The African Cup of Nations is underway in Cameroon, but which nations are currently among the bookmaker’s favourites to lift the famous trophy?
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Who are the favourites to win the African Cup of Nations?
The African Cup of Nations is finally underway at the third time of asking and after a slow start things are picking up, with some shock results. Holders Algeria were among the favourites to win the tournament in Cameroon but they are now fighting for their spot in the knockout stages with just one point from their opening two matches.
The current bookmakers’ favourites with just one group stage round left are in fact Senegal, who were runners-up last time out in Egypt and who haven’t lost any of their last 13 games in normal time. Hosts Cameroon are also high up having already secured their spot in the last 16, while Nigeria and Morocco are also guaranteed participants in the next round.
Which teams are expected to put up a fight?
Even as things start to take shape it’s still quite an open field in this year’s AFCON and no fewer than seven teams are priced at 10/1 or shorter with most bookmakers. Beyond the current frontrunners Senegal and Cameroon, the shorter prices can be found on the likes of Nigeria, Morocco and Ivory Coast.
There wasn’t much noise about Nigeria going into the tournament but they have comfortably booked their place in the last 16 after two games. The Super Eagles, who have won AFCON three times, beat Egypt thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal before Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoyini and Moses Simon all starred in a 3-1 victory over Sudan.
Morocco also have a perfect record in the tournament so far, including three goals scored and none conceded in their two wins. Last winning AFCON in 1976, Morocco will be hoping the likes of Achraf Hakimi and Sofiane Boufal can take them closer to the final than 2019, when they went out at the round of 16.
Although this Ivory Coast side isn’t at the same level as the one that won the tournament in 2015 and qualified for three consecutive World Cups from 2006 to 2014, they are still among the stronger teams in the tournament. With 11 of his players aged 29 or older, boss Patrice Beaumelle is clearly hoping experience will triumph over youthful exuberance in Cameroon.
Bookmaker’s dark horses for the African Cup of Nations
Beyond these four teams, there are still several others that the bookmakers see as being in with an outside chance of lifting the trophy on February 6th.
Algeria are still fancied pretty highly even after their slow start, though they will need to beat Ivory Coast secure their spot in the last 16, something they will have wanted to avoid.
Also hoping not to be discounted from the discussion too early are Tunisia and Ghana. The Black Stars have some players that Premier League fans will recognise including Arsenal’s Thomas Partey and Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew.
AFCON Top Goalscorer odds
You can bet on many more outright markets than just the winner at this edition of the African Cup of Nations. As well as backing a team to lift the famous trophy, there are also odds available on the top goalscorer as well as the individual group winner markets to boot.
Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar is the clear favourite to win the Golden Boot at the African Cup of Nations after four goals in his opening two matches, more than 21 of the 24 TEAMS taking part in the tournament have managed. His closest rival is Mohamed Salah of Egypt, who could be backed to build on his Liverpool form if the Pharaohs go far in Cameroon.
Among the other contenders are Mali’s Ibrahima Kone, Karl Toko-Ekambi of Cameroon and Kelechi Iheanacho of Nigeria.
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