AFRICAN NATIONS matches have been tough to call so far with one of the favourites Senegal already out after two defeats.

No game has been decided by more than one goal but that trend may end tonight when tournamant favourites Ivory Coast face Burkina Faso (7pm, live on Eurosport).

In their opener I tipped Didier Drogba to score first and Ivory Coast -1 so one of the bets came up as they won 1-0.

I don't see any reason to desert Drogba who is 10-3 with unibet and BetVictor to break the deadlock in Malabo.

Ivory Coast should win by more than one but I'll stick to backing them at 4-9 with the likes of bet365 and Betfred for three points. Burkina Faso gave a good account of themselves against Angola before going down to a Manucho marvel.

They are a biggest 7-1 at bet365 while the draw pays a best 16-5 at Paddy Power.

The earlier kick-off sees Sudan meet Angola (4pm, Eurosport) who are 1-1 at Ladbrokes. Manucho could be the difference between the sides and he is 11-2 (various) to hit the opener.

Sudan are 7-2 with Betfred while the draw is 9-4 at Paddy Power.

Both Italian Cup games last night produced surprises. Siena won at Chievo while Napoli kept their first clean sheet in 10 as they cruised past Inter.

Tonight it's AC Milan v Lazio (7.45pm, live on ESPN) and the Romans could be the side to back even if though don't manager to win in 90 minutes.

Milan have several injury problems, with players such as Antonio Cassano and Alexandre Pato, missing. The title is their priority so without some star men and not fully focused they could slip.

Lazio are a biggest 4-1 with Coral but backing them plus one at 1-1 with Coral could be the way to go.

The final Spanish Cup quarter-final tie should see Valencia booking a semi-final showdown against Barcelona.

Valencia head to Levante (8.30pm, live on Sky Sports) with a 4-1 lead so the home side, who have plenty of attacking talent with the likes of Soldado and Aduriz, will have to go for it from the start.

It should be an open game so take over 2.5 goals at 10-11 with William Hill and both teams to score at 8-11 with BetVictor.

In Belgian leaders Standard Liege look worth taking at 4-9 with Paddy Power and Ladbrokes to beat Mons at home (7.30pm).

Standard haven't conceded a goal at home in four Europa League games this season and only six goals have been let in during the domestic campaign.

Mons are trying to become the first visitors this season to leave with three points. Try Standard at 6-4 with Paddy Power to win to nil.


Drogba to score first

(10-3, unibet, BetVictor)

Levante v Valencia over 2.5 goals

(10-11, William Hill)

Lazio +1

(1-1, Coral)

  1. steven 12 years ago

    standard to win by 1, BTTS in the italian and spanish cups, lazio just went 1 up :D

  2. Lee boyle 12 years ago

    Got Milan , Valencia , standard and ivory coast on an acca running into tomorrow , waiting on psv and bourmouth for 80 quid

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