There is another triple header day of action in the Africa Cup of Nations on Monday as another six teams get their competition underway out in Egypt. We see the opening games in Groups E one in Group D on a decent enough looking card.
By and large we’ve seen the big teams impress with victories to get their tournament underway and on Monday we will see the likes of Ivory Coast and Tunisia looking to follow suit but they have tricky encounters.
Ivory Coast vs South Africa (15.30)
When the draw for the first round of games was made the one which interested me the most was Monday’s starter which sees former winners Ivory Coast taking on South Africa. Ivory Coast are under pressure to show their worth here having not made it into the World Cup last summer.
The glory side of the Ivory Coast has begun to disband with the likes of Didier Drogba now a thing of the past and the current crop is struggling to assert its dominance in African football. Having missed out on the World Cup they could only finish second to Guinea in their qualifying group for this tournament. All eyes will be on the likes of Maxwel Cornet and Nicolas Pepe to see if the new generation can replicate that of the old.
South Africa are back at this level again and will be looking to put on a show but they are relative unknowns in this guise too so this opening match is one for me to watch and assess rather than anything else. I’ll sit this one out I think.
Tunisia vs Angola (18.00)
The second match of the day could be the most competitive one when Tunisia look to back up their performance at the World Cup last year when they host Angola in an interesting opening match in Group E.
The Tunisians will be expected to progress from this group but things aren’t always straightforward in their world and a tricky first game might not have been what they wanted. Angola have the potential to be a dangerous side as I highlighted in the outright preview. They won a group which contained Burkina Faso to qualify for this tournament, scoring nine goals in the process and had an eye catching win over Guinea-Bissau in preparation for this event.
Tunisia look a little short in this match for me. I think Angola will have a good bit to give here and that we can get them on a +0.75AH line makes me think they are the bet in this one. I respect Tunisia but I reckon Angola are the underrated dark horse of this thing. I’ll take them with the start.
Mali vs Mauritania (21.00)
The final match of another busy day in the tournament sees a Mali side who have seriously underachieved with the talent they have had at their disposal in recent years taking on the last of the debutants to get their competition underway in Mauritania.
You would think as debutants Mauritania would be cannon fodder in this tournament but much like with Madagascar earlier in the week some good judges are talking positively about this team so it will be interesting to see how they fare here. They have enough players plying their trade at a decent enough level in Europe to suggest they will be competitive. There is no lack of pace in this Mali side but whether there is the quality remains to be seen.
My gut feeling is that Mali are also a little too short here but I’ve not followed Mauritania enough to rely on a bet on them and their preparation suggests they could be hit or miss here. I’ll watch this one and just rely on the bet on Angola for the day’s betting activity.
WON – Back Angola (+0.75AH) to beat Tunisia for a 4/10 stake at 1.85 with Betfred
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