Africa Cup of Nations Predictions

The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON/ACN/CAN) is the premier national men’s football competition organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Under the current sponsorship deal, it is referred to as the Total Africa Cup of Nations. The first tournament was held in 1957 while the next edition is in January 2022.

AFCON is contested every two years by African countries that are members of CAF. They go through a qualification format to determine the teams that will play in the tournament. The tournament is now played by 24 teams since the 2019 edition. Previously, it had been contested by 16 teams since the 1998 edition.

The current defending champions are Algeria who won the 2019 edition after beating Senegal 1-0 in the final. Nigeria beat Tunisia 1-0 in the 3rd-place playoffs. The prize money awarded to the 2019 winners was $4.5 million.

The most successful team in African Cup of Nations history is Egypt with 7 titles. They are followed by Cameroon with 5 titles, Ghana 4 titles, and Nigeria 3 titles. In total, North African countries have won the tournament a total of 11 times.

Some of the big-name football stars to grace the Africa Cup of Nations before include; Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Nwanko Kanu, Daniel ‘The Bull’ Amokachi (Nigeria), Samuel Eto’o, Patrick Mboma, and Rigobert Song (Cameroon), Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure, and Didier Zokora (Ivory Coast), Mohamed Aboutrika, Hosam Hassan (Egypt), and Tony Yeboah, Abedi Pele (Ghana).

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Africa Cup of Nations 2021

The TotalEnergies 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2021, CAN 2021) is the 33rd edition of the tournament. It will be held from 9 January to 6 February 2022. CAF had initially planned the tournament for June/July 2021 before changing to Jan/Feb 2021 for more favorable climate. The coming of COVID-19 saw the tournament moved to its current date of Jan/Feb 2022. It is still officially referred to as the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 24-team tournament will be hosted by Cameroon in six venues spread across five cities. The capital city Yaounde has two venues; the Olembe Stadium, which will host both the opening ceremony and the final match, and Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo. Other venues are Japoma Stadium (Douala), the Limbe Stadium (Limbe), the Kouekong Stadium (Bafoussam), and the Roumde Adjia Stadium (Garoua).

Some of the stars expected at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations include Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool), Riyadh Mahrez (Algeria, Manchester City), Victor Osimhen (Nigeria, Napoli), Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool), Hakim Ziyech (Morocco, Chelsea), and Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast, Manchester United).

AFCON 2021 Betting Tips

We will provide free betting tips covering the matches of Africa Cup of Nations 2021. Our AFCON predictions will be generated by a team of experts with extensive knowledge and experience in African football. You can be sure our betting tips will help you boost your winnings when you bet on the tournament matches.

Our African Cup of Nations tips cover a range of common bet types including; 1X2, Double Chance, Over/Under, Draw No Bet, Halftime/Fulltime, Handicap, Goals, Corners, Goalscorers, Bookings etc. We will also have accumulator bets, specials, and long-term bets for those interested.

Our Africa Cup predictions pick the most likely outcomes that will also bring you good returns. We also provide you with explanations and statistics to support our picks such as head-to-head records, recent form, qualification path, team news, player availability, and predicted lineups. All these will help you make the right betting decisions. You can read our betting strategies for more insights on how to place winning bets.

AFCON 2021 Qualification Path

The qualification round for AFCON 2021 attracted a total of 52 national teams. Using the June 2019 FIFA Rankings, CAF entered the top 44 teams directly into the qualification group stages while the 8 remaining teams went through a preliminary round to determine the 4 teams to join others in the group stage proper.

The 48 teams in the qualification group stage were divided into 12 groups of 4 teams each. The teams in each group played each other on a home-and-away format to determine the top two teams that would qualify for the tournament proper from each group.

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AFCON 2021 Tournament Groups

The qualifying teams were drawn into these tournament groups:

Group A

POS TEAM PTS MP W D L GF GA GD
0
1
Cameroon
Cameroon
7 3 2 1 0 7 3 4
0
2
Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso
4 3 1 1 1 3 3 0
0
3
Cape Verde
Cape Verde
4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
0
4
Ethiopia
Ethiopia
1 3 0 1 2 2 6 -4
Legend
  • Nächste Runde
  • Qualifikation möglich

Group B

POS TEAM PTS MP W D L GF GA GD
0
1
Senegal
Senegal
5 3 1 2 0 1 0 1
1
2
Guinea
Guinea
4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
0
3
Malawi
Malawi
4 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
0
4
Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
3 3 1 0 2 3 4 -1
Legend
  • Nächste Runde
  • Qualifikation möglich

Group C

POS TEAM PTS MP W D L GF GA GD
0
1
Morocco
Morocco
7 3 2 1 0 5 2 3
0
2
Gabon
Gabon
5 3 1 2 0 4 3 1
1
3
Comoros
Comoros
3 3 1 0 2 3 5 -2
1
4
Ghana
Ghana
1 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2
Legend
  • Nächste Runde
  • Qualifikation möglich

Group D

POS TEAM PTS MP W D L GF GA GD
0
1
Nigeria
Nigeria
9 3 3 0 0 6 1 5
0
2
Egypt
Egypt
6 3 2 0 1 2 1 1
1
3
Sudan
Sudan
1 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3
1
4
Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau
1 3 0 1 2 0 3 -3
Legend
  • Nächste Runde
  • Qualifikation möglich

Group E

POS TEAM PTS MP W D L GF GA GD
0
1
Cote d'Ivoire
Cote d'Ivoire
7 3 2 1 0 6 3 3
0
2
Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea
6 3 2 0 1 2 1 1
0
3
Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
2 3 0 2 1 2 3 -1
0
4
Algeria
Algeria
1 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3
Legend
  • Nächste Runde
  • Qualifikation möglich

Group F

POS TEAM PTS MP W D L GF GA GD
0
1
Mali
Mali
7 3 2 1 0 4 1 3
0
2
Gambia
Gambia
7 3 2 1 0 3 1 2
0
3
Tunisia
Tunisia
3 3 1 0 2 4 2 2
0
4
Mauritania
Mauritania
0 3 0 0 3 0 7 -7
Legend
  • Nächste Runde
  • Qualifikation möglich

AFCON 2021 Tournament Rules

In each group, each team will play the other three once. The teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). After the group matches, the top two teams from each group and the best four third-placed teams qualify for the Round of 16.

If two or more teams are tied on points, the tiebreaker is the head-to-head matches, followed by goal difference, and goals scored among the tied teams. If the teams are tied after all these tiebreakers, there will be drawing of lots to determine which team(s) proceed.

For the Round of 16, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, 3rd-place playoff, and final, there will be extra-time and even penalties to determine the winner if the teams are tied after regular time.