For the first time in a long time, fans of the Africa Cup of Nations have a tournament to savour. Moved from the middle of the European club season in February/March, the powers-that-be have decided to move the event to the summer months – a rather sensible idea. It also ensures that football fans, mourning the loss of their domestic leagues over the summer months, have a major tournament to sink their teeth into. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has also expanded the normal format of 16 teams to 24, which ensures a more elongated competition and much more intrigue as a result.
There will be six groups with each four teams in the preliminary round. The two best teams of each group and the best on third place of four groups reach the final round. After each game the losing team is discharged through the knock-out system.
The only cloud over the Africa Cup of Nations regards the host nation. Cameroon were originally chosen as host, but various concerns over their political state and the footballing infrastructure of the country led CAF to switch the event to Egypt from June 21 to July 19.
Temperatures will be around the 30°C mark in Egypt in June/July, so the players will be tested to their physical limits – something for punters to consider.
The host nation are also the favourites to lift the trophy according to the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 betting odds, and that is surely down in part to the presence of one man in their squad: Mohamad Salah. But can the Liverpool man spur his country on to victory? Let’s consider the options in our Africa Cup of Nations betting tips.
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1. Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Odds
As mentioned, Egypt lead the way as far as the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 favourites are concerned at odds of 5.00. They are closely followed by Ghana (7.00) and Senegal (8.00), while the Ivory Coast (9.00), Cameroon (11.00) and Nigeria (11.00) will also be respected.
There is a history of Northern African teams doing well when the tournament is hosted at the top of the country – more on that later – so others that catch the eye in the AFCON 2019 odds include Morocco (13.00), Algeria (15.00) and Tunisia (15.00).
2. Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Betting Tips
When you flick back through the history books of the Africa Cup of Nations, there is an interesting theme that emerges.
It refers to the editions of the tournament hosted by Northern African countries, as opposed to their counterparts in Central or Southern Africa. We find that they tend to do very well on home soil: in 2006, Egypt won the tournament the last time they were on hosting duties, while just two years earlier hosts Tunisia beat Morocco in the final. And then if you go all the way back to 1990, the last time that Algeria hosted AFCON, they too went on to lift the trophy!
So there is a clear theme here: North African teams, especially the hosts, tend to do very nicely in this competition.
And so our Africa Cup of Nations 2019 predictions can focus on this angle, starting firstly with Egypt. Mo Salah’s side underperformed at the World Cup in 2018, losing all three of their matches, and in qualifying for AFCON 2019 – remember, they were only installed as hosts late in proceedings – they finished second to Tunisia in Group J. Other than Salah, they have players familiar to English football fans: Ahmed El Mohamady, Ahmed Hegazi and Mohamed El Neny all play their club football in the country, but the feeling is that there is a general lack of quality in their squad. Don’t forget too that Salah, their talisman, comes into the tournament following a tough season for Liverpool, where he barely missed a game as the Reds fought for the league title and reached the final of the Champions League. Salah could be drained of energy come AFCON, and for that reason we are dismissing Egypt from our Africa Cup of Nations 2019 betting tips.
Tunisia lack quality also, and so we are left with our pair of AFCON predictions: Morocco and Algeria. Algeria have a high-quality squad, and the names of some of their players roll off the tongue: Mahrez, Boudebouz, Brahimi, Benzia, Slimani, Bentaleb, Feghouli…. and so on. They will enjoy playing in the north of the continent, and their quality in depth could prove very useful in what is sure to be a tough tournament. As for Morocco, they impressed at the World Cup, pushing both Spain and Portugal hard in unfamiliar conditions in Russia. Their head coach, Herve Renard, has won AFCON with two different countries already, and in Hakim Ziyech they possess a player capable of winning any match with a moment of brilliance.
So, Morocco and Algeria at 13.00 and 15.00 are our Africa Cup of Nations 2019 tips.
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