What are your predictions for the African Cup of Nations? It’s being held this winter between 13 January and 11 February 2024. The 34th African Cup of Nations promises to be a thrilling affair, with the best of African football on show. The host country, Côte d'Ivoire, will be joined by defending champions Senegal, as well as great teams from Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and Egypt. It's a great programme, and one that should make for some fascinating and hopefully winning predictions about the 2024 African Cup of Nations. Prepare to be thrilled!
The African Cup of Nations works in a simple way. It is divided into two phases, with an initial group stage followed by a second knockout phase.
The first group phase, played from 13 to 24 January 2024, sees the 24 participants divided into 6 groups of four. At the end of this group phase, the top two finishers in each group qualify for the Round of 16, as do the four best third-placed teams. For example, Cape Verde finished third in group B with a better points total than two other third-placed teams in other groups then they would qualify for the last 16.
The second knockout phase then follows a classic format, with a single round of 16, followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and finally the eagerly-awaited grand final. For this edition in Côte d'Ivoire, the Stade Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan has been chosen. All the African nations are aiming to be there on 11 February. Not that in this tournament, all the African players who play their trade overseas are able to play for their countries.
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A superb competition awaits us next January and February. On the eve of the kick-off of the competition, it seems very difficult to decide which nation will lift the trophy on 11 February 2024. Senegal, Algeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Morocco, Cameroon, Nigeria and Egypt are all in with a chance of lifting the trophy in February. In the view of our experts, although the defensive side of the team is their weak point, Nigeria are the favourites. Buoyed by Victor Osimhen and a host of quality players, José Peseiro's Super Eagles have a real chance of being successful in this year's tournament in Côte d'Ivoire, and could be the winners. There’ll be some great AFCON odds available for this exciting competition.
Below is the draw for the groups for the 2024 African Cup of Nations:
Group A of the 2024 CAF Africa Cup of Nations includes the host country, Jean-Louis Gasset's Côte d'Ivoire. The Elephants, who have won the trophy twice in their history, will be up against a major rival in the group phase: Victor Osimhen's Nigeria! These two nations, who are among the favourites for final victory, will be joined by Equatorial Guinea and Guinea Bissau. It's hard to see the two Guineas achieving anything in this group, and the latter could well settle for a battle to finish among the best third-placed teams in a bid to qualify... Nigeria and Côte d'Ivoire look to be above them.
Experts' prediction: Nigeria and Côte d'Ivoire qualify
In Group B, it is clearly Egypt, led by Liverpool’s Mo Salah who are the favourites to win this African Cup of Nations group. Just behind them, Ghana will also be favourites to qualify. Cape Verde and Mozambique are not to be underestimated, of course, but we can still see the first two nations showing themselves to be the superior ones. Although they will respect their opponents, we see them reaching the knockout stages.
Experts' prediction: Egypt and Ghana qualify
Group C of this 33rd Africa Cup of Nations is a tough one to predict. We find the last hosts and semi-finalists, Cameroon facing the winners of the 2021 edition (played in 2022), Senegal. And even though Gambia and Guinea have good teams with talented players, it's hard to see them getting in the way of the two giants of African football. Indeed, the Indomitable Lions and the Lions of Teranga should do well in this tough group and have the players and qualities needed to get past this hurdle and into the next stage of the competition.
Experts' prediction: Senegal and Cameroon qualify!
Group D of the 2024 CAF Africa Cup of Nations features the penultimate winners of the competition Algeria who had a disappointing time defending their title in Cameroon. They have learned well from their mistakes and should have no trouble getting through the group phase. Just behind them, although the battle will be fierce, Burkina Faso are widely considered to have what it takes to claim second place, ahead of Angola and Mauritania.
Experts' prediction: Algeria and Burkina Faso qualify!
The draw for the 2024 African Cup of Nations has given us a very strong Group E! Mali, South Africa and Tunisia will be battling it out to qualify. They are joined by Namibia, who are unlikely to qualify. Mali are expected to dominate the group and finish top. Just behind them, the battle will be tough between South Africa and Tunisia, but the latter has enough experience and technical quality to make the difference and clinch second place.
Experts' prediction: Mali and Tunisia qualify!
Once again, this is a very intriguing group. Morocco are the clear favourites here, and it's hard to see Walid Regragui's Atlas Lions missing out. First place seems assured. In second place, our experts favour the Democratic Republic of Congo, who have some very good players and could well make the difference against modest Tanzania and Zambia.
Experts' prediction: Morocco and Congo qualify!
Have you read the previous paragraphs? Then you know how the African Cup of Nations works, and its most important statistics. Of course, to make a good prediction that's not enough, and you need to take different factors into account before trying to predict the result of a match. Here is some advice from our football experts on how to bet on the 2024 African Cup of Nations:
If you follow these seven tips when making your predictions for the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (its official name), you'll be able to achieve consistently better results. Don't forget that, just like a Euro or a Copa America, the Africa Cup of Nations is a tough competition in which just about anyone can beat anyone. The result of a match does not depend solely on a team's reputation or record, but on a multitude of surrounding factors. Whether you're a beginner or a prognosticator, don't be fooled.
To make the best possible predictions on the 2024 African Cup of Nations matches, which will be played at the beginning of 2024, you need to know a few useful statistics. These figures will help you to place your bets with the bookmakers, especially if you are in any doubt about a match in the competition. Here, according to our football prediction experts, are the figures you need to know about the African Cup of Nations. Figures taken from the last edition played in Egypt, under the same competition format.
Among other things, you should therefore avoid predicting too many games with goals during this AFCON 2024 played in Côte d'Ivoire think about betting on draws in the group stage from time to time, and why not try the correct score or the correct score multi chance from time to time. This should help you get as many reliable predictions on the competition as possible, and therefore increase your winnings on sports betting sites. The African Cup of Nations is not one in which there is a large number of high-scoring games, well not in the past anyway.
If you have closely read this article, then you have a good chance of placing successful bets for AFCON 2024. For even more help, check out our football predictions. Our experts' advice awaits you on every competition that counts.