The first stage of the Africa Cup of Nations draws to a close on Tuesday evening when the last two groups are completed in what could be a dramatic night of football given the current status of both tables are two sets of fixtures.
The defending champions Cameroon will be out to seal their group on Tuesday and follow the likes of Egypt, Algeria and Morocco to have done so before them. After that the tightest group of the lot comes to an end so we’re set for a decent evening.
Group F (17.00)
Benin vs Cameroon
Guinea-Bissau vs Ghana
There is all to play for in this group on Tuesday evening. Cameroon are the only side who know they are through in it but they need to avoid defeat to Benin to come in the top two and only a win will guarantee them topping the table. A draw for Benin would see them through as a best third placed side while Ghana will also progress if they avoid losing their match against Guinea-Bissau which shouldn’t be beyond them.
I hate betting on matches where the draw is a live runner and it suits both sides so that is a concern in the Cameroon match. I expect Ghana to see off Guinea-Bissau but this group has been tight right from the outset and I’m not expecting anything to change now. If forced I would probably back Ghana but as it is I’ll wait for the other group.
Group E (20.00)
Angola vs Mali
Mauritania vs Tunisia
The final group to finish on Tuesday night is Group E which is still pretty complicated. Mali know they are going through and if they beat Angola then they will top the group while an Angola win in that match could see them top the table if they better Tunisia’s result on the same night. Tunisia will top the group if they beat Mauritania by more than Angola beat Mali so this one has the potential to get a little complicated.
I’m on Angola to win this group so I really hope they have got a big win in them but the fact that a draw gets them into the knockout stages concerns me I must admit. That means I’m going to leave that match alone and go with the other one where I’m expecting Tunisia to do a bit of a job on a Mauritania side who have looked out of their depth so far. To be fair Tunisia haven’t shown up in this tournament to date but I can’t see them not winning this. The Asian lines on this one is -1 for Tunisia so any win gets us our money back. I think it will be a little more comfortable than that though.
Back Tunisia (-1) to beat Mauritania for a 4/10 stake at 1.95 with Betfred
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