Running from January 9th to February 6, 2022, the delayed thirty-third Africa Cup of Nations takes place in Cameroon. There have been some changes of venue but anticipation is high for this tournament that sees the top African nations battling it out. Algeria will be out to defend the title that they won in 2019. Our experts at Wincomparator will be giving you free tips during the tournament. Let's find out more about this upcoming event.
To be able to bet well on the 2021 African Cup and understand each facet of each game before making your predictions, it is first necessary to understand the format of the event. The 2021 tournament saw the number of countries taking part in the finals, increased to 24. That proved to be a success so it's been adopted for this one too.
The 24 teams (23 qualifiers plus hosts Cameroon) were drawn into six groups of four. The top two countries in each group automatically qualify for the knock-out stages. That leaves four places up for grabs and they will be filled by the four best third-placed sides The group stages run from January 9-20. Then it's onto the knock-out rounds all the way to the final. The two countries that lose in the semi-finals will take part in a third/fourth place play-off.
The four best third placed sides were: Cape Verde, Malawi, Tunisia and Comoros.
Match B January 29 - 5pm Gambia 0 Cameroon 2
Match A January 29 - 8pm Burkina Faso 1 Tunisia 0
Match C January 30 - 4pm Egypt 2 Morocco 1 (aet - 1-1 after 90 mins)
Match D January 30 - 8pm Senegal 3 Equatorial Guinea 1
February 2 8pm - Burkina Faso 1 Senegal 3
February 3 8pm - Cameroon 0 Egypt 0 - aet - Egypt won 3-1 on penalties
February 5: 8pm - Cameroon 3 Burkina Faso 3 - Cameroon won 5-3 on penalties, they trailed 3-1 going into the 85th minute.
February 6: 8pm - Senegal 0 Egypt 0 - Senegal won 4-2 on penalties
It is important to know your statistics when placing bets on any football event. Looking back at the 2019 African Cup of Nations, there are some interesting facts to be learned. For example, the low number of goals scored. Then there's the fact that of 36 group games played in 2019, 25% of them ended in draws. There is a lot at stake here, so tight games are perhaps inevitable. Now let's look at the 2022 Group stages with some comparisons to that 2019 tournament..
Knockout stages - updated after the final
When you bet on AFCON, it's not just statistics that are important to consider. You also need to examine certain factors before making your predictions. Below are the most important to take into account before your final decison is made.
If you follow these seven tips when making your predictions about the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (its official name), then you can get better results systematically. This is a tough competition though and there will be surprises.
In a major surprise, defending champions Algeria finished bottom of their group. Also shock losers were Ghana, while 150th ranked Gambia have made the last 16. Nigeria have won all three of their games but face a tough match in the last 16 as they face Egypt. Senegal won their group without conceding a goal, but also without scoring from open play. If they can start taking their chances, then they look strong contenders.Cameroon are the hosts and playing well, so could go deep in this tournament.