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.

Recommended Bet

Burkina Faso to qualify (Group A)
Tunisia to qualify (Group B)
Algeria to qualify (Grouo C)
(5-2, bet365)

Choupo-Moting top scorer
(14-1, Ladbrokes, bet365, William Hill)

Burkina Faso v Gabon draw (7pm)
(19-10, Paddy Power, bet365)

  1. johnb 6 years ago

    Posted these a couple of days ago

    Dont know if any of these have been mentioned yet but 3 tips here for the Africa Cup of Nations
    2 of these tips are the same as the 2013 tournament where i got a return on both
    also my NAP for the tournament is 40/1


    to win tournament
    BURKINA FASO 20/1 e/w Bet365 Paddy Power

    GABON 25/1 e/w Paddy Power Boylesports

    My 40/1 tournament NAP

    Top Goalscorer
    JONATHAN PITROIPA 40/1 e/w NAP Bet365

    Bet365 go 4 places at 1/4 odds, now that must be massive for a player who scored 5 goals in 6 qualifying games when his team scored a total 8 goals
    he got player of the tournament in 2013 & scored 2 goals & i can see him atleast doubling that this time in what is an easy group for Burkina Faso & Gabon because i see EQUATORIAL GUINEA & CONGO as the tournaments weakest teams


  2. Alves 6 years ago

    John I’m on at 40/1 but not EW and he’s been cut to 20/1 now, also on 3/1 anytime tonight

  3. johnb 6 years ago

    Pitroipa now best odds 25/1 betvictor
    only bet365 & betvictor pay out for top 4
    Other bookies only top 3

  4. johnb 6 years ago

    Alves tonight will be their hardest group game so wouldnt be too upset if he didnt score as i would be hoping for 3 goals in his next two games

  5. johnb 6 years ago

    Alves even in this game i think 3/1 anytime is massive odds for a player of his class

  6. Jamie 6 years ago

    Du reckon there will be alot of goals in the Africa cup? I’m hoping for btts

  7. Danny T 6 years ago

    Burkina Faso bossing the early exchanges

  8. Danny T 6 years ago

    I’ll shut up lol

  9. Alves 6 years ago

    Pitroipa looking dangerous and could’ve had a couple already and I’ve only been watching it 5 minutes, should defo get a run for our ££ :)

  10. johnb 6 years ago

    Alves he should have scored in first half

  11. Danny T 6 years ago

    Could have had a hatrick so fingers crossed he can grab a few in this tournement he looks good . I have taken it when you mentioned it John. If btts goes evens in this game it has to have a chance

  12. Danny T 6 years ago

    Btts 11/10 boylesports

  13. johnb 6 years ago

    Danny T i said before this game that i wouldnt be too upset if he didnt score tonight as i think he could get 3 against Guinea & Congo but after that first half i will be disapointed if he doesnt score tonight

  14. Danny T 6 years ago

    How Burkina Faso didn’t score I will never know

  15. top tip terry 6 years ago

    ive had a £6 punt on cameroon at 9/1..they qualified well and were unbeaten and slaughtered ivory coast4-1 on the way..Too hard to pick thats why stakes are not Silly. Might have a single on Algeria tonight against south africa.

  16. Daz1874 6 years ago

    Not been impressed by Algeria so far. Need to step it up a notch if they plan to win this game

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