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CAN Betting Tips

AFCON Predictions

Find our free predictions on the African Cup of Nations final winner, as well as experts advice and betting tips on all of the matches of AFCON 2019 - all the information you could need for your sports betting.


AFCON 2019 Predictions

CAN 2019 Predictions

Running from June 21st to July 19th, the 32nd African Cup of Nations will this year be held in Egypt, and once again promises plenty of spectacle this summer. So who are the favourites of AFCON 2019? Which teams can create shocks during the tournament? What will be the predictions to favour? The answers are in the hands of our experts in African football.

In this tournament formula of 24 teams, the first of its kind in AFCON history, if our specialists put forward teams like Senegal, Morocco or Egypt, it will be likely that they will have their say in the summer of 2019. To familiarise yourself with the tournament, and be able to prepare your best bets, here is our presentation of this years AFCON groups, and our betting tips for the 2019 edition of this tournament.

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Novice Punters - How does AFCON 2019 work?

Egypt CAN

Initially planned to be held in Cameroon, who lost the duties of host of the competition as a result of many delays, the African Cup of Nations will be held between June and July 2019 on the green lawns of Egypt. It’s format is simple, as it is actually based on that of the European Championships, which were last held in France in the Summer of 2016.

Separated into 6 groups each consisting of 4 teams, the 24 participating nations will first try to earn their ticket for the competition’s Round of 16. To do this they must finish at the top of their group, or finish as one of the top 4 third place teams at the end of the qualifying pages. A total of 12 nations will qualify thanks to their position as one of the top 2 in their groups, and 4 other teams thanks to their status as the best of the third place group finishers at the end of this phase (16 nations in total). After this round will come the Quarter Finals, followed by the Semi’s, then the grand Final in Cairo on July 19th - not a bad programme for your predictions.

  • 6 groups of four teams (A, B, C, D, E, F)
  • 2 top placed teams of each group qualify for the Round of 16 (12 nations)
  • 4 top-ranked third place teams also qualify for Round of 16 (4 + 12 = 16 nations total)
  • 6 host stadiums (Cairo x3, Suez, Alexandria, Ismailia)

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AFCON Betting Tips

Before we being to consider this Egyptian edition of the competition, including the groups involved, know that there are some key factors that you must bear in mind when making your different predictions at the bookmakers. First of all, know that the African Cup of Nations is known to be a ‘Goal Fest’, averaging at about 2.27 goals per game over the last 5 tournaments. This average, even if it decreases across the editions (e.g. to 2.06 goals per game in 2017), would probably lead you to try bets of over 1.5 in this year’s tournament.

Next, do not underestimate bets on draws in this AFCON 2019 competition. Over the last five campaigns, 37.4% of the meetings have actually concluded in equal scores, even rising to 50% in the 2013 and 2015 editions. It is suffice to say that with odds generally being valued at around 3/1, there will certainly be some interesting potential gains possible from this type of promotions - which we strongly advise to you.

Finally, beyond keeping in mind that surprises will often be possible in the group stage, know that the current title holders often fail to perform in the following tournament - 4 of the last 5 have been eliminated in the group stages - and that the host country usually manages to break out from the group stages (three times to the quarters and once to the semis of the most recent editions). The last host country to win the tournament was… Egypt in 2006.

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AFCON 2019 Groups

Drawn in April, the groups of the African Cup of Nations promise exciting matches on the different Egyptian pages. Here they are in detail, with our predictions for each of them.

Group A - Egypt, Congo, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Salah Africa Cup of Nations

In this first group of the tournament, Mohamed Salah’s Egypt will of course be favourites to secure first place. The hosts, lead 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.

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Group B - Nigeria, Guinea, Madagascar, Burundi

Nigeria AFCON

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

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Group C - Senegal, Algeria, Kenya, Tanzania

Senegal AFCON

In the third group, Senegal are certainly the most eagerly anticipated nation by observers. 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.

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Group D - Morocco, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Namibia

South Africa AFCON

Group D is, without doubt, the group of death of AFCON 2019. 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.

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Group E - Tunisia, Mali, Mauritania, Angola

Tunisia AFCON

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 betin equally talented - particularly Moussa Larega and Diadie Samassekou - the direct qualification of both of these favourites should be predicted.

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Group F - Cameroon, Ghana, Benin, Guinea-Bissau

Ghana AFCON

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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Who are the favourites of AFCON 2019?

AFCON 2019 Favorites

With a new qualifying formula, this 32nd African Cup of Nations could be the scene of many unexpected surprises before we make it to the grand final. We should not underestimate the smaller nations - our experts will not fail to remind you of this in every AFCON prediction - however there are some nations that should be followed more carefully in the lead up to the final in Cairo. Senegal, Ghana and the Ivory Coast will surely be amongst the favourites, as well as the tournament hosts.

Whether in terms of statistics, experience, or quality of coaching - Cissé, Appiah, Kamara and Aguirre are all very experienced - all of the signs point towards high quality performances from these nations in the summer of 2019. If it is necessary to establish a prediction on the winner, it seems that Senegal are perhaps a more complete side than the others, and will without doubt be the choice of the writers - to your sports bets!

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