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CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria
Nigeria
The match is over
11.02.2024
20:00
Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
Today, in the first semi-final of the African Nations Cup, the teams of Nigeria and Ivory Coast will play against each other. Nigeria national team The Nigeria team has gone a long way at the African Nations Cup, starting with a controversial performance at the group stage and culminating in a place in the tournament's final. Despite the team's initial shaky performance, particularly after their laborious victory over Guinea-Bissau due to an own goal, the Nigerians gradually found their rhythm and affirmed their status as one of the tournament's most consistent teams. The semi-final match against South Africa was one of the least spectacular, where the main time was decided by two penalties - one scored by William Troost-Ekong for Nigeria and another by Thabo Mokoena for South Africa. However, South Africa made crucial errors in the penalty shootout, allowing Nigeria to advance to the final. Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, and Iheanacho were spot-on in their penalties, ensuring a victory for the team.In the quarterfinal against Angola, Nigeria showed grit, winning the match by a narrow margin of 1:0 thanks to a goal from Ademola Lookman, who confirmed his status as one of the team's key players. The match was tense, with many fouls and few scoring opportunities, but efficiency and focus on the result allowed the Super Eagles to advance.Prior to the quarter-finals, Nigeria faced the team of Cameroon, where they displayed dominating gameplay and high efficiency. Lookman's double hit ensured the Nigerians' victory, while Iwobi's strategic move to the centre of the field boosted the team's game. The Osimhen, Lookman, and Simon attacking partnership demonstrated a high level of play, affirming Nigeria's title ambitions. Assembling a star-studded line-up, Nigeria has lived up to its status as one of the favourites for the Africa Cup of Nations, showcasing not only skill but also the ability to win crucial matches. Ivory Coast national team The Ivory Coast team, hosts of the Africa Cup of Nations, has demonstrated their ability to reach great heights despite a series of tough matches and the absence of their head coach. In the semi-final match against DR Congo, the "Elephants" showed character, winning with a score of 1:0 thanks to Sebastian Haller's first goal in the tournament, which marked a turning point in their journey to the final. This victory in regulation time was their first since the tournament's opening match when they overcame Guinea-Bissau.Ivory Coast's play in the tournament is characterised not only by the skillset of the midfielders, including Franck Kessi, Jean Michal Seri, and Ibrahima Sangar, but also by the good fortune that has followed them throughout the competition. This was particularly evident in the quarterfinal against Mali, where the team managed to equalise towards the end of the match and claim victory in stoppage time thanks to the efforts of young talent Adingra and substitute Diakit.The victory against Senegal in the penalty shootout set Ivory Coast apart as a team that can hold its nerve in crucial moments. The penalties scored by Pepe, Kouam, Haller, and Aurier demonstrated both the team's strength in crucial moments and its ability to withstand pressure.Despite the difficulties the team faced at the start of the tournament, including a defeat by Nigeria and a rout by Equatorial Guinea with a score of 0:4, Ivory Coast has emerged as a strong contender and sensationally made it to the final. This achievement underscores their tenacity and ability to overcome challenges, demonstrating a high level of skill and team spirit. Head-to-Head The history of head-to-head encounters between the teams of Ivory Coast and Nigeria records both tense matches and games where one team demonstrated clear dominance. In the most recent rounds of the AFCON play-offs, the Elephants beat the Super Eagles 1:0 in the semi-finals. One of the most recent crucial confrontations was a 2nd round group stage match at this African Nations Cup, where the game was scarce in attacking variety and interesting moments, and the only goal was scored from a penalty by William Troost-Ekong, securing Nigeria's victory with a score of 1:0.In previous meetings, the teams have exchanged victories. For instance, in friendly matches in 2015 and 2016, each team came out on top once with a score of 1:0. A significant moment in their history was the final of the Africa Nations Championship qualifiers, where firstly Nigeria dominated in the initial encounter with a score of 4:1, but in the return match, Ivory Coast prevailed, winning with a score of 2:0. Match prediction: Nigeria - Ivory Coast In the showdown between the Elephants and the Super Eagles, the Nigerians seem to me as the favourites. They have consistently completed the entire championship without losses and have only conceded twice in the opening phase from Equatorial Guinea (1:1) and in the semi-final from a penalty. Ivory Coast as hosts, will shoulder a lot of responsibility, and they have miraculously made it to the decisive match. Even in the semi-finals, they didn't seem head and shoulders above the Congolese, despite a flashy lineup in the midfield and attack. I am anticipating a victory for Nigeria by a marginal score.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
1 : 0
07.02.2024
20:00
DR Congo
DR Congo
Over (1.5)
Odds: 1.59Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
lose
-5.0
Today, as part of the second semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations, we'll see the national teams of Ivory Coast and the Democratic Republic of Congo go head to head. Ivory Coast national tteam At this current Africa Cup of Nations, the Ivory Coast team is living up to their reputation as an unpredictable African outfit with some key figures in the midfield. Key among these is Franck Kessie, whose central field play is pivotal for the team, along with veteran Jean-Michel Seri and the promising Ibrahim Sangare. Yet, it's fair to admit that the team has enjoyed considerable luck throughout the tournament. In the quarter-final against Mali, the Elephants were the underdogs for most of the match, playing with ten men after Kosunnu's dismissal, and Mali even missed a penalty in the first half. In the second half, Nene scored for Ivory Coast and the Elephants had no chance to equalize until the 90th minute, when Brighton youngster Adingra levelled the score after a series of ricochets. Victory was brought about in extra-time with a throw-in by substitute Diakite in the 123rd minute, again following a series of ricochets after Fofana's strike - arguably the best player for the Ivorians at present. A sensational penalty shootout victory over the reigning champions Senegal emphasized the Elephants' composure under pressure. Kessie confidently converted a penalty to level the score in regulation time, followed by Pepe, Kuame, Aller and Aurier, each making their mark in the penalty shootout. Ivory Coasts tournament had started promisingly with a win over Guinea-Bissau, yet their defeat against Nigeria demonstrated the need for an improvement in their attack. That defeat, along with a severe loss against Equatorial Guinea, exposed defensive frailties that the team managed to overcome, revealing their character and drive to win on home soil. Democratic Republic of Congo national team The Democratic Republic of Congo's national team has confidently made it to the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final, displaying competent play and claiming victory over Guinea with a score of 3-1. Despite an early goal conceded from a penalty at the 20-minute mark, the Congolese dominated their rivals, scoring goals courtesy of captain Mbemba from a set piece, Vissy from a penalty, and Masuku in the final moments of the match. Their efficiency in converting chances shines through as they remain undefeated in the tournament. In the quarter-finals, the DRC overcame Egypt in an intense penalty shootout. The match was awash with incidents: the Congolese broke the deadlock thanks to Meschak on the 37th-minute, but the Egyptians managed to level the score executing a penalty due to a foul by a DRC defender. Despite several dangerous opportunities, the Congolese couldn't pull ahead. However, the penalty shootout highlighted their grit: despite Masuaku's miss, goalkeeper Mpasi emerged as the hero, parrying Mustafa Mohammed's shot and scoring the decisive penalty after the Egyptian goalkeeper's blunder. Head-to-Head Recent encounters between DRC and Ivory Coast have been eventful. In the African Nations Championship on 18th January 2023, the match ended in a 0:0 draw. In a friendly match on 13th October 2019, Ivory Coast won 3:1. In the group stage of the Africa Cup of Nations on 20th January 2017, both teams drew 2:2. In the EFCON qualifiers on 4th February 2015, DRC lost to the Ivory Coast 1:3, but in another qualifier match on 15th October 2014, they claimed a 4:3 victory. Match prediction: Ivory Coast - DR Congo Somewhat miraculously, the Ivorians have reached the semi-finals of their home tournament, though their performance suggests they should have been knocked out in the group stage following a 0:4 defeat against Equatorial Guinea. We must acknowledge the spirit of the Ivory Coast team who, despite the levels of individual talent at their disposal and chaotic play, show grit to equalise when playing poorly. While their attacking line, featuring Kuame, Pepe, Aller, and others, has had a disappointing tournament, Fofana has truly emerged as a leader. The Congolese, having confidently made it to the semi-finals and outplayed Egypt, remain unbeaten in the tournament, including against Morocco. I believe that the host's luck may run out and DRC are capable of an upset. However, I'm banking on a minimum of 2 goals in this match.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria
Nigeria
1 : 1
07.02.2024
17:00
South Africa
South Africa
W1
Odds: 1.6Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
lose
-5.0
Today, as part of the first semi-final of the African Cup of Nations, the teams of Nigeria and South Africa are going to clash. Nigeria's national team Nigeria's team, hosting one of the most star-studded squads in the African Cup of Nations, has emerged as key contenders for the tournament victory, especially after the unexpected elimination of such powerful rivals as Senegal and Morocco. It should be noted that South Africa was the entity that caused Morocco's exit from the competition, by defeating them in the round of 16.In the quarterfinal match against Angola, Nigeria emerged victorious with a minimum score of 1:0, causing a nervous tension among its fans. Ademola Lookman, who plays for Atalanta and is considered as one of the leaders of the Nigerian team, scored the decisive goal in the 41st minute of the match, assisted by Moses Simon. The second half of the game progressed at quite an uneventful pace, littered with fouls and limited goal-scoring opportunities, but the final result allowed Nigeria to deservedly advance to the semi-finals.On their journey to the quarterfinals, the Nigerians displayed dominance by trouncing the Cameroon team. In this game, goalkeepers Maduka Okoye and Francis Uzoho, who replaced his injured colleague, successfully dealt with all attempts of attack from their opponents. Lookman scored thanks to a mishap from the Cameroonian defense and goalkeeper, then proceeded to double his tally towards the end of the match. Alex Iwobi's shift to the central area of the pitch was successful and the attacking trio of Victor Osimhen, Lookman and Moses Simon showcased an impressive display.Nigeria's performance at the group stage left much to be desired in quality, despite its star-studded lineup, but the efficiency was at its maximum. Finishing the stage in second place with 7 points, the Nigerians struggled in a match against Guinea-Bissau, winning only thanks to an auto-goal from their opponents. The team also encountered hardships in matches against Equatorial Guinea and Cote d'Ivoire, but still gathered crucial points. Despite this, a confident win against Cameroon in the quarterfinals and subsequent success against Angola allows Nigeria to look forward to the tournament future with optimism. South Africa national team The South African team is one of the biggest sensations of the current African Cup of Nations, reaching the stage it hasn't seen in 24 years. In the round of 16, the team surprised everyone by defeating a strong Moroccan side 2:0, even though the game could've turned out different had their opponents capitalized on all their chances and Hakimi scored a penalty towards the end of regular time. Later on, a mere three minutes later, Mokoena doubled the advantage, despite a clear disadvantageous xG score of 0.29 against Morocco's 2.15.In the quarterfinals, the Republic of South Africa could've suffered a loss at the hands of Cape Verde, but a shot hitting the bar in the last minute and an exceptional save from goalkeeper Williams saved the team. It was thanks to Williams, who saved two penalties, that the team advanced to the semi-finals.South Africa finished the group stage in second place with 4 points. In the final match of the group stage, they drew against Tunisia, displaying confident play and control over the course of the match. In the first match of the tournament, the team suffered a loss to Mali with a scoreline of 0:2. Percy Tau failed to convert a penalty, thus influencing the match's outcome, but an impressive 4:0 thrashing of Namibia in the second round where Tau did convert a penalty, and Zvane scoring twice, told a different story.Before the African Cup of Nations, the South African team secured a crucial victory over Morocco in the qualifiers, which partly compensated for previous disappointments. Percy Tau stands out in the team's attack, along with Mihlali Mayambela, although the majority of players hail from the domestic league, which makes the South African team less star-studded but no less motivated for success. Head-to-Head In the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations on July 10, 2019, the Nigerian team met with South Africa, coming out victorious with a score of 2:1. The previous encounter between the teams on November 17, 2018, also in the qualifiers for the same tournament, ended in a 1:1 draw. On June 10, 2017, in another qualifying match for the African Cup of Nations, South Africa sensationally defeated Nigeria 2:0 on their turf. On March 29, 2015, in a friendly match, the teams shared the spoils with a score of 1:1. On November 19, 2014, a qualifier also ended in a 2:2 draw. Prediction for the Nigeria - South Africa match The South Africans, without any bright stars on their side, managed to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2000 purely based on the organization of their play. Nigeria has conceded only one goal in the tournament so far, in the first round against Equatorial Guinea, and displays excellent coordination at the back with its acclaimed attack led by Osimhen, who seems to be not quite in form yet. But in decisive matches, it will be the attack that plays an important role, South Africa obviously won't be launching forward and with Simon, Lookman and Victor from Napoli in the Nigerian attack, they should be able to score at least one goal and advance to the final of the African Cup of Nations.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Mali
Mali
1 : 1
03.02.2024
17:00
Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
Handicap1 (0)
Odds: 2.46Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
draw
0
Today, in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Mali and Ivory Coast teams will rise to the occasion. Mali national team Mali's team advanced to the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals, securing a somewhat shaky 2:1 victory over Burkina Faso. In the third minute of the match, Burkina Faso's defender from Bayer, Tapsoba, inadvertently sent the ball into his own net - thereby unintentionally aiding Mali in opening the score. The second goal was scored by Sinaoko, one of the key players on the Malian team, enhancing Mali's advantage. However, after Burkina Faso advanced by a penalty in the 57th minute, the Malians managed to preserve their lead until the match's end.During the group stage of the tournament, Mali emerged as a strong team, securing first place in their group without defeats and amassing 5 points. Against Namibia, who was the group's underdog, the Malians drew 0:0, failing to break through the opposing defence.In their first match of the tournament against South Africa, Mali clinched a confident 2:0 victory. The win was achieved thanks to quick goals by the Traor-Sinaoko duo in the second half despite equal chances and the opponent's missed penalty. In the next game against Tunisia, Mali had a 1:1 draw, with both teams unable to deliver a spectacular game after an exchange of goals.The Malian squad is marked by the presence of outstanding players such as Boubacar Traor and Bissouma from Tottenham, as well as talents from the Red Bull Leipzig academy - Haidara, Koita, and Nene. Real Sociedad's defender Hamari Traor scored the winning goal in the tournament's inaugural match and assisted the winning goal in the 1/8 finals.Mali's recent results attest to the team's strength and unity: a 13-match undefeated streak, inclusive of victories in friendly matches and the World Cup qualifiers, confirms their high standard of play and readiness for challenges on the international stage. Ivory Coast national team As hosts, the Ivory Coast team sensationally expelled the reigning African Cup of Nations champions - Senegal, in a thrilling penalty shootout. Despite conceding the first goal in just the fourth minute of the match, the Ivorians managed to equalise due to a successfully executed penalty by Kessi. In the penalty shootout, the "Elephants" were able to implement all attempts, thanks to accurate shots from their star players: Pepe, Kuame, Aller and Aurier.The tournament for the Ivory Coast team started with mixed feelings, especially after a dismal performance in the last group stage match when the team suffered a humiliating 0:4 defeat to Equatorial Guinea. This defeat underscored weaknesses in defence and offence, despite the advantage in ball possession and a large number of shots on goal.The start of the tournament for the hosts was more successful, with a confident 2:0 win over Guinea-Bissau, where the team showcased strong gameplay and control of the ball. However, a subsequent defeat to Nigeria showed that even with dominant ball possession, the "Elephants" lacked efficiency in their offensive execution.The Ivory Coast squad includes experienced players, especially in the midfield: Kessi, the top-form leader Fofana, the experienced Seri, and promising Sangar all play key roles in creating opportunities and scoring goals. However, a lack of consistency and efficiency in attack raises certain questions about the team's readiness for playoff challenges. Head-to-Head In the last friendly match held on 12 September 2023, Ivory Coast and Mali drew 0:0. In the 1/8 finals of the Africa Cup of Nations on 8 July 2019, Ivory Coast defeated Mali with a score of 1:0. The teams met twice in the World Cup qualifiers in Russia: on 6 October 2017 and 8 October 2016, both games ending in a 0:0 draw. In the semi-finals of the Africa Nations Championship on 4 February 2016, Mali defeated Ivory Coast with a score of 1:0. Match prediction Mali - Ivory Coast The "Elephants" have been fortunate throughout the Africa Cup of Nations, and the Malians have the potential to halt the renowned, but somewhat unfamiliar Ivory Coast lineup. The Traor-Sinaoko duo is having an incredible tournament and scores almost every match. Mali has remained unbeaten in all tournaments for 13 matches with 9 victories. Ivory Coast is severely limping in attack, defence and midfield with rather slow former top league players.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
DR Congo
DR Congo
3 : 1
02.02.2024
20:00
Guinea
Guinea
Under (1.5)
Odds: 2.33Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
lose
-5.0
Tomorrow evening, as part of the Africa Cup of Nations playoffs, the teams of DR Congo and Guinea will face each other in the quarterfinals. DR Congo national team The Democratic Republic of Congo's (DR Congo) national team managed to reach the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations by overcoming Egypt in a tense penalty shootout. In regular time, the Congolese scored in the 37th minute thanks to Meshack but Egypt levelled the score by converting a penalty due to an elbow foul committed by one of DR Congo's defenders. Despite creating more dangerous opportunities, the Congolese couldn't find a second goal. In the penalty shootout, veteran Masuaku failed to score, but goalkeeper Mpasi managed to save Mustafa Mohammed's penalty as well as scoring the decisive penalty himself after Egypt's goalkeeper missed.Ranking second in their group without a win, DR Congo's performance is reminiscent of Portugal's 2018 World Cup run. In their final group match, they drew with Tanzania, not conceding a single shot on goal. Their opening match of the tournament also resulted in a draw with Zambia, dominating possession for the majority of the match but only managing one goal - 1:1.The team boasts a strong lineup, especially in defence with players like Milans Kessi's brother, Marseille's captain Mbemba, and Masuaku. Midfield showcases the talents of Gael Kakuta. Upfront, key figures include Yoann Wissa, Theo Bongonda, Silas Katompa Mvumpa, Cedric Bakambu, and Simon Banza. Guinea national team Coached by Daba Diawara, Guinea's national team successfully reached the Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinals after prevailing in the Guinean derby against Equatorial Guinea with a 1:0 scoreline. The decisive goal was scored by Bayo in the 98th minute, after his team had been playing with a numerical advantage from the 55th minute. Equatorial Guinea failed to convert a penalty in the 68th minute. It was a low-scoring match, but the shot by Reims' 20-year-old defender Ibrahima Diakhite and Bayo's strike granted Guinea their win.Guinea also showed an excellent performance in the group stage, beating Gambia 1:0 courtesy of a 69th-minute goal from Kamara. In their opening match, they drew 1:1 with Cameroon, conceding a goal after Kamano was sent off.Guinea's lineup includes notable players as Girassi, one of Bundesliga's top scorers, although he is yet to shine in this tournament due to injury. Additionally, Valencia's Diallo and former Lokomotiv Moscow player Kamano feature in the team. Historically, Guinea reached second place in the African Cup in 1976 and regularly reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in the early 21st century, a measure of their consistent continental level, as they have demonstrated again now. Head to Head The Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea have faced each other in several notable matches. For instance, in the qualifying round for the World Cup in Russia held on November 11, 2017, DR Congo gained a 3:1 victory. In their previous match on November 13, 2016, Guinea also fell short with a 1:2 scoreline. They also met in the Africa Nations Championship semifinal on February 3, 2016, where DR Congo came on top again, winning 2:1 in overtime. In a friendly held on August 16, 2005, DR Congo dominated once more, finishing the match with a score of 3:1. Prediction for DR Congo - Guinea match Based on the group stage results, the Congolese look stronger, but Guinea also demonstrated robust defence in the match against Equatorial Guinea. Predicting the outcome is tricky; I'm inclined towards a careful match with minimal goals. Hence, my bet is on the total goals under 1.5.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Nigeria
Nigeria
1 : 0
02.02.2024
17:00
Angola
Angola
Handicap2 (+1)
Odds: 1.61Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
win
+3.1
Tomorrow within the quarterfinals of the African Nations Cup, the teams of Nigeria and Angola will play. Nigeria national team Team Nigeria, possessing one of the most star-studded line-ups at the African Nations Cup, is now considered one of the main favourites of the tournament, especially after the exit of strong teams like Senegal and Morocco. In the quarterfinals, the Nigerians confidently defeated the team of Cameroon, showing a dominant play. Goalkeepers Nwabili and Uzoho, who replaced the injured goalkeeper in the second half, did not allow a single shot on their goal. In the first half, Ademola Lookman from Atalanta opened the scoring after a mistake by Cameroon's defence and goalkeeper, and then Lookman himself set the final score at the end of the match. Victor Osimhen, Lookman, and Moses Simon gave brilliant performances in the team's attack, and Alex Iwobi's transition to the centre of the field proved to be a successful move.In the group stage of the African Nations Cup, Nigeria ranked second in its group, scoring 7 points. However, the team's play raised questions. In the last match of the group stage, Nigeria barely won against Guinea-Bissau, scoring only thanks to an own goal in the 36th minute. Although the Nigerians scored twice more, both goals were cancelled due to offside. The team did not show the expected level of play, considering its powerful line-up.In the first match of the tournament, the Nigerians drew 1:1 with Equatorial Guinea. Victor Osimhen's goal helped the team equalise the score after losing the first half. In the second match against Ivory Coast, Nigeria won with a score of 1:0 thanks to a penalty executed by William Troost-Ekong, but again did not show confident play, lagging in ball possession and the number of moments. Angola national team Team Angola demonstrates convincing play at the African Nations Cup. In the 1/8 finals, they sensationally ripped Namibia apart with a score of 3:0. The match started with the expulsion of Namibian goalkeeper Neblu for a hand game at the 17th minute. Gelson Dala opened the score at the 37th minute after a pass from Fredi on the counterattack, and the second goal he scored already with equal line-ups on a penalty after a pass from Fredi. In the second half, Mabululu set the final score with a pass from Gelson Dala, showing excellent play on counterattacks. The best player of the match, Gelson Dala, made two goals and an assist in this match. In the group stage, Angola unexpectedly, yet confidently, topped their group, leaving behind such a strong team as Algeria. In the last match of the group stage on 23rd January 2024, the Angolans beat Burkina Faso with a score of 2:0, showing excellent play on counterattacks and scoring goals in the 39th and 90th minutes thanks to Mabululu and Zini. In the second round, they won against Mauritania with a score of 3:2, scoring three goals in 20 minutes of play, where Gelson Dala from Al-Wahda made a double, and Gilberto scored the winning goal. In the first match, Angola drew with Algeria thanks to a precise penalty shot by Mabululu.The team led by Pedro Gonalves faced some personnel issues but, despite this, showed a high class, defeating strong opponents, despite the absence of two key players of the past years - forward Mabululu from the Saudi Arabian championship, and attacking player Nzola and defender Clinton Mata due to conflicts with the federation. But Mabululu and Gelson Dala from the Saudi Arabian championship have done brilliantly. Head to Head In the history of meetings between the teams of Nigeria and Angola, there have been several memorable matches. In 2018 at the African Nations Championship, Nigeria managed to defeat Angola in overtime with a score of 2:1. In 2012, in a friendly match, the teams played a draw without any goals. In the qualifying matches of the World Championship in 2005, the teams also failed to identify the winner, playing a 1:1 draw. Finally, in 2004, in another qualifier for the WC, Angola managed to overcome Nigeria with a score of 1:0. Forecast for the Nigeria - Angola match Certainly, Nigeria is the favourite in the upcoming quarterfinal match, but the Nigerians showed themselves quite unstable in the group stage of the African Nations Cup. As for Angola, they surprised everyone and continue to score more than anyone else - 10 goals in the tournament. Angola is capable of putting up a fight and dethroning the favourite again. I'm betting on a positive handicap for the Angolans.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Morocco
Morocco
The match is over
30.01.2024
20:00
South Africa
South Africa
In the last match of the African Cup of Nations round of 8, Morocco and South Africa national teams will play off against each other. Morocco national team The Morocco national team, following a historical success at the last World Cup, where they reached the quarterfinals, continues to showcase its high level of play at the African Cup of Nations. Being one of the tournament's favourites, Morocco confidently topped the group, scoring 7 points in three matches. In the final game of the group stage, the team took a victory over Zambia with a 1:0 scoreline thanks to a goal from Ziyech, although they could have won with more sizeable score, failing to convert a multitude of created opportunities.Morocco kicked off the tournament with a 2:0 victory over Tanzania, where crucial roles were played by Sessegnon and Ounahis goals, as well as a rival players red card. However, in the second match against DR Congo, the team drew 1:1, failing to preserve the lead after a goal from Hakimi assisted by Ziyech and conceding in the second half.The Moroccan team under the leadership of experienced coach Walid Regragui features a strong and talented squad. Notable players include Hakimi and Ziyech, as well as the young talent Shadi Riyad. The team also holds experienced players like Yassin Bounou, team captain Romain Saiss, who are active in the Emirates, aspiring West Ham defender Nayef Aguerd, attacking winger Sofiane Boufal, and defensive midfielder Sofyan Amrabat. Leading the attack is Sevilla's main forward Youssef En-Nesyri, who rested last round, supported by Tarik Tissoudali and Ayoub El Kaabi, the latter of whom has yet to fully prove himself in the tournament. South Africa national team The South African national team established itself at the African Cup of Nations, finishing in second place in the group with 4 points after three matches. In the final game of the group stage, South Africa drew with Tunisia, effectively controlling the match and not giving the opponent significant opportunities, while creating several threats with long-distance shots. In the first match against Mali, the team lost 0:2. Percy Tau failed to convert a penalty, and within a short span in the second half, South Africa let in two goals, not utilising their chances in the attack. However, in the second round, South Africa showed a more confident play, thrashing Namibia 4:0. Percy Tau stood out by successfully executing a penalty, while Zwane scored twice.Before the African Nations Cup, South Africa achieved a significant win over Morocco in the qualification, which partially compensated for the loss against Rwanda in the World Cup qualifier and a recent draw with Lesotho. The team missed known strikers Lyle Foster and Lebo Mothiba due to injury.The leading role in South Africa's attack is assigned to Percy Tau from Egypt's Al Ahly and Mihlali Mayambela from Cyprus' Aris, although the latter hasn't yet played a considerable amount of time in the tournament. Most players represent the local championship, which might make the South African team less star-studded, but it doesn't lessen their motivation to achieve success in the African Cup of Nations. Head-to-head The last match between these teams took place on 17 June 2023 during the African Cup of Nations, where South Africa won with a 2:1 scoreline. In the previous encounter on 9 June 2022 at the African Cup of Nations, Morocco beat South Africa 2:1. Another match occurred on 1 July 2019, where Morocco also won 1:0 over South Africa. Match forecast: Morocco - South Africa The Moroccans, with their superstar composition, are the clear tournament favourites; they should easily handle the South Africans. There have been many surprises in this tournament already, and it's high time for Morocco to live up to their reputation as Africa's best team. Especially since they showed excellent performance in the group stage, even though they missed many opportunities. South Africa is weaker in all lines compared to them.
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Egypt
Egypt
1 : 1
28.01.2024
20:00
DR Congo
DR Congo
Handicap1 (0)
Odds: 1.76Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
draw
0
Today, in the scope of the second day of the 1/8 finals in the African Nations Cup, the national teams of Egypt and DR Congo will compete. Egypt National Team Despite being one of the favourites at the African Nations Cup, Egypt's national team faced unexpected difficulties, ending all three group matches in a draw with a score of 2:2. Such a result, especially in a tournament involving African teams, is quite unusual considering the level of scoring. In the last match of the group stage, Egypt, despite their significant advantage, couldn't secure a victory over Cape Verde, conceding two goals in the last minutes of each half. The first goal was scored in the last minute of the first half, and the second - in the 49th minute of the second. In the initial match against Mozambique, Egypt likewise drew 2:2. The loss of such a key player could seriously affect the team's future performance. At the moment, Egypt appears strong in the attack, even without Salah. However, to successfully advance to the next round of the tournament, they need to improve their gameplay, especially in defence, and find ways to compensate for Salah's possible absence in the following matches. DR Congo National Team The Democratic Republic of Congo achieved progression to the knockout stage of the African Nations Cup, displaying results reminiscent of Portugal's performance at the 2018 World Cup. The team took second place in their group, earning 3 points in 3 matches, all of which ended in a draw, scoring just two goals. In the final group stage match, DR Congo played out a boring draw with Tanzania, not allowing a single shot on goal but creating few opportunities themselves. The team was fortunate as Zambia suffered a defeat from Morocco, who had already advanced from the group. In the tournament's initial match DR Congo drew 1:1 with Zambia. The team had ball possession for the majority of the time and made many shots, but scored only one goal in response to Zambia's goal. DR Congo has a strong lineup, particularly in defence. DR Congo has shown they can play solid defence, but moving past the quarter-finals will be difficult. Previous Meetings There have been several memorable matches in the history of head-to-head encounters between Egypt and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The last meeting between the teams took place on June 26, 2019, within the African Nations Cup, where Egypt won with a score of 2:0. On March 2, 2012, in a friendly match the teams played to a 0:0 draw. On August 11, 2010, another friendly game ended in a big victory for Egypt with a score of 6:3. In a qualifying match for the 2010 World Cup on September 7, 2008, DR Congo conceded to Egypt on their field with a score of 0:1. And on June 1, 2008, in the scope of the same qualifying cycle, Egypt defeated DR Congo with a score of 2:1. Match Prediction for Egypt - DR Congo If the Egyptians show organised attacking play, it will be hard for the Congolese. It's time for Egypt not to concede 2 goals from weaker opponents, my prediction is a victory for Rui Vitoria's team.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Zambia
Zambia
1 : 1
21.01.2024
17:00
Tanzania
Tanzania
W1
Odds: 1.98Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
lose
-5.0
In the second round of Group F in the Africa Cup of Nations, the Zambian and Tanzanian national teams are set to cross swords. Zambia Zambia's national team struggled to hold a 1:1 draw against the Democratic Republic of Congo in the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations, displaying a less than convincing performance. The only goal for Zambia came from their sole shot on target, capitalising on a blunder by Congo's goalkeeper. The goal was secured by Kangwa after a severe goalkeeping mistake before a throw-in, with an assist from Leicester City's Patson Daka. After this, Congo dominated the play but failed to net the winning goal.Leading up to the Africa Cup of Nations, Zambia illustrated solid results. This team, absent from major continental tournaments since their sensational victory in the 2012 Africa Cup, is back under the leadership of experienced coach Avram Grant. Under his stewardship, the Zambians have showcased some thrilling attacking gameplay, amassing 18 goals in 10 matches. In recent fixtures, Zambia drew 1:1 with Cameroon on 9 January 2024, suffered a 1:2 defeat against Niger on 21 November 2023, but managed to secure a 4:2 victory over Congo in the World Cup qualifiers on 17 October 2023 and trounced Uganda 3:0 in a friendly.Zambia's lineup boasts several former players from the Russian league, particularly from Arsenal Tula. Key veteran Stopilla Sunzu, from the Chinese club, Jinan, is renowned for his decisive penalty kick during the Africa Cup final. Other important players include Kings Kangwa of Red Star and Lameck Banda.Patson Daka of Leicester, on the verge of transitioning to the English Premier League, is considered the team's main star. Fashion Sakala, a "legend" of "Spartak", who then moved to Rangers, reaching the Europa League final, and now plying his trade in Saudi Arabia, cannot go unmentioned either. These players could play a pivotal role in Zambia's Africa Cup performance. Tanzania The Tanzanian national team predictably succumbed to the superior Moroccan team with a scoreline of 0:3 in the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations. The game spiralled out of control for the Tanzanian team, especially after the 70th-minute dismissal of Novatus Miroshi, following which Tanzania conceded two more goals. The team made only two attempts on goal, none of which hit the mark, marking one of the worst performances in the first round of the tournament.Tanzania's squad approaches the tournament as one of the least formidable sides, with a limited pool of recognised players. However, there are several key figures worth noting. Captain Mbwana Samatta is the squad's second-leading scorer and currently is a free agent, having spent the majority of his career in North Africa and the Middle East. Another crucial player is Simon Msuva. Also part of the squad is Novatus Miroshi, on loan at Shakhtar from Belgian club Zulte Waregem.Tanzania's recent results reveal a mixed bag. On 7 January 2024, they lost 0:2 to Egypt. A game against Zanzibar on 27 December 2023 ended in a goalless draw. On 21 November 2023, Tanzania lost 0:2 to Morocco, but managed to secure a 1:0 victory over Niger on 18 November 2023. Head-to-Head In previous matchups between Zambia and Tanzania, recent games suggest Zambia's upper hand. In the African Nations Championship on 19 January 2021, Zambia won against Tanzania with a score of 2:0. Another encounter took place on 5 July 2017 in the COSAFA Cup, where Zambia triumphed over Tanzania with a resounding 4:2 victory. Prediction for the Zambia - Tanzania match Despite their initial setback, the Zambian squad is evidently superior to Tanzania's, which failed to show anything of substance and appears as the worst team at the Africa Cup. Zambia thus has grounds to redeem itself and possibly secure a victory.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Morocco
Morocco
1 : 1
21.01.2024
14:00
DR Congo
DR Congo
W1
Odds: 1.61Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
lose
-5.0
Today, in the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations Group F, Morocco and DR Congo will go head-to-head. Morocco Team In the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Morocco team, living up to its status as favourites with an impressive line-up, confidently defeated Tanzania with a score of 2:0. Premier League defender Sess scored the first goal at the 30th minute, then Ounahi increased the score at the 77th minute after receiving assists from Adli. Moroccan player En-Nesyri scored the third goal at the 80th minute, assisted by Hakimi. Morocco's success was aided by an expulsion of a Tanzanian player at the 69th minute.Morocco approaches the Africa Cup of Nations as one of the tournament favourites, following a successful World Cup run where the team reached the quarter-finals. The team still includes superstar Achraf Hakimi from PSG, as well as Hakim Ziyech. Some key players such as Yassin Bounou, Romain Saiss, and Sofiane Boufal moved to the Middle East but they still lead the main team. Sometimes, the 20-years-old centre-back Shadi Riad from Real Betis, owned by Barcelona, replaces the team captain. Young Bayer player Amin Adli, who already assisted in the first round, and Sofian's clubmate Abde Ezzalzouli may replace Boufal.Also returned to the team is Amin Harit, who missed the World Cup due to injury and can operate on the flanks. His position could also be taken by Saibari of PSV and El-Hannus from Genk. The principal player in the attack remains Youssef En-Nesyri from Sevilla; his competitors will be Tarik Tissoudali, who missed the World Cup due to injury, and Ayoub El Kaabi from Olympiakos who has an excellent season. DR Congo Team In the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Democratic Republic of Congo drew 1:1 against Zambia, showing confident play but suffered losses due to mistakes in the defence and misfortune. The team dominated the ball 56% of the game time and made 25 shots, of which three were on goal. The Congo DR scored a goal by Wissa after an assist from Bakambu at the 27th minute, responding to Kangwa's goal made after a goalie error during a throw-in. After this, the Congolese dominated the game, but failed to score the winning goal.The Democratic Republic of Congo team boasts a strong line-up with top-league players, especially in defence, where footballers from the French league stand out. On the defensive flanks, the Leopards are well served: Kalyulu of Lorient plays on the right, and Arthur Masuaku, formerly of the Premier League, on the left. However, there lacks a decent partner for Chancel Mbemba in central defence. In the midfield, the key player is the former Chelsea player Gael Kakuta. Brentford player Yoan Wissa constantly plays on one of the attacking flanks. The second flank is contended between Theo Bongonda of Spartak Moscow and Silas Katompa-Mvumpa of VfB Stuttgart. In attack, the team's main star is former Villarreal player Cedric Bakambu, while the top scorer of the Portuguese championship, Simon Banza from SC Braga, plays as the second striker. Head to Head Meets In the last head-to-head matches during the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Morocco convincingly won 4:1 over DR Congo. The previous meeting on March 25, 2022, ended in a draw 1:1. Similarly, a draw 1:1 was recorded in a friendly match on October 13, 2020. Prediction for the match Morocco - DR Congo Yes, the Congolese looked very good in the first match against Zambia, but by composition and ambition, the Moroccans are heads above. Hakimi, Ziyech and company can resolve all group-out issues today and will definitely play in an optimal line-up. I would predict a victory for Morocco.The latest matches before the Africa Cup of Nations on January 11, 2024, saw Morocco winning over Sierra Leone with a score of 3:1. On November 21, 2023, the team defeated Tanzania with a score of 2:0. These results suggest that Morocco is in excellent form and ready to produce high results in the upcoming tournament.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Tunisia
Tunisia
1 : 1
20.01.2024
20:00
Mali
Mali
Handicap2 (0)
Odds: 1.82Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
win
+4.1
In Group E's second round of the African Cup of Nations, the national teams of Tunisia and Mali will play. Tunisian national team The Tunisian national team arrived at the African Cup of Nations following a series of strong performances, securing three wins in their last four matches. However, in their first match of the tournament, they unexpectedly suffered a defeat against the Namibian team with a score of 0-1, conceding a goal in the 88th minute and failing to create significant chances, as evidenced by an xG (expected goals) value not even reaching 0.8. A possession rate of 63% proved futile against a not super organised Namibian team. Youssef Msakni, who headed the ball twice in the early second half, faced excellent goalkeeping from Namibia, and in the end, his shot missed the goal. Tunisia arrived at the tournament with two wins in the World Cup qualifying round, impressively not conceding a single goal in these matches and scoring a total of seven goals. Their only failure to score came in a friendly match against Mauritania, which ended in a goalless draw. Tunisia secured victories against Sao Tome and Principe with a convincing score of 4-0 and narrowly defeated Malawi with a score of 1-0 in the World Cup qualifiers. The Tunisian squad will definitely miss the young talent Hannibal Mejbri from Manchester United, who disappeared from the radar after his loan to Sevilla, but the team still includes other players worthy of attention. Experienced forward Ta Yassine Khenissi may continue to lead the attack line, and winger Elias Ashuri, shining in the European leagues with Danish Copenhagen, where he became the top assist provider in the Danish championship, could overshadow veteran Naim Sliti. Youssef Msakni took the position of the second forward, adding his experience to the team and becoming the best player in the failed match against Namibia. Malian national team The Malian national team confidently defeated the South African team with a score of 2-0 in the first round of the African Cup of Nations. The first half was tense, and the South African team missed a chance to score from a penalty, but in the second half, the Malians took the initiative, scoring two goals in three minutes: Traore A. opened the score at the 60th minute, and Sinaly Diomande doubled the advantage at the 66th minute. Notable players in the Malian squad include Boubacar Traore and Tottenham's midfield anchor Bissouma, as well as two players from the Red Bull Leipzig academy - Haidara, Koita, and Nene who came on as a substitute in the first match. Although the attack lacks notable names, Mali compensates with organised gameplay. The winning goal was scored by Hamari Traore from Real Sociedad. The Malian national team boasts an impressive streak of results, with 9 matches without defeat, including 7 victories. In friendly matches, the "Eagles" defeated Saudi Arabia (3-1) and Guinea-Bissau (6-2). In the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, the team drew 1-1 with the CAR on 20 November 2023 and defeated Chad with a score of 3-1 on 17 November 2023. These results confirm Mali as a strong and organised competitor at the continental level. Head-to-Head The recent encounters between Tunisia and Mali have been fairly balanced and intense. In March 2022, during the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Tunisia advanced further thanks to their defensive style of play, managing to hold a 0-0 draw in the return match after a narrow 1-0 victory in the first leg. However, in January 2022 at the African Cup of Nations, Mali managed to beat Tunisia with a score of 1-0. Match prediction: Tunisia - Mali I believe the Malians are capable of showing bright football and breaking the resistance of Tunisia, which displayed a lacklustre performance against one of the weakest teams of the African Cup of Nations, Namibia. The attack of the nominal hosts in the first match was completely disorganised.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Mauritania
Mauritania
2 : 3
20.01.2024
17:00
Angola
Angola
Under (2)
Odds: 1.67Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
lose
-5.0
In the second round of Group D at the Africa Cup of Nations, Mauritania and Angola will go head to head. Mauritania To no one's surprise, Mauritania lost its first match at the Africa Cup of Nations 0:1 to Burkina Faso. Unable to hold their ground for a draw, they conceded a penalty goal in the 96th minute. Mauritania's ball possession was 38%, with a total of 11 attempts on goal, only four of which were on target. Mauritania had one promising moment early in the second half, but the Burkina Faso goalkeeper easily deflected the shot. An unfortunate penalty was conceded in a non-dangerous area which surely added insult to injury, as they didn't seem to be falling behind in the game per se.Despite being one of the most progressive teams in Africa, Mauritania lacks standout stars. Most of its players hail from Senegal. It is worth noting Aboubakar Kamara, formerly a Fulham player in the English Premier League, who now plays for Al-Jazira in the Emirates. The team also features Aboubakari Koita, an impressive left winger from Belgian club Sint-Truiden.An overview of Mauritania's recent games, including friendlies, shows a streak of five consecutive games without victory. On 6th January 2024 they drew 0:0 against Tunisia, while on 21st November 2023 they recorded another 0:0 draw against South Sudan. On 15th November 2023, they endured a 2:0 defeat to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Angola In a surprising turn of events, Angola held Algeria to a draw in their first match at the Africa Cup of Nations. Mabululu's goal the result of a rare offensive break and a successful penalty kick in the mid-second half was the team's only shot on target. It goes without saying that Angola spent much of the game on the defensive, with only 34% ball possession and seven shots on goal.Under the guidance of Portuguese coach Pedro Gonalves, Angola is facing certain staffing issues that might affect their performance. Fiorentina striker MBala Nzola is out for personal reasons, and replacements by Mabululu or former Sporting CP player Gelson Dala are underwhelming in terms of performance. The team's flankhe is occupied by Zito Luvumbo, Angolas most valuable player from Italian side Cagliari. Defender Clinton Mata of Lyon has also been absent from the national team due to conflicts with the federation, which is a loss for the team.Angola hasn't suffered defeat in seven matches if we include friendlies, even though six resulted in draws. They defeated Bahrain 3:0 in a friendly on 10th January 2024 and drew 0:0 against the Democratic Republic of Congo on 6th January 2024. The games against Mauritius and Cabo Verde on 21st and 16th November 2023 respectively also ended in draws. This track record shows Angola might prove a tough opponent for any team, despite their current challenges. Head-to-head The past two matches between these teams ended in 0:0 draws. This was the case in the recent Africa Cup of Nations tournament, as well as during qualifications for the same tournament back in 2019. Prior to this, in a 2018 reverse fixture, Mauritania outperformed Angola 1:0, although it's noteworthy that Angola won their first-ever head-to-head match 4:1. Prediction for the Mauritania - Angola match In this match, Im wagering on a low total of goals. Both teams are desperate to secure points, and after Angola's super successful match against Algeria (in terms of result, as they only had 36% ball possession), they're unlikely to go on the offence. Meanwhile, Mauritania might simply fall short on player execution standards.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Algeria
Algeria
2 : 2
20.01.2024
14:00
Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso
W1
Odds: 1.81Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
lose
-5.0
Today, Algeria and Burkina Faso will compete as part of Group D in the Africa Cup of Nations. Algerian National Team Despite its formidable lineup, Algeria failed to defeat Angola in the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations, with a draw of 1:1. The Algerians got on the scoreboard on the 18th minute, thanks to a goal from Buendia on the back of a Belaili pass, yet they conceded a goal on the 68th minute and were unable to cultivate dangerous moments in the end of the match, in spite of a commanding ball possession of 66% and 16 strikes on goal, three of which found the target.The Algerian squad boasts seasoned veterans in attack, such as Mahrez, Feghouli, Slimani, along with Mbolhi and Mandi. In midfield, Bentaleb stands out, having secured a place in the symbolic team of the first half of French League 1. The team also has a number of naturalized players, including Aouar from Roma and Ait-Nouri from Wolverhampton. Algeria's defence is augmented by the promising duo of Youcef Atal on the left and Aissa Mandi in the centre, as well as Dortmund Borussia's main defender Rami Bensebaini.Algeria's recent matches prior to the Africa Cup of Nations showcase the team's strength and confidence, as they've achieved 5 consecutive victories, inclusive of friendly matches and World Cup 2026 qualifiers. On January 9, 2024, Algeria triumphed over Burundi with a score of 4:0, on January 5, 2024, they were victorious against Togo (3:0), on December 31, 2023, they conquered U23 national team (2:1), and on November 19, 2023, they bested Mozambique with 2:0. Burkina Faso National Team In its first match at the Africa Cup of Nations, Burkina Faso managed a victory over Mauritania with a score of 1:0, thanks to a penalty converted by Bertrand Traore in the 96th minute. The team dominated the noticeably weak competitor in the second half, commanding 62% ball possession, with 11 strikes on goal, 5 of which hit the target.Burkina Faso has taken places in the Top-4 of the Africa Cup of Nations three times over the past 11 years. The team has two shining stars - Tapsoba from the Bundesliga leader Bayer and Bertrand Traore from Aston Villa, whose playing time has been limited of late, in addition to Mohamed Konate from Russian team Akhmat.Even though Burkina Faso's midfield has no stars since the departure of Charles Kabore, the team's wingers Jonathan Pitroipa and Prejuce Nakoulma stand out in the recent Africa Cup of Nations. This duo significantly contributes to the team's successes on African Cups. Burkina Fasos recent matches demonstrate good performance: they defeated the Democratic Republic of Congo (2:1) on January 10, 2024, lost to Iran (2:1) on January 5, 2024. In a World Cup qualifier on November 21, 2023, the team won over Ethiopia with 3:0. These outcomes attest to Burkina Faso's status as a potent and competitive team on the continent. Head-to-Head The competitors met in the 2021 CAN qualification, concluding in a 2:2 draw. Another draw (1:1) occurred in the first match of the current group. In the 2013 qualifiers, the teams traded home victories - Algeria 1:0 and Burkina Faso 3:2. Prediction for Algeria - Burkina Faso My money's on Algeria, a manifestly superior team, which couldn't finish off Angola in the first match and has the capacity to seize 3 points by force.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Guinea
Guinea
1 : 0
19.01.2024
20:00
Gambia
Gambia
Under (2)
Odds: 1.79Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
win
+4.0
Today, as part of the Africa Cup of Nations in Group C, the teams from Guinea and Gambia will face off. Guinea Team Guinea secured a crucial single point in the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations, drawing 1:1 with Cameroon, who played most of the second half with a numerical advantage. The Guineans took the lead thanks to Bayo in the 10th minute but were outnumbered after the ex-player of Moscow's Locomotiv Kamano was sent off in the 45th minute. Having conceded an equalising goal in the 51st minute, Guinea confidently held their ground, allowing little to the opponents in the attack.Guinea's attack features one of the top scorers of the German Bundesliga, Girassi, who is a key player of the team. However, he was injured in the last match for Stuttgart. There are also key players in the team, including central defender Diakhabi from Valencia and Kamano. Although the Guinea team has never participated in the final tournaments of the World Cup and their best achievement at the Africa Cup remains the second place obtained in 1976, the team's successes in the early 21st century deserve attention. The "Elephants of the Nation" consistently reached the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2004, 2006 and 2008, as well as in 2015, where they lost to Ghana with a score of 0:3. These results confirm that Guinea occupies a worthy place among the strong African teams.The recent matches of the Guinea team before the Africa Cup of Nations showed good results. They beat Nigeria with a score of 2:0 on January 8, 2024, but suffered a defeat from Botswana with a score of 1:0 on November 21, 2023. On November 17, 2023, the team won over Uganda with a score of 2:1. In friendly matches, Guinea played a 1:1 draw with Gabon on October 17, 2023, and defeated Guinea-Bissau with a score of 1:0 on October 13, 2023. Gambia Team The Gambia team lost without a chance to Senegal with a score of 0:3 in the Africa Cup of Nations match. The first goal was scored by Gueye in the 4th minute after a pass from Sadio Mane, then Kamara doubled the lead in the 52nd minute after a pass from Sarra, who also scored his second goal in the 86th minute after a pass from Ndiaye. From the 45th minute, Gambia played short-handed following Adams' ejection. Despite only having 31% possession of the ball, they made 12 shots, 2 of which were on target.Before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Gambia team faced a number of problems. Several players fainted due to a lack of oxygen in the plane, shortly after takeoff the pilot had to make an emergency landing. In addition, the Gambians boycotted the training due to unresolved financial issues after reaching the final stage of the tournament. These factors negatively impacted the morale of the team coached by Tom Saintfiet. The Gambia squad includes well-known players such as Omar Colley from Besiktas, strikers Musa Barrow and Abli Jallow, as well as Genk player Aliu Fadera and Feyenoord winger Yakuba Minte.The last matches of the Gambia team before the Africa Cup of Nations were unsuccessful. In the World Cup 2026 qualifiers on November 20, 2023, they lost to the Ivory Coast with a score of 0:2. On November 16, 2023, in the World Cup qualifiers, the team lost to Burundi with a score of 3:2, and on September 10, 2023, in the CAN qualifiers they drew with Congo 2:2. Head-to-Head In the 1/8 final of the Africa Cup of Nations, which took place on January 24, 2022, the Gambia team beat the Guinea team with a score of 1:0. The winning goal in this match was scored by Barrow in the 71st minute of the game. Prediction for the Match Guinea - Gambia This match is crucial for both teams. I think, neither will go all out in the attack, I'm trying a bet on the total goals under 2. The Gambians are looking fairly weak so far, Guinea held their own against a problematic Cameroon, but against a more competent Gambia, they might have difficulties.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Senegal
Senegal
3 : 1
19.01.2024
17:00
Cameroon
Cameroon
W1
Odds: 2.01Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
win
+5.1
Today in the Africa Cup of Nations Group C, two favourites will clash - the teams of Senegal and Cameroon. Senegal National Team The reigning African champions, the Senegalese national team, confidently began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign, defeating Gambia 3:0. Gueye opened the scoring in the 4th minute, receiving a pass from Sadio Mane, then Kamara doubled the advantage in the 52nd minute after a pass from Sarr, who also scored his second goal in the 86th minute after a pass from Ndiaye. After Gambia's player Adams was sent off in the 45th minute, Senegal increased their advantage, although they already looked quite convincing. Senegal had 69% ball possession, 14 shots, 6 of which were on target.Coach Aliou Cisse's team has a strong line-up with main star Mane in attack. Currently, all leading players, including veterans Koulibaly and Diallo, as well as goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and Mane himself, are playing in Saudi Arabia. Nampalys Mendy and Idrissa Gueye still dominate in the midfield. In attack, besides Mane, Ismaila Sarr and Chelsea forward Nicolas Jackson, who has Gambian roots, stand out.Senegals recent results before the Africa Cup of Nations include a 1:1 draw with Zambia on 9 January 2024 and two 2026 World Cup qualifiers: a 1:1 draw with Libya on 21 November 2023 and a 3:0 victory over Mauritius on 17 November 2023. Cameroon National Team The Cameroon national team, following tradition, had an unsuccessful start at the Africa Cup of Nations, drawing 1:1 with Guinea in the first round. Cameroon conceded the first goal from Baio in the 10th minute of the match and found themselves in numerical superiority after Kaman was sent off by the opponent in the 45th minute. The score was levelled in the 54th minute thanks to Magri, who was assisted by former Tottenham player N'Koudou. However, despite 70% ball possession and numerical advantage, the team could not create enough dangerous moments, making only 3 shots on target and not demonstrating a clear idea in attack.The team under Rigobert Song did not call up goalkeeper Andre Onana from Manchester United for the 1st round, which surprised the player himself. Also, the team lost Brian Mbemo from the EPL due to injury. The squad includes midfield leader Zambo-Anguissa from Napoli and midfielders Ntcham, Kemen and Elliott. The scandal with Choupo-Moting and absence of Matip also affected the team. Much is expected from the team's attack, especially from Abubakar and Dynamo Moscow's Ngamaleu, as well as former Dynamo Moscow player Clinton N'Ji, but the attacking potential seemed lacking from them in the first round - with only N'Koudou providing a goal assist.In recent matches before the Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon showed mixed results: 1:1 draw with Zambia on 9 January 2024, 1:1 draw with Libya on 21 November 2023, and a 3:0 victory over Mauritius on 17 November 2023. Head-to-Head In a recent friendly match on 10 October 2023, Senegal won 1:0 thanks to a penalty goal by Mane. Previously at the Africa Cup of Nations, the opponents met in 2017, a 1:1 draw. Prediction for the Senegal - Cameroon match The Senegalese national team, led by star player Sadio Mane, does indeed look more potent in the structure of their game compared to Cameroon. Considering Senegal's strong attacking potential and especially their solid defence, a bet on the nominal home field owners' victory seems quite justified.Even if experienced goalkeeper Andre Onana, renowned for his ability for both brilliant saves and mistakes leading to conceded goals, appears in Cameroon's goal, Senegal's attack seems more varied and dangerous. Senegal's offensive capabilities, including the play of Mane, Sarr, and Jackson, in combination with their strong defence with Koulibaly, make them the favourites in this confrontation.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Cape Verde
Cape Verde
3 : 0
19.01.2024
14:00
Mozambique
Mozambique
W1
Odds: 2.31Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
win
+6.6
Today, the second round of Group B features teams from Cape Verde and Mozambique in the Africa Cup of Nations. Cape Verde team In the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations, Cape Verde's team sensationally defeated Ghana 2:1. The match kicked off with a goal by Monteiro in the 17th minute, giving Cape Verde an early lead. Ghana managed to level the score thanks to Djiku's effort in the 56th minute after an assist from Jordan Ayew. However, a last-minute goal from Garry Rodrigues of Ankaragc in the 91st minute gifted Cape Verde the victory. The Cape Verdean team dominated the key statistical parameters, including ball possession (54%) and shots on target (5 versus Ghana's 1), succinctly earning their victory.This mature team is playing in the tournament for the second consecutive time under the guidance of coach Bubista. Notable players are Mendes and Rodrigues, as well as former Manchester United player Bb currently playing for Rayo Vallecano and Jovane Cabral from Salernitana, who are mainly flank attackers. In the defence, a promising player is centre-back Logan Costa, who scored a brace for Toulouse in the French Cup final.However, Cape Verde's recent matches leading up to the Africa Cup of Nations have not gone as planned. On the 10th of January 2024, they lost to Tunisia 2:0 in a friendly match. In the World Cup qualifiers, on the 21st of November 2023 they defeated Eswatini 2:0, and on the 16th of November 2023 they drew 0:0 with Angola. Mozambique Team Mozambique's team fiercely snatched points from Egypt in the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations, finishing with a 2:2 draw. Mozambique scored both their goals, taking advantage of their only two shots on target. The team conceded a goal from Mostafa Mohamed right at the start, but between the 55th to 58th minutes they turned the game around: scoring their first goal in the 55th minute, and Bauke putting Mozambique ahead on the 58th. However, in the 94th minute, Mozambique conceded a penalty converted by Salah. The team had only 6 attempts, 2 on target, indicating they were somewhat fortunate, while Egypt struggled on the attack.Considering the squad and their results, Mozambique is the obvious underdog in their group. The team's main star is Atletico's left-back Reinildo, and Sporting's Geny Catamo also stands out in attack. The rest of the names in the lineup are not well known to the wider audience.Mozambique's most recent matches leading up to the Africa Cup of Nations have also shown diverse results. On the 8th of January 2024, the team drew 1:1 with Botswana, and on the 6th of January 2024 they beat Lesotho 2:0 in a friendly match. In the World Cup qualifiers for 2026, on the 19th of November 2023, Mozambique lost to Algeria 0:2, but on the 16th of November 2023 they beat Botswana 3:2. Head-to-Head The teams last met in the qualifying round for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2021 and Cape Verde was stronger, winning 1:0. In 2019, they drew 1:1. Prediction for the Cape Verde - Mozambique match Mozambique was really fortunate to snatch points from Egypt, scoring 2 goals arguably against the run of play, as Cape Verde confidently defeated a strongly named Ghana. My bet is on a victory for the nominal hosts in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Egypt
Egypt
2 : 2
18.01.2024
20:00
Ghana
Ghana
W1
Odds: 2.04Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
lose
-5.0
Today, in group B, the two main favourites - Egypt and Ghana - are set to lock horns. Egypt National Team Despite possessing one of the strongest lineups on paper, Egypt showed a mixed performance in their first round of the Africa Cup of Nations, drawing 2:2 with Mozambique. Albeit Mostafa Mohamed drew first blood on the second minute into the match following a pass from Mohamed Salah, by the 58th minute, Egypt were trailing at 1:2. It was Salah's penalty kick goal on the 96th minute that allowed Egypt to salvage a point. The Egyptians had ball possession 60% of the time, with 21 shots on goal compared to their opponent's 5. However, their defence was utterly dysfunctional, as Mozambique managed to score two goals out of just two shots on target.The offensive power that Egypt possesses is substantial. Mohamed Salah needs no introduction, and he's accompanied by two players making their strides in European leagues. Mostafa Mohamed from Nantes is a potent centre forward, while the veteran Trezeguet will play on the left flank, although there's a chance that young Omar Marmoush from Eintracht might make an appearance in the second tour. Mohammed El Neny, a notable midfielder, is currently receiving minimal play time in Arsenal. The defensive linchpin is Ahmed Hegazi, but the 24-year-old Mohammed Abdelmonem from Al Ahly merits attention too.Recent matches of the Egyptian squad have yielded more favourable results: on 7th January 2024, the team beat Tanzania 2:0 in a friendly match. In the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, on 19th November 2023, Egypt won Sierra Leone 2:0, and on 16th November 2023 humiliated Djibouti 6:0. These results indicate that despite some defensive weaknesses, Egypt remains a strong team with the potential to make a successful run in the tournament. Ghana National Team Ghana, boasting experienced veterans, shockingly lost 1:2 to Cape Verde in the Africa Cup of Nations. After Monteiro's goal on the 17th minute, the Ghanaians managed to equalise 56 minutes into the match courtesy of Jiku following a pass from Ayew Jordan. However, it was Rodrigues who delivered victory for Cape Verde on the 91st minute. Inaki Williams from Atletico made an inexplicable appearance only on the 60th minute and along with Andre Ayew, failed to make an impact in the game. Ghana lost in all metrics in the match, including ball possession (46% versus Cape Verde's 54%) and shots on goal (11 against 15 shots, 1-5 in terms of on-target shots).The matches leading up to the Africa Cup of Nations were equally disappointing for Ghana. On 8th January 2024, the team drew 0:0 with Namibia, and on 21st November 2023, they lost 0:1 to the Comoros Islands in the qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup. However, on the 17th November 2023, Ghana did manage to beat Madagascar 1:0.In addition to the scoreline, Ghana has lost their main star, Thomas Partey, due to an injury. Now, Salis Abdul Samed from Lens is leading in the central defensive position. Right before the tournament, Mohammed Kudus was injured, leaving his participation in the first tournament game in doubt. The team also suffered other losses prior to the tournament, including Sulemana, Lamptey, Kiere Lamptey from the Premier League a significant loss in the attacking department. Naturalised Spaniard-Basque Inaki Williams scored the only goal for the "Black Stars" in the World Cup qualifier. Head-to-Head Meetings In their last match in 2017 during the qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia, the teams drew 1:1. Prediction for the Egypt - Ghana match The "Black Stars" appeared exceedingly feeble in their first match, but Egypt just managed to scrape a draw against Cape Verde. Despite a stronger squad, Ghana's star players are predominantly attackers. Ghana without injuries lost even to the Comoros Islands in the World Cup qualifiers, whereas Egypt appears to be a more organised team. My stake is on them.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast
0 : 1
18.01.2024
17:00
Nigeria
Nigeria
Over (1.5)
Odds: 1.52Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
lose
-5.0
Today, within the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations, two tournament favourites - Ivory Coast and Nigeria - will play. Ivory Coast national team As hosts of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Ivory Coast team impressively started the tournament, defeating Guinea-Bissau 2:0. The match, which took place in a tense struggle, saw the first goal from Fofana, receiving a pass from Kessi in the 4th minute, and the second from Jean-Philippe Krasso, who scored in the 58th minute. Ivory Coast dominated the match, controlling the ball 61% of the time and striking 10 shots on target against 4 from the opposition. However, in the last 15 minutes, the "Elephants" relaxed, allowing the opponent to create a few moments. The defence of the Cte d'Ivoire team impresses with its quality, featuring famous players such as veterans Serge Aurier and Willy Boly, as well as new leaders - Odilon Kossounou from Bayer and Ousmane Diomand from "Sporting". The team also showcases talents such as Ebrima Ndicka from Roma and Wilfrid Singo from Monaco.The midfield of the Cte d'Ivoire team with the trio Sangar - Kessi Fofana is also impressive. Fofana takes charge of the creativity, while Kessi, formerly of Milan and Bara, adds intensity to the attack. The team's main star is Simon Adengra from Brighton; however, he might miss the start of the tournament due to an injury. In attack, there is Sebastien Haller, but he is in poor form, so it will likely be Jean-Philippe Krasso from Red Star Belgrade playing against Nigeria instead.Ivory Coast also demonstrated excellent results in previous matches, winning convincingly against Sierra Leone 5:1 in a friendly match on 6th January 2024, beating Gambia 2:0 in World Cup qualification on 20th November 2023, and crushing Seychelles 9:0 on 17th November 2023. Nigeria National Team Despite having one of the strongest teams in terms of names, Nigeria displayed weak game in the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations, drawing 1:1 with Equatorial Guinea. The team had to make up for a goal from Salvador, which was managed thanks to Victor Osimhen in the 38th minute after receiving a pass from the best player of the match, Lukman. The team's attack, with Iwobi, Simon, Chukwueze, and Onuachu, couldn't make more than 3-4 non-dangerous shots on goal from awkward positions.The Nigerian team hasn't won four matches in a row and performed poorly in World Cup qualifiers, losing on home ground against Guinea 8th January 2024 in a friendly match 0:2, and the start of the WC-26 qualification was extremely unsuccessful. The "Super Eagles" couldn't beat the weak team of Lesotho at home on 19th November 2023 and drew with Zimbabwe 1:1 on 16th November.In the defensive midfield, Nigeria has troubles without Ndidi, where either defender Awazim or Onyedika from Brugge plays. Midfielders Frank Onyeka and Joe Aribo, playing in England, are more focused on attack, but so far, it isn't yielding results. In attack, there's Musa, who hasn't been playing for several years now. Head to Head In the history of head-to-head matches between Nigeria and Ivory Coast since 2016, there haven't been any matches; however, Nigeria beat Ivory Coast 1:0 on 11th January 2016. On 11th January 2015, Ivory Coast defeated Nigeria with a score of 1:0. On 27th July 2013, Cte d'Ivoire won Nigeria with a score of 2:0. Prediction for the match Ivory Coast - Nigeria Nigeria has been playing poorly in the last few months, despite its strongest attack; the hosts from Ivory Coast clearly do not fall short in terms of the team and should show class on home turf, as they did in the first match. However, knowing the African teams, I won't bet on the "Elephants". Instead, I'll take the TO (total over) goals more than 1.5.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
Equatorial Guinea
Equatorial Guinea
4 : 2
18.01.2024
14:00
Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau
Handicap1 (0)
Odds: 1.75Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
win
+3.8
Today, within the framework of the second round of Group A at the Africa Cup of Nations, two Guineas will play against each other: Equatorial and Guinea-Bissau. Equatorial Guinea Team The Equatorial Guinea team began their performance at the Africa Cup of Nations by retaining a draw in the first round against the Nigeria team, ending the match with a score of 1:1. Interestingly, the team only made one shot on target, which turned out to be successful in the first half. Osimhen and his partners in the Nigerian team could not overcome the defence of Equatorial Guinea, which, despite a 0.28 xG (expected number of goals), took away an essential point.Equatorial Guinea's line-up does not stand out with bright European names and consists mainly of Spaniards with Equatorial Guinean roots, many of whom play in Spain's lower leagues. Of the leaders, it's worth mentioning the captain and local legend, former Premier League strikerEmilio Nsue, and the only goal against the Nigerians was scored byIban Salvador, who plays in Poland.Equatorial Guinea has an impressive streak of 11 matches without defeat in official games, including two encounters in the qualifying tournament for the 2023 World Cup. On 20 November 2023, the team defeated Liberia with a score of 1:0, and on 15 November 2023 over Namibia, also with a score of 1:0. Prior to the tournament, the team played one friendly match in which they also defeated Liberia with a score of 1:0. These results underline that, although the Equatorial Guinea team may not have star players, it is capable of demonstrating efficient and tenacious football, making it a potentially dangerous opponent at the Africa Cup of Nations. Guinea-Bissau Team At the Africa Cup of Nations, the Guinea-Bissau team suffered a defeat in the first round against the tournament hosts and one of the main favourites the Ivory Coast team, with a score of 0:2. Although the Guineans have created three dangerous moments since the score became 0:2, it is believed that Ivorians had relaxed by then, so the statistics in this match is not worth attention. The Guinea-Bissau team is coached by local legend Basiru Cand, who has brought the team to the ACN four times in a row. Before his arrival, the team never participated in the tournament. However, Guinea-Bissau has not yet won a single match in the main part of the tournament and never got out of the group stage.The main star of the team is Mama Balde, who is capable of playing both in the centre of attack and on the flank. In Troyes, he was the team's leader, but the level of Lyon is still beyond him, as he has not scored yet this season in Ligue 1. The team also includes players from leading European leagues, such as Metz central defender Fali Cand, who has even worn the colours of Benfica before, holding midfielder Alfa Semedo, and right back Nuno, who has experience playing for Porto.Before the Africa Cup of Nations, the team played one friendly match in which they were demolished by Mali with a score of 6:2 on 6 January 2024. But in qualifying for the World Cup, the team was able to avoid defeat twice: they won against Djibouti 1:0 on 17 November 2023, and drew 1:1 with Burkina Faso on 20 November 2023. These results underline that, although Guinea-Bissau is not a tournament favourite, the team has the potential to create surprises. Head-to-Head There have been two notable matches in the head-to-head history between the Equatorial Guinea and Guinea-Bissau teams. In the most recent of them, which took place on 23 March 2022, Guinea-Bissau took a convincing victory with a score of 3:0. In the previous match on 10 August 2011, Guinea-Bissau also showed a strong result, winning with a score of 4:1. Forecast for the MatchEquatorial Guinea - Guinea-Bissau The representatives of the Equatorial country looked good in defense in the first half in the first match, andGuinea-Bissau only began to show attacking football after the score became 0:2. Hosts have not lost since 2023 for 11 matches already and could take the win, I think, the match will be low scoring.
Soccer
CAF - Africa Cup of Nations
DR Congo
DR Congo
1 : 1
17.01.2024
20:00
Zambia
Zambia
Handicap2 (0)
Odds: 2.03Stake: 5/10
Pinnacle
win
+5.2
In the second Group F match of the Africa Cup of Nations, the teams of DR Congo and Zambia will compete. DR Congo National Team The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a strong roster, but has shown inconsistency recently. There are top league players in every line, especially in the defence, with standouts from the French league. The leopards have capable performers on the defensive flanks: Jdon Kalulu's brother from Lorient plays on the right, while Arthur Masuaku, formerly of the EPL, is on the left. However, key centre-back Chancel Mbemba lacks a decent partner; the other defenders come from French League 2 or from Scottish Premier League teams.Former Chelsea player Gal Kakuta is in a key midfield role and always plays as an attacking midfielder. Yoane Wissa of Brentford is a regular outfield presence. Theo Bongonda and Silas Katompa Mvumpa of Stuttgart are competing for a spot on the other flank. The team's main star in attack is experienced Cedric Bakambu, a former Villarreal player.Regarding DR Congo's recent performance, they suffered a defeat to Burkina Faso with a score of 1:2 on January 10, 2024. In a friendly match on January 6, 2024, they drew 0:0 with Angola. The team defeated Mauritania with a score of 2:0 on November 15, 2023, but suffered a loss against Sudan 1:0 in the World Cup qualifiers on November 19, 2023. These results indicate team's instability which may affect their performance in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations. Zambia National Team Zambia, which made a triumphant return to continental football by winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 under the leadership of Herv Renard, qualified under the management of Avram Grant, one of the most notable coaches in the tournament, 12 years after their triumph. With the Israeli coach at the helm, the Zambians have demonstrated exciting attacking play, netting 18 goals in 10 matches.In the latest matches, Zambia drew 1:1 with Cameroon on January 9, 2024. On November 21, 2023, the team suffered a loss against Niger with a score of 1:2, but earlier, they defeated Congo 4:2 in the World Cup qualifiers on October 17, 2023 and trounced Uganda 3:0 in a friendly match.The Zambian roster includes many former Russian league players, especially from Arsenal Tula, with three players. Stoppila Sunzu from China's Jinan club is a key veteran of the team, having netted the decisive penalty in the Africa Cup of Nations final. We have Kings Kangwa and Lameck Banda of Red Star also in the team.The star of the Zambian team is Leicester City's striker Patson Daka who is gearing up for a move into the Premier League from Championship. Not to forget the tantalising skills of the former Spartak legend, Fashion Sakala, now plying his trade in Saudi Arabia. Head-to-Head The teams last played against each other back in 2015, and they drew 1:1, while in 2009, the Congolese team had the upper hand with a score of 2:1. Match Prediction for DR Congo - Zambia DR Congo lost to Sudan in their last official match and looked weak in recent friendlies; the Zambians, with their strong attack under Avram Grant, may well grab some points. I'm favouring the visitors with a zero handicap.

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