TODAY sees the start of the Africa Cup of Nations where there are loads of top stars on show and it’s a tournament that can be pretty punter friendly.
The action starts at 4pm with hosts Equatorial Guinea facing Congo at 4pm followed by Burkina Faso v Gabon. That second match at 7pm features a Burkina Faso side who have been tipped to go far – and even as possible winners by some.
Burkina Faso and Gabon are expected to qualify from a group featuring two of the lowest-ranked sides in the tournament and a draw would suit both so that’s my shout tonight at 19-10 with Paddy Power and bet365.
Ivory Coast are the 4-1 favourites at Coral followed by Algeria and Tunisia but north African nations tend to under-perform in central Africa so moving the event from Morocco will have gone against Algeria and Tunisia.
Cameroon, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Gabon and Senegal are possibly the only other countries in with any kind of chances.
I’ve not had enough time to research the tournament but if Ivory Coast can defend well and get plenty out of their star men such as Wilfried Bony, Yaya Toure, Check Tiote and Gervinho they’ll go close.
Man City new boy Bony is 6-1 with Betfred and Ladbrokes to be tournament top scorer but I’m taking an each-way chance on Schalke star Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting who is netted 10 goals this season for the Bundesliga men and 12 in 33 for his country. He is 14-1 with firms such as William Hill, bet365 and Ladbrokes.
Having looked at the groups it’s difficult to se Burkina Faso, Tunisia and Algeria not qualifing and I’m advising that as a treble.
I’ve seen plenty of tips already so feel free to add them here and I’ll put more info into this thread later including best prices.
Burkina Faso to qualify (Group A)
Tunisia to qualify (Group B)
Algeria to qualify (Grouo C)
Choupo-Moting top scorer
(14-1, Ladbrokes, bet365, William Hill)
Burkina Faso v Gabon draw (7pm)
(19-10, Paddy Power, bet365)