Africa Cup of Nations Betting Tips: First Round Value Plays

Martin Green

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:15 AM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2019 8:15 AM UTC

The Africa Cup of Nations begins in Egypt this week and a core of talented teams should be able to dominate their unheralded opponents.
<div><h2>Egypt v Zimbabwe</h2><p><strong>Friday, June 21, at Cairo International Stadium</strong></p><p>The hosts are known as the pass-the-ball-to-Mohamed-Salah team due to their reliance on the Liverpool forward. That is understandable, as he has been in devastating form for the Reds over the past couple of years and he just led them to Champions League glory. Elsewhere, there is not a huge amount of quality in this team, but they are the favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations as it is being held in Egypt and they should benefit from strong support. They went to the final at the last tournament, where they lost to Cameroon, and they will be desperate to go one better this time around. It is a long time since Zimbabwe won a game and they should not trouble Salah and co unduly in this game.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Betfair"><em><strong>Tip: Salah to score at any time at 10/11 (1.91) with Betfair, or Egypt to win half-time/full-time at 10/11 (1.91)</strong></em></a></p><h2>Nigeria v Burundi</h2><p><strong>Saturday, June 22, at Alexandria Stadium</strong></p><p>Burundi are ranked in below the tiny Caribbean nation of St Kitts &amp; Nevis in the FIFA world rankings, so they are not exactly a footballing powerhouse. Nigeria are not as strong as they once were, but they still possess a smattering of talent, including Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi and Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, while Odion Ighalo is a decent striker. They are unlikely to win the tournament, but they should have more than enough quality to beat a team like Burundi.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Betway"><em><strong>Tip: Nigeria and under 3.5 goals at 31/40 (1.78) with Betway</strong></em></a></p><h2>Senegal v Tanzania</h2><p><strong>Sunday, June 23, at 30 June Stadium</strong></p><p>Senegal boast arguably the strongest team in the tournament, anchored by Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and Schalke’s Salif Sané. Idrissa Gana Gueye of Everton does a very effective job of screening the defence and West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate provides further athleticism. Up front, Liverpool’s Sadio Mané is a devastating blend of pace, movement and finishing ability, while Inter’s Keita Baldé offers another intriguing option. They look like a good bet to win the tournament at 7/1, and they should be able to blow Tanzania away in this game.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=acd6b93a-905e-45af-90ef-7eb1df661829&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Coral"><em><strong>Tip: Senegal to win to nil at 20/23 (1.87) with Coral</strong></em></a></p><h2>Morocco v Namibia</h2><p><strong>Sunday, June 23, at Al-Salam Stadium</strong></p><p>Morocco are another big team on this continent and they should have enough quality to see off the limited threat posed by Namibia. Former Juventus stalwart Medhi Benatia and Wolves’ Roman Saiss are strong in defence, and Morocco boast plenty of quality going forwards. The star man is Hakim Ziyech, who dazzled during Ajax’s run to the Champions League semi-finals last season, but Sofiane Boufal and Younès Belhanda can also be a handful. Nambia lost twice to Guinea in their last two games and they will not harbour much hope of success in a tricky Group D at the Africa Cup of Nations.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365"><em><strong>Tip: Morocco -1 Asian handicap at 3/4 (1.75) with Bet365</strong></em></a></p><h2>Algeria v Kenya</h2><p><strong>Sunday, June 23, at 30 June Stadium</strong></p><p>Man City’s Riyad Mahrez is the main danger man for Algeria, who should be too hot for Kenya to handle in this one. There are several teams – Senegal, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Ivory Coast and perhaps Nigeria – that look streets ahead of the rest of the sides competing in this tournament, and you would expect some one-sided games. Apart from Victor Wanyama, Kenya have no established players of note, whereas Algerian stars play at decent teams across Europe, including Yacine Brahimi at Porto, former Leicester striker Islam Slimani at Fenerbahce and Sofiane Feghouli at Galatasaray.</p><p><a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365"><em><strong>Tip: Algeria -1 Asian handicap at 3/4 (1.75) with Bet365</strong></em></a></p></div>
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