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AFCON Odds, Favourites & Preview

In this post, we take a look at the AFCON odds, favourites plus everything else you need to know about the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is the 34th edition of Africa’s most prestigious international football tournament. This year’s AFCON will be hosted by the Ivory Coast with the opening game taking place on January 13th.

The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Final will be played on February 11th in the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Ebimpé, Ivory Coast.

Africa Cup of Nations Odds

African Cup of Nations Betting Odds
Team Odds Chance
Morocco 9/2 18.2%
Senegal 9/2 18.2%
Ivory Coast 13/2 15.4%
Algeria 10/1 9.1%
Egypt 11/1 8.3%
Nigeria 12/1 7.7%
Tunisia 12/1 7.7%
Cameroon 14/1 6.7%
Ghana 18/1 5.3%
Mali 20/1 4.8%
DR Congo 33/1 2.9%
Cape Verde 33/1 2.9%
South Africa 40/1 2.4%
Burkina Faso 40/1 2.4%
Guinea 66/1 1.5%
Zambia 66/1 1.5%
Tanzania 100/1 1%
Equatorial Guinea 100/1 1%

Africa Cup of Nations Favourites

Morocco – Africa Cup of Nations Favourites

World Ranking: 13th

AFCON Titles: 1

Morocco have been given odds of 9/2 to win the 2023 African Cup of Nations per the latest football betting odds at BoyleSports. Those odds suggest that the side has an 18.2% chance of success in this tournament.

Morocco’s AFCON Group Odds 

Morocco have been drawn in Group F of the 2023 African Cup of Nations. They are joined in the group by two-time winners of the event DR Congo (1968 and 1974), 2012 Champions Zambia and Tanzania who have never been beyond the Group Stage of this tournament.

Morocco are expected to make light work of their group currently priced at 2/5 to win Group F with DR Congo 9/2, Zambia 6/1 and Tanzania 11/1.

Morocco are naturally even shorter to qualify out of the group priced at 1/33 to get out of their group with DR Congo at 1/3, Zambia at 4/7 and Tanzania at 11/10.

Morocco’s Africa Cup of Nations Selected Specials

To Reach Quarter-Finals – 8/13

To Reach Semi-Finals – 13/8

To Reach The Final – 11/4

Top Goalscorer – Youssef En Nesyri – 9/1

Winner/ Top Goalscorer Double – Morocco + Youssef En Nesyri – 25/1

How Morocco Qualified For AFCON

Morocco qualified for the tournament by topping Group K with a record of 3 wins, 1 loss and 9 points from their 4 games against South Africa and Liberia.

They scored 8 goals in those matches while conceding 3 goals.

Head Coach

Walid Regraugui – They’ve been managed by Walid Regraugui since 2022 and he has already guided them to a fourth finish at the 2022 World Cup, making it the best performance by an African or Arab side to get that far in the competition. From his 18 games in charge, he has a win ratio of 50%

Players to Watch

Star Player – Achraf Hakimi

Morocco are fortunate to have arguably the best and inarguably one of the best right-backs in the world with PSG star Achraf Hakimi (25) who has already represented his nation 68 times and scored 8 goals since making his debut in 2016.

Hakimi is a right back who has every tool needed in his locker, his 8.20 Progressive Passes Per 90 is in the 99th percentile for all full backs but he is also a gifted dribbler with his 3.64 Progressive Carries Per 90 in the 93rd percentile for all full backs.

It’s not just going forward, he is also a strong defender with his 1.12 Interceptions and 1.39 Blocks per 90 in the 71st and 75th percentile respectively, all the more impressive when you consider he is usually in a dominant PSG side.

Breakout Star – Bilal El Khannous

Arguably Morocco’s brightest footballing talent at the moment, the 19-year-old creative attacking midfielder who plays his club football with Genk in Belgium has already been capped 7 times by his country and has seen him linked with European Elite like Liverpool and Man City.

Players often find big transfers on the back of tournament football. Could this man be the breakout star of the tournament?

Morocco AFCON Squad

Goalkeepers: Yassin Bono (Al Hilal), Munir El Kajoui (Al Wehda), and El Mehdi Benabid (AS FAR).

Defenders: Achraf Hakimi (PSG), Mohamed Chibi (Pyramids), Abdelkabir Abqar (Deportivo Alavés), Nayef Aguerd (West Ham), Romain Saïss (Al Shabab), Yunis Abdelhamid (Stade de Reims), Chadi Riad (Betis), Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern Munich), Yahya Attiat Allah (Wydad).

Midfielders: Selim Amallah (Valencia), Amir Richardson (Stade de Reims), Oussama El Azzouzi (Bologna FC), Sofyan Amrabat (Manchester United), Azzedine Ounahi (Olympique de Marsella), and Bilal El Khannouss (KRC Genk).

Forwards: Hakim Ziyech (Galatasaray), Ismail Saibari (PSV Eindhoven), Amine Adli (Bayer Leverkusen), Ayoub El Kaabi (Olympiakos), Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla), Tarik Tissoudali (KAA Gent), Amine Harit (Olympique de Marsella), Abde Ezzalzouli (Betis), and Sofiane Boufal (Al Rayyan).

Morocco’s AFCON Fixtures & Results

January 17 – Morocco vs Tanzania – Laurent Pokou Stadium, San-Pédro

January 21 – Morocco vs DR Congo – Laurent Pokou Stadium, San-Pédro

January 24 – Zambia vs Morocco – Laurent Pokou Stadium, San-Pédro

Senegal (Defending Champions)

World Ranking: 20th

AFCON Titles: 1

Senegal are the 2nd favourites to win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations at odds of 9/2 according to the latest football odds at BoyleSports. Those odds suggest that the side has a 18.2% chance of retaining their title.

Senegal’s African Cup of Nations Group Odds 

Senegal has been drawn in Group C of the 2023 African Cup of Nations. They are joined in the group by five-time winners of the event Cameroon (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017), 1976 runners-up Guinea and 2021 Quarter Finalists Gambia.

Senegal are 2/7 favourites to win the group following their opening group victory 3-0 over Gambia. 

Closest challengers Cameroon are priced at 13/8. Guinea are priced at 7/2 to win this following their opening 1-1 Guinea who can be gotten at 10/1 for the group. Gambia round off the betting at 50/1.

Senegal’s African Cup of Nations Selected Specials

To Reach Quarter-Finals – 8/15

To Reach Semi-Finals – 5/4

To Reach The Final – 11/4

Top Goalscorer –Sadio Mane – 8/1

Winner/ Top Goalscorer Double – Senegal + Sadio Mane – 16/1

How Senegal Qualified

Senegal qualified for the tournament by topping Group L with an unbeaten record of 4 wins, 2 draws and 14 points from their 6 games against Mozambique, Benin and Rwanda. They scored 12 goals from matches conceding only 4 goals.

Head Coach

Aliou Cissé – They’ve been managed by Aliou Cissé since 2014 and he has already guided them to an AFCON runner-up finish in 2019 before winning the competition for the first time in 2021 across his 125 games in charge he has a win ratio of 59.20%

Players to Watch

Star Player – Sadio Mane

The leading player for this Senegalese side will be no strangers to followers of European and English Football on any level, former Liverpool and Bayern Munich winger/forward Sadio Mane (31) who in 101 games for his country has 40 goals making them their record goalscorer.

He is also second on their All-Time appearances list with 101 games only 6 behind Idrissa Gueye who is also in the squad and is on 107 appearances for his national team. Mane despite piling his trade in the Saudi League now remains a World Class winger with his Expected Assists 0.37 in the 99th percentile and 7.94 Attacking Penalty Touches in the 98th percentile for all forwards.

Breakout Star – Nicolas Jackson

Senegal has one of the most finely balanced squads in the tournament with a solid mix of youth and experience sprinkled across their squad. However, the player for me to watch is Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson (22) who has only 6 caps to his name so far and 0 goals.

Jackson is a striker with ability but has found it tough to get about the goals with Chelsea so far this season. While he is likely to start on the bench, if he can get a few sub-goals early, he could break into the starting line-up.

Could this tournament give him the confidence boost he needs right now?

Senegal AFCON Squad

Goalkeepers: Edouard Mendy (Al-Ahli), Mory Diaw (Clermont), Seny Dieng (Middlesbrough)

Defenders: Youssouf Sabaly (Real Betis), Kalidou Koulibaly (Al-Hilal), Moussa Niakhate (Nottingham Forest), Abdou Diallo (Al Arabi), Formose Mendy (Lorient), Abdoulaye Ndiaye (Troyes), Abdoulaye Seck (Maccabi Haifa), Fode Ballo-Toure (Fulham), Ismail Jakobs (Monaco)

Midfielders: Lamine Camara (Metz), Pape Matar Sarr (Tottenham), Krepin Diatta (Monaco), Cheikhou Kouyate (Nottingham Forest), Pape Gueye (Marseille), Nampalys Mendy (Lens), Pathe Ciss (Rayo Vallecano), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton)

Forwards: Nicolas Jackson (Chelsea), Abdallah Sima (Rangers), Boulaye Dia (Salernitana), Sadio Mane (Al Nassr), Habib Diallo (Al-Shabab), Iliman Ndiaye (Marseille), Ismaila Sarr (Marseille)

Senegal AFCON Fixtures & Results

January 15 – Senegal 3-0 Gambia – Charles Konan Banny Stadium, Yamoussoukro

January 19 – Senegal vs Cameroon – Charles Konan Banny Stadium, Yamoussoukro

January 24 – Guinea vs Senegal – Charles Konan Banny Stadium, Yamoussoukro

Ivory Coast (Host)

World Ranking: 49th

AFCON Titles: 2

Tournament hosts Ivory Coast have been given odds of 13/2 to win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Those odds suggest that the side have a 15.4% chance of success in the tournament.

Ivory Coast’s AFCON Group Odds

Two-time winners Ivory Coast (1992 and 2015) have been drawn in Group A of the 2023 African Cup of Nations. They are joined in the group by three-time winners Nigeria (1980, 1994 and 2013), Equatorial Guinea who finished fourth in 2015 and Guinea-Bissau who have never been beyond the Group Stage.

Ivory Coast are 1/3 favourites for Group A following their 2-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau.

Nigeria following their 1-1 draw against Eqautorial Guinea can be gotten at 5/2 while the latter can be gotten at 20/1. Guinea-Bissau round off the betting at 40/1.

Ivory Coast’s African Cup of Nations Selected Specials

To Reach Quarter-Finals – 4/6

To Reach Semi-Finals – 7/4

To Reach The Final – 7/2

Top Goalscorer –Sebastien Haller – 12/1

Winner/ Top Goalscorer Double – Ivory Coast + Sebastien Haller – 25/1

How Ivory Coast Qualified

Ivory Coast qualified for the tournament as hosts along with coming runners-up in Group H with a record of 4 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat against Zambia, Comoros and Lesotho only losing out of the top by goal difference two goals worse than Zambia. They scored 9 goals in those matches conceding 5 goals.

Head Coach

Jean-Louis Gasset – They’ve been managed by Jean-Louis Gasset since May 2022 and he has earned his side a win rate of 64.29% across his 14 matches at the helm with 9 wins, 3 draws and 2 defeats.

Players to Watch

Star Player – Sebastien Haller

What a story it has been for Haller!, the former West Ham and Ajax striker was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2022 but eventually overcame it and returned to professional football in January 2023.

Now with Dortmund, he has struggled with an Ankle Injury and so from 14 games, 450 minutes he has 2 goals this season. However, if he can find his feet again in this tournament he could add considerably to his 8 goals in 21 games for his country!

Who would begrudge him that comeback story?

Breakout Star – Simon Adingra

The Brighton winger (22) only received his first call-up to his nation last March and in his 4 games since has 1 goal. For Brighton this season in 23 games he has 5 goals and 3 assists and if he could continue this form in the African Cup of Nations he will be a dangerous customer.

Simon’s a strong dribbler and provides his team with brilliant defensive contributions also.

Ivory Coast AFCON Squad

Goalkeepers: Yahia Fofana (Angers), Charles Folly (ASEC Abidjan), Badra Ali Sangare (Sekhukhune United)

Defenders: Serge Aurier (Nottingham Forest), Willy Boly (Nottingham Forest), Chester Diallo (Hajduk Split), Ousmane Diomande (Sporting Lisbon), Ghislain Konan (Al Feyha), Odilon Kossonou (Bayer Leverkusen), Evan Ndicka (AS Roma), Wilfried Singo (AS Monaco)

Midfielders: Lazare Amani (Union Saint Gilloise), Idrissa Doumbia (Al Ahli), Seko Fofana (Al Nassr), Max-Alain Gradel (Gaziantep), Franck Kessie (Al Ahli), Ibrahim Sangare (Nottingham Forest), Jean Michael Seri (Hull City)

Forwards: Simon Adingra (Brighton & Hove Albion), Jonathan Bamba (Celta Vigo), Jeremie Boga (Nice), Oumar Diakite (Stade Reims), Sebastien Haller (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Konate (Salzburg), Christian Kouame (Fiorentina), Jean-Philippe Krasso (Red Star Belgrade), Nicolas Pepe (Trabzonspor)

Ivory Coast AFCON Fixtures & Results

January 13 – Ivory Coast vs Guinea-Bissau – Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan

January 21 – Ivory Coast vs Nigeria – Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan

January 24 – Equatorial Guinea vs Ivory Coast – Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan

Algeria

World Ranking: 30th

AFCON Titles: 2

Algeria have been given odds of 10/1 to win the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. Those odds suggest that the side has a 9.1% chance of success in the tournament.

Algeria’s Africa Cup of Nations Group Odds 

Two-time winners Algeria (1990 and 2019) have been drawn in Group D of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. They are joined in the group by 2013 runner-up Burkina Faso, Mauritania who have never been beyond the Group Stage and Angolo who reached the Quarter Final in 2008 and 2010.

Algeria are currently priced at 2/5 to win Group D following their opening 1-1 draw against Angola who are priced at 10/1  to win the Group.

Burkina Faso and Mauritania who are both yet to play are priced at 3/1 and 12/1 respectively.

Algeria’s Africa Cup of Nations Selected Specials

To Reach Quarter-Finals – 2/5

To Reach Semi-Finals – 11/8

To Reach The Final – 10/3

Top Goalscorer – Youssef En Nesyri – 11/1

Winner/ Top Goalscorer Double – Algeria + Riyad Mahrez – 33/1

How Algeria Qualified

Algeria qualified for the tournament by topping Group F with a record of 5 wins, 1 draw and 16 points from their 6 games against Tanzania, Uganda and Niger. They scored 9 goals across those games conceding 2 goals.

Head Coach

Djamel Belmadi – They’ve been managed by Djamel Belmadi since 2018 and he guided them to a runner-up finish at AFCON 2019. From his 59 games in charge, he has a win ratio of 66.1%

Players to Watch

Star Player – Riyad Mahrez

The former Man City attacker is Captain of his nation and boasts an impressive 91 caps, putting him fourth on their appearance list, his 31 goals put him third on their record goalscorer list also.

When on form few footballers have his level of technical ability and his chance creation his 0.61 Assists Per 90 are in the 99th percentile for all attackers and his 5.24 shot-creating actions are in the 91st percentile.

Algeria are a team that struggles to score goals, but if Mahrez can play the way he can at the tournament, they remain major players for success.

Breakout Star – Farès Chaïbi

The Algerian squad primarily consists of players in their peak or advancing years, so it’s more difficult to pinpoint a breakout star from their squad. However, the Frankfurt midfielder/winger (21) could be the man to watch after making his debut in 2023 he already has 9 caps and 2 goals.

Watch out for his work rate. Positional awareness and his shooting technique.

Algeria AFCON Squad

Goalkeepers: Oussama Benbot (USM Alger), Anthony Mandrea (Caen), Mustafa Zeghba (Damac)

Defenders: Rayan Ait Nouri (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Youcef Atal (Nice), Zineddine Belaid (USM Alger), Ramy Bensebaini (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Guitoun (Metz), Yasser Larouci (Sheffield United), Aissa Mandi (Villarreal), Ahmed Touba (Lecce), Mohamed Tougai (Esperance)

Midfielders: Houssem Aouar (AS Roma), Ismael Bennacer (AC Milan), Nabil Bentaleb (Lille), Hicham Boudaoui (Nice), Fares Chaibi (Eintracht Frankfurt), Sofiane Feghouli (Fatih Karagümrük), Ramiz Zerrouki (Feyenoord Rotterdam)

Forwards: Mohamed Amoura (Union Saint-Gilloise), Youcef Belaili (Mouloudia Alger), Baghdad Bounedjah (Al Sadd), Amine Gouiri (Stade Rennais), Riyad Mahrez (Al Ahli), Adam Ounas (Lille), Islam Slimani (Coritiba).

Algeria AFCON Fixtures & Results

January 17 – Algeria vs Angola – Stade de la Paix, Bouaké

January 21 – Algeria vs Burkina Faso – Stade de la Paix, Bouaké

January 24 – Mauritania vs Algeria – Stade de la Paix, Bouaké

Market Drifters

Cameroon

World Ranking: 46th

AFCON Titles: 5

Cameroon have gone from odds of 12/1 to win the 2023 African Cup of Nations to 14/1. Those odds suggest that the side has an 6.7% chance of winning this tournament.

Cameroon’s African Cup of Nations Group Odds 

Five-time winners Cameroon (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002 and 2017) have been drawn into Group C of the 2023 African Cup of Nations. They are joined in the group by three-time winners Nigeria (1980, 1994 and 2013), Equatorial Guinea who finished fourth in 2015 and Guinea-Bissau who have never been beyond the Group Stage.

Cameroon are seen as the second most likely team to win Group A at 7/2 following their opening 1-1 draw against Guinea who are 10/1 to win the group

Senegal are group favourites at 2/7 after their 2-0 win over Gambia who are now not seen to stand much chance  priced at 50/1.

Cameroon’s African Cup of Nations Selected Specials

To Reach Quarter-Finals – 8/11

To Reach Semi-Finals – 15/8

To Reach The Final – 9/2

Top Goalscorer –Sebastien Haller – 12/1

Winner/ Top Goalscorer Double – Cameroon + Vincent Aboubakar -33/1

How Cameroon Qualified

Cameroon qualified for the tournament by topping Group C with a record of 2 wins and 1 draw, giving them a total of 7 points in their group with Nambia and Burundi. They scored 6 goals in those matches conceding 3 goals.

Head Coach

Rigobert Song – They’ve been managed by Rigobert Song since 2022. However, he has underwhelmed so far with a record of 7 wins, 8 draws and 8 defeats with a win rate of 30.43%. Could this tournament be the catalyst or the death of his tenure? Time will tell.

Players to Watch

Star Player – André Onana

The Man United shot-stopper hasn’t had the start to life that he would’ve wanted but remains a high-quality keeper, both with his feet and his hands. The ironic thing is when the club first signed him he had “retired” from International Duty due to a dispute over his style of play which saw him walk away from the squad during the 2022 World Cup.

However, he was recalled in August and played in September announcing his intention to play International Football again. The club, player and country, arranged that he would join the squad later than the rest of the squad so he could play more.

I’m still not sure if all is rosy still between the player and the Cameroon manager

Breakout Star – Nathan Wilfired Doualla

The teenager has yet to be capped by his country and still piles his trade in Cameroon with Victoria United one of 2 home-based talents in the squad and is set to be the youngest player in the tournament.

Whether the young, distinctive central midfielder gets minutes this tournament remains to be seen but he may get an appearance or two off the bench!

Cameroon AFCON Squad

Goalkeepers: Devis Epassy (Abha Club), Simon Ngapandouetnbu (Olympique de Marseille), Andre Onana (Manchester United), Fabrice Ondoa (Nimes)

Defenders: Malcom Bokele (Girondins Bordeaux), Jean-Charles Castelletto (Nantes), Oumar Gonzalez (Al Raed), Harold Moukoudi (AEK Athens), Tolo Nouhou (Seattle Sounders), Junior Tchamadeu (Stoke City), Enzo Tchato (Montpellier), Christopher Wooh (Stade Rennais), Darling Yongwa (Lorient)

Midfielders: Wilfried Nathan Doualla (Victoria United), Ben Elliott (Reading), Olivier Kemen (Kayserispor), Yvan Neyou (Leganes), Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (Dynamo Moscow), Olivier Ntcham (Samsunspor), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Napoli)

Forwards: Vincent Aboubakar (Besiktas), Leonel Ateba (Dynamo Douala), Frank Magri (Toulouse), Faris Pemi Moumbagna (Bodo/Glimt), Clinton Njie (Sivasspor), Georges-Kevin Nkoudou (Damac), Karl Toko Ekambi (Abha Club)

Cameroon Fixtures & Results

January 15 – Cameroon 1-1 Guinea – Charles Konan Banny Stadium, Yamoussoukro

January 19 – Senegal vs Cameroon – Charles Konan Banny Stadium, Yamoussoukro

January 23 – Gambia vs Cameroon – Stade de la Paix, Bouaké

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2023 Africa Cup of Nations Group Odds

Group A Odds

Ivory Coast – 2/5

Nigeria – 9/4

Equatorial Guinea – 16/1

Guinea-Bissau – 50/1

Group B Odds

Egypt – 4/5

Cape Verde – 5/2

Ghana – 10/3

Mozambique – 20/1

Group C Odds

Senegal – 4/5

Cameroon – 13/8

Guinea – 13/2

Gambia – 20/1

Group D Odds

Algeria – 3/10

Burkina Faso – 4/1

Mauritania – 11/1

Angola – 14/1

Group E Odds

Tunisia – 10/11

Mali – 13/8

South Africa – 5/1

Namibia – 22/1

Group F Odds

Morocco – 2/5

DR Congo – 9/2

Zambia – 6/1

Tanzania – 11/1

Africa Cup of Nations Previous Winners and Runners-Up

Previous AFCON Winners & Runners-Up
Year Winner Runner-Up
2021 Senegal Egypt
2019 Algeria Senegal
2017 Cameroon Egypt
2015 Ivory Coast Ghana
2013 Nigeria Burkina Faso
2012 Zambia Ivory Coast
2010 Egypt Ghana
2008 Egypt Cameroon
2006 Egypt Ivory Coast
2004 Tunisia Morocco
2002 Cameroon Senegal
2000 Cameroon Nigeria

Countries With The Most Africa Cup of Nations Titles

Country Wins Runner-Ups
Egypt 7 3
Cameroon 5 2
Ghana 4 5
Nigeria 3 4
Ivory Coast 2 2
Algeria 2 1
DR Congo 2 0
Zambia 1 2
Tunisia 1 2
Sudan 1 2
Senegal 1 2
Ethiopia 1 1
Morocco 1 1
South Africa 1 1
Congo 1 0

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