The African Cup of Nation (Afcon) is the premier football competition for all the football nations in the continent. All of the 53 countries in Africa bring the best of their exports back home to represent their nation’s colours. All the players that you typically see on your television screens every day plying their trade in Europe’s best leagues come home to play for their country. Players like Arsenal’s Aubameyang and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane represent Gabon and Cameroon respectively in the biannual tournament. Read our Afcon betting guide to find out more about the teams that qualified for this year’s competition. There are Afcon betting odds, predictions and tips from our expert gamblers.
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2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualification Predictions
Seeing as how there cannot be a competition made up of 53 countries, they all go through a qualification process to select the best 32 sides in the continent. Afcon qualifiers take place during the FIFA international match calendar and all the points are tallied to rank the teams in the world. Find a full Afcon fixture and log standing to see which teams are going to qualify for the competition. The host nation and the previous winners of the tournament qualify automatically for the contest. They are probably the two teams that are pegged as favourites in the competition.
Africa Cup of Nations Odds
The Cameroon national team are the defending champions of the competition and have won the competition three times in the last two decades. Egypt is the most successful nation in the Africa Cup of Nations winning the tournament seven times and boast of the current best player in African football Mo Salah. His Liverpool teammate, Sadio Mane will also be in the vying to help his Senegal team triumph at the football showpiece. These are the two teams that oddsmakers peg as favourites for the upcoming tournament.
Predictions for African Cup of Nation
It is important to note that a lot goes into picking a side to win the African Cup of Nations. Players need to check for the availability of their stars and the form of the team. In the past, there have been disputes between the national teams of African countries and the European teams over the release of players to play the tournament. This led to the change in date from being hosted From January until February to June until July. This coincides with the close of seasons in the European leagues. Africa CAF predictions for 2019 are in favour of players that have shown form in their domestic club competitions, along with proving difficult to beat in the qualifies. History in competition plays a huge role, with the teams that have won the tournament likely to progress to the knockout rounds.
Africa Cup of Nations Past Winners
The Cup of Nations has seen some countries dominate the tournament, with serial winners Egypt and the Cameroon national teams coming into mind. Here’s a list of the tournament’s recent winners.
|Year||Afcon Winners||Runners-Up||Host Nation(s)|
|2000||Cameroon||Nigeria||Ghana & Nigeria|
|2012||Zambia||Ivory Coast||Gabon & Equatorial Guinea|
|2013||Nigeria||Burkina Faso||South Africa|
|2015||Ivory Coast||Ghana||Equatorial Guinea|