the AFCON 2022 take place?
The 2022 edition of the tournament was originally scheduled to take place in 2021 and as such, will be referred to as AFCON 2021 still for sponsorship purposes, but the tournament actually will take place in 2022.
The opening game of the tournament between hosts Cameroon and Burkina Faso will take place at 5pm local time on Sunday January 9th with the final scheduled for 8pm on Sunday February 6th at the Olembe Stadium in Yaounde.