AFCON Betting Tips

This AFCON betting odds and tips page provides you with the key information surrounding the 2021/2022 tournament.

The Africa Cup of Nations this year has the potential to be the best yet. Cameroon are hosting the event and a 2-1 victory in the opening match of the tournament has raised the spirit of the nation.

There’s some real quality on display here, with the likes of Salah, Mane, Mahrez, Mendy, Zaha, Koulibaly and Kessie showcasing the very best of African football.

Defending champions, Algeria will be looking to defend their title valiantly. That may be tricky from the off, as they have been drawn in the same group as the 2015 winners – Ivory Coast.

The tournament is certainly poised to be an exciting rollercoaster ride for all those involved and those looking to watch and follow as it progresses to the final.

When Is the Africa Cup of Nations?

The tournament kicks off on January 9th 2022, with the final taking place on February 6th 2022.  There’s a packed schedule in between, with 52 matches being played in total.

How to watch the Africa Cup of Nations

Matches being played are scheduled for UK friendly times of either 1pm, 4pm or 7pm and there are a number of ways to watch them.

Sky Sports subscribers will be pleased to hear that all 52 matches of the AFCON will be broadcast live on Sky Sports PL (402) and Sky Sports Football (403).

The BBC have also gained the rights to broadcast ten matches, which include two quarter finals, both semi finals and the final.

Bet365 also have the rights in the UK to live stream ALL AFCON matches directly from the bet365 app, making it the perfect choice to those looking to browse the in-play markets at the same time.

AFCON betting and live streaming with bet365

As the bet365 video player can also be made full screen here, making it a viable option to anyone who is out and about.

AFCON 2021 betting odds

24 teams start off in the tournament, split in to six groups of four. Here is how the groups have been drawn. Alongside each team, outright odds can be found on the respective team winning the tournament.

Group A

  • Cameroon 🇨🇲  7/1*
  • Cape Verde 🇨🇻  50/1*
  • Burkina Faso 🇧🇫  66/1*
  • Ethiopia 🇪🇹  250/1*

Group B

  • Senegal 🇸🇳  4/1*
  • Zimbabwe 🇿🇼  100/1*
  • Guinea 🇬🇳  40/1*
  • Malawi 🇲🇼  250/1*

Group C

  • Morocco 🇲🇦  10/1*
  • Ghana 🇬🇭  16/1*
  • Comoros 🇰🇲  300/1*
  • Gabon 🇬🇦  50/1*

Group D

  • Nigeria 🇳🇬  10/1*
  • Egypt 🇪🇬  8/1*
  • Sudan 🇸🇩  300/1*
  • Guinea-Bissau 🇬🇼  200/1*

Group E

  • Algeria 🇩🇿  9/2*
  • Sierra Leone 🇸🇱  400/1*
  • Equatorial Guinea 🇬🇶  400/1*
  • Ivory Coast 🇨🇮  8/1*

Group F

  • Tunisia 🇹🇳  20/1*
  • Malawi 🇲🇼  250/1*
  • Mauritania 🇲🇷  250/1*
  • Gambia 🇬🇲  100/1*

Odds captured at 12pm on 10/01/22 and are subject to change at any time.

AFCON betting tips

Outright tournament winner

The quality of football within Africa has certainly come on leaps and bounds throughout the 21st century. However that improvement has only really come from the historic familiar names of the continent.

While teams like Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Algeria, Morocco and Algeria have developed, the lesser known countries are lagging behind by some way. That is why there is such disparity in the outright betting odds.

Anything with a price tag next to it of 100/1 upwards can be discounted straight away, in my opinion. Betting on these countries, even with small stakes, is just chucking money down the drain for me.

Cameroon have the whole nation behind them and hosts, even when they do not have the best of teams, tend to do rather well in their own stadiums in major international tournaments. Therefore, Cameroon at 7/1 seems a logical option in the early stages.

Defending champions Algeria have announced a very strong attacking squad, which includes Feghouli, Mahrez, Benrahma and Slimani. There’s plenty of flare and speed there, but maybe lacking the strength and power of teams such as Ghana and Senegal. However, as Algeria were able to defeat Senegal in the 2019 final, speed and timing may well supersede brute force once more.

Covering a selection of the short prices is the way to go for me and the ones I am covering, looking to bring back a small return are:

  1. Cameroon 🇨🇲  7/1*
  2. Algeria 🇩🇿  9/2*
  3. Senegal 🇸🇳  4/1*
  4. Ivory Coast 🇨🇮  8/1*

AFCON 2021 Individual Match Betting Tips

The biggest tip I can give here is to wait for teams to be announced before placing any bets on the individual matches. With Covid playing havoc with team selections, early betting has become very risky indeed.

This is especially true as teams have been instructed they have to play if they have eleven players available, regardless of position. This could mean that teams end up playing without a registered goalkeeper playing, for example.

Waiting for the team sheets will provide a much clearer picture and should hopefully lead to more accurate bets being placed.

Top goalscorer betting odds

The usual suspects head up favourites list in the top goalscorer markets. However it is Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar who heads up the lost after two calm and collected penalties were converted against Burkina Faso.

Here’s the current favourites in this market.

  • Vincent Aboubakar 🇨🇲  7/2*
  • Mohammed Salah 🇪🇬  9/2*
  • Sadio Mane 🇸🇳  9/1*
  • Riyad Mahrez 🇩🇿  10/1*
  • Sebastien Haller 🇨🇮  10/1*
  • Islam Slimani 🇩🇿  14/1*
  • Kelechi Iheanacho 🇳🇬  16/1*
  • Andre Ayew 🇬🇭  25/1*
  • Baghdad Bounedjah 🇩🇿  25/1*
  • Odion Jude Ighalo 🇳🇬  25/1*

This market is always a difficult one to predict at the start of a tournament. Momentum is key here so anyone hitting the ground running in their first couple of games always sticks out, for me.

There’s not much value here for Salah, in my opinion. Although his ability is unquestionably world class, the players around him have little experience outside Africa and Saudi Arabia.

That may well see Salah not getting the service he is used to and being left to rely on penalties to get his tally up. There’s much better value in the selections of Mane, Mahrez and Haller, in my opinion.