Free tips Football Tips: Africa Cup of Nations 2017 Betting Preview & Predictions
AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS 2017 PREDICTIONS AND BETTING TIPS
Saturday 14th January to Sunday 5th February, Gabon. Live on British Eurosport.
AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS 2017 PREDICTIONS…
AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS 2017 WINNER PREDICTION:
Ivory Coast at 4/1 with Coral
TO REACH THE SEMI-FINAL PREDICTION:
Ghana at 7/4 with Betfair
REASONS FOR AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS 2017 BETTING TIPS
The Africa Cup of Nations 2017 promises to be a hugely competitive tournament, with perhaps as many as a dozen of the 16 teams competing having a fighting chance of glory.
Group A features host nation Gabon alongside Cameroon, Burkina Faso and debutants Guinea-Bissau. Gabon will be heavily reliant on their record goalscorer and captain, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, if they are to pose a major threat in the competition. There is also quality in midfielders Mario Lemina and Didier Ndong, but Spanish coach Jose Antonio Camacho was only hired a couple of months ago and he doesn’t appear to have the most cordial of relationships with the Gabonese administration.
Even so, it looks a relatively weak group and Gabon should be one of the two qualifiers. Cameroon will probably join them in the last eight, although they have been hampered by a number of players rejecting call-ups to the squad.
Group B probably deserves the obligatory ‘Group of Death’ tag, featuring as it does Algeria, Tunisia and Senegal. Zimbabwe are the rank outsiders, but they too could prove to be awkward customers. As a consequence, backing any of these teams to hoist the trophy pre-tournament carries too much risk.
Group C consists of tournament favourites and defending champions Ivory Coast, alongside Morocco, DR Congo and Togo. Ivory Coast won the competition in Equatorial Guinea two years ago, beating Ghana 9-8 on penalties in the final after a goalless draw.
The Elephants can call upon probably the best defence in the competition but, despite a long unbeaten run, they haven’t totally convinced since the retirement of many from their Golden Generation. Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia has shown decent form though and much will be expected of Wilfried Zaha.
In what is likely to be a tournament of relatively few goals, DR Congo could be the most entertaining team at the finals, even though they will be without the injured Yannick Bolasie.
Morocco and Togo can’t be ruled out either, given that they are under the stewardship of expat coaching legends in Hervé Renard and Claude LeRoy respectively.
In Group D, Ghana have been drawn with Mali, Uganda and Egypt. Ghana go to Gabon with many of the same players who were runners-up in Equatorial Guinea two years back, but they have struggled for form of late and coach Avram Grant is under increasing pressure.
Egypt are in the finals for the first time since 2010 and are one of the continent’s form teams, having eliminated Nigeria in the qualifiers and also beaten Ghana 2-0 in their World Cup 2018 qualifier in November.
It’s an incredibly difficult tournament to call, but Ivory Coast have been there and done it before and with a favourable group draw are worth backing at 4/1 with Coral to retain their title.
Egypt will be keen to make an impression after a lengthy absence from the finals and could be worth a punt at 9/2 with Skybet to at least reach the final. Ghana are usually a safe bet to reach the last four and they can be backed to do so again at 7/4 with Betfair.
If looking for a top goalscorer tip, then Aubameyang has to be in the running at 6/1 with Ladbrokes. Kodjia is an alternative at 10/1 with BetVictor.