Overview of our 2023 AFCON predictions
Senegal won the 2021 (2022) Africa Cup of Nations as they defeated Senegal by a goal to nil. The 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations is contested among 24 teams and will take place in January 2024 in the Ivory Coast — that’s why the tournament is also called the 2024 AFCON. Another name for the event is “CAN” (Coupe d’Afrique des Nations).
The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification is organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to decide the participating teams for the final part. A total of 52 teams enter the AFCON qualifiers, including the hosts, as they are seeded based on the FIFA rankings. The top two teams in each group qualify for the main stage.
Each of the six groups of the 2023 AFCON final stage contains four teams. The top two from each group and the best four third-placed teams advance to the knockouts.
The AFCON play-offs begin with the Round of 16. After that, there are the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Takebet South Africa publishes AFCON betting tips on big group-stage games involving Nigeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Algeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Senegal and Cameroon. We drop African Cup of Nations 2023 predictions for all games of the play-offs and almost all group stage matches and finish this venture with our predictions for the finals!
Nigeria is the fourth most successful team in the history of AFCON, with three titles. The Super Eagles finished third during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament as the eventual winners, Algeria, in the semi-finals knocked them out. However, the Nigerian national soccer team got a 1-0 win over Tunisia in the third-place knockouts and secured the bronze.
Nigeria is sure to be heavily featured in the Africa Cup of Nations predictions on Takebet South Africa.
Kelechi Iheanacho has been brilliant for Leicester City. The Nigerian international was one of their best players in the 2020-21 season, as he was instrumental in the second half of the season. Iheanacho scored 12 league goals that season, overperforming his expected goals of 8.20.
Ahmed Musa is one of history’s greatest and most popular Nigerian soccer players. Musa is the first Nigerian player to score more than once in a World Cup match and the first Nigerian player to score in two World Cup competitions. Musa is the most capped Nigerian player of all time, too.
Other key players of Nigeria apart from Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa:
- Alex Iwobi
- William Troost-Ekong
- Leon Balogun
- Wilfred Ndidi
- Samuel Chukwueze
- Taiwo Awoniyi
- Peter Olayinka
Senegal won the 2021 CAF Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history after finishing as runners-up in 2002 and 2019. Last time, Senegal got a 1-0 win over Tunisia in the semi-finals but suffered a 0-1 defeat to Algeria in the final match of the African Cup of Nations.
We cover Senegal in the AFCON predictions on Takebet South Africa.
Sadio Mane is one of the best players in the world right now. The Senegalese international won the 2019 African Player of the Year award after an impressive season with Liverpool and the national team. Mane was the second-highest goalscorer in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with three goals. The Senegal winger scored 11 goals in the Premier League 2020-21 season while providing seven assists.
Idrissa Gana Gueye is one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe. The Paris Saint-Germain player has been great since he joined from Everton.
Other key players of Senegal apart from Sadio Mane and Idrissa Gana Gueye:
- Edouard Mendy
- Kalidou Koulibaly
- Cheikhou Kouyate
- Nampalys Mendy
- Ismaila Sarr
- Boulaye Dia
Egypt has won the most CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles (7), the latest being in 2010. The Pharaohs dominated African soccer for a long time as they had a solid squad. However, South Africa knocked Egypt out of the 2019 AFCON Round of 16.
Mohamed Salah was the best player in the Premier League last season and has been incredible since he joined Liverpool. Salah has scored the most goals in the Champions League in Liverpool’s history. The Egyptian international scored 22 goals in the Premier League 2020-21 season, overperforming his expected goals of 19.32.
Mohamed Eleny is a midfielder playing for Arsenal and is instrumental to the national team.
Other key players of Egypt apart from Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Eleny:
- Omar Marmoush
- Mostafa Mohamed
- Marwan Hamdy
- Emam Ashour
- Hamdi Fathi
Algeria won the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations as they defeated Senegal in the final by a goal to nil. The Foxes are on a sensational unbeaten run, with 39 matches without losses. Algeria has won two Africa Cup of Nations titles in their history, the first in 1990.
Experts explore the matches of Algeria in CAN predictions of Takebet South Africa.
Riyad Mahrez finished 20th in the Ballon d’Or ranking after an impressive season with Manchester City. The Algerian international had nine goals in the Premier League 202-21 season, overperforming his expected goals of 4.71. In addition, he provided six assists while creating 50 chances.
Said Benrahma has been brilliant since he joined West Ham in 2020.
Other key players of Algeria apart from Riyad Mahrez and Said Benrahma:
- Islam Slimani
- Yacine Brahimi
- Adam Ounas
- Ismael Benacer
- Youcef Atal
- Baghdad Bounedjah
Ivory Coast has won two CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles, the last being in 2015. However, Algeria knocked the Elephants out in the quarter-finals of the 2019 AFCON.
Our CAN betting tips feature games of the Ivorian team.
Sebastien Haller has been incredible since he joined Ajax after a poor spell with West Ham.
Wilfred Zaha has been one of Ivory Coast’s best players in years, too.
Other key players of Ivory Coast apart from Sebastien Haller and Wilfred Zaha:
- Nicolas Pepe
- Maxwel Cornet
- Serge Aurier
- Eric Bailly
- Franck Kessie
- Jeremie Boga
Cameroon is the second most successful team in the history of the competition. The Indomitable Lions have won the second most CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles (5), with the latest in 2017. However, Nigeria knocked Cameroon out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in the Round of 16.
AFCON soccer predictions of Takebet South Africa feature fixtures of the Cameroonian team.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting joined Bayern Munich from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2020. The Cameroon international has scored 17 goals in 44 appearances for Bayern.
Vincent Aboubakar has been incredible for Cameroon, too.
Other key players of Cameroon apart from Eric Choupo-Moting and Vincent Aboubakar:
- Toko-Ekambi Karl
- Zambo Anguissa
- Andre Onana
- Bahoken Stephaine
- Kunde Malong
- Jean Onana
Ghana is the third most successful in the competition’s history. The Black Stars have won the third-most CAF Africa Cup of Nations titles (4), with the last one being in 1982. Tunisia knocked Ghana out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in the Round of 16.
Jordan Ayew is vital for the Ghana national team and Crystal Palace.
Thomas Partey joined Arsenal in the summer of 2020 and has become key for the club. The Ghanaian international scored essential goals during the World Cup qualifiers.
Other key players of Ghana apart from Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey:
- Andre Ayew
- Kamaldeen Sulemana
- Mohammed Kudus
- Daniel Amartey
- Piantsil Joseph
- Gideon Mensah
Zimbabwe is yet to win the CAF Africa Cup of Nations title. The Warriors failed to make it to the knockout stages of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after they finished last in the group.
Tino Kadewere has been brilliant since returning to Lyon soccer club from Le Havre.
Other key players of Zimbabwe apart from Tino Kadewere:
- Kelvin Madzongwe
- Never Tigere
- Kundai Benyu
- David Moyo
- Knowledge Musona
- Admiral Muskwe
Latest betting odds of 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
Takebet South Africa publishes free Africa Cup of Nations betting tips on future tournament events like the team to win the title, the teams to qualify for the final and the highest goalscorer. To get these predictions right, we analyse outright odds and soccer statistics.
Two favourites to win the 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations are Senegal and Algeria. That said, the chances of the top 10 squads are close, with many teams having a shot.
CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023 winner betting odds:
- Senegal — 5.00 (+400 American; 4/1 Fractional)
- Algeria — 6.50 (+550; 11/2)
- Ivory Coast — 9.00 (+800; 8/1)
- Cameroon — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
- Egypt — 10.00 (+900; 9/1)
- Morocco — 11.00 (+1000; 10/1)
- Nigeria — 12.00 (+1100; 11/1)
- Ghana — 13.00 (+1200; 12/1)
- Zimbabwe — 101.00 (+10000; 100/1)
One can also bet on the team to reach the final match of the 2023 AFCON.
CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023 teams to reach the final betting odds:
- Senegal — 2.88 (+188 American; 15/8 Fractional)
- Algeria — 3.10 (+210; 21/10)
- Ivory Coast — 4.20 (+320; 16/5)
- Cameroon — 4.50 (+350; 7/2)
- Egypt — 5.00 (+400; 4/1)
- Morocco — 5.00 (+400; 4/1)
- Nigeria — 5.00 (+400; 4/1)
- Ghana — 6.00 (+500; 5/1)
- Zimbabwe — 34.00 (+3300; 33/1)
They award the Africa Cup of Nations Golden Boot to the player that scored the most goals in the competition. Odion Ighalo won the award of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with five goals. Samuel Eto’o is the top goalscorer in the Africa Cup of Nations with 18 goals.
CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2023 top goalscorer betting odds:
- Mohamed Salah — 5.00 (+400 American; 4/1 Fractional)
- Riyad Mahrez — 9.00 (+800; 8/1)
- Sadio Mane — 9.50 (+850; 17/2)
- Sebastien Haller — 13.00 (+1200; 12/1)
- Islam Slimani — 15.00 (+1400; 14/1)
- Kelechi Iheanacho — 17.00 (+1600; 16/1)
Coverage of CAF Africa Cup of Nations betting tips
To start with, Takebet South Africa drops predictions for big games during the tournament group stage. Aside from that, we publish Africa Cup of Nations tips on all knockout fixtures in the Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and the final match itself.
We pick two types of bets for AFCON 2023 predictions — singles and accumulators, which consist of multiple selections.
Read on to know more!
AFCON game predictions and outrights
Takebet South Africa delivers AFCON match predictions for all big games during the group stage, with participating teams such as Senegal, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe and some others. Our match betting tips are in-depth articles that recap results and stats, showcase trends, and pinpoint bets. These articles usually come one or two days before any match.
Outright betting picks come one or two weeks before the start of the competition. They cover such bets as the team to claim the title, the teams to qualify for the play-offs and to win their groups, the best goalscorer and more.
Betting markets and odds of predictions
The African experts of Takebet South Africa go far and wide when selecting our Africa Cup of Nations predictions. So naturally, some bets offer more value than others, and we strive to find the most valuable while analysing outcomes, goals, handicaps, player props, and all else.
Some betting markets our experts use for the predictions:
- Handicaps (European and Asian)
- Double chance
- Draw no bet
- Correct score
- Over/under goals
- Players to score a goal
- Bets on corners, free kicks, cards and more
Our betting tips differ in odds. Singles which have the lowest margins range from 1.50 (-200 American; 1/2 Fractional) to 3.00 (+200; 2/1), while accumulators reach 10.00 (+900; 9/1). However, if the team of Takebet South Africa sees fit, we may offer odds lower or higher.
2023 AFCON qualifiers
The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification stage takes place from 23 March 2022 to September 2023. It is contested among 54 African national teams, with the best 24 set to qualify for the main tournament. First, there is the preliminary round of two legs. Then, there is the group stage, with 48 teams divided into 12 groups, four teams in each group.
Takebet always predicts the Africa Cup of Nations qualification, choosing games of a decisive nature and clashes of top squads.
We start publishing our AFCON qualifiers predictions before the group stage.
2023 AFCON group stage
A total of 24 teams will participate in the 2023 African Cup of Nations group stage. While trying to predict as many matches as possible, we focus on providing Africa Cup of Nations tips on games with tournament favourites participating and those that decide either who wins a group or who qualifies for the CAN knockout stage.
2023 AFCON: Round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals
AFCON play-off predictions are the main treat for the community of Takebet South Africa. The knockout stage of the CAN includes the Round of 16, the quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final match. Our African experts offer previews and predictions for play-offs of the Africa Cup of Nations, analysing and predicting each game in the most detailed fashion.
2023 AFCON final
The Africa Cup of Nations final is set to take place in January 2023. This match is always at the centre of our attention when offering betting tips. Our experts literally disassemble the AFCON final game and the teams participating: we depict key past results, vital team stats and betting trends pointing to the most valuable bet.
How our experts analyse Africa Cup of Nations
On Takebet South Africa, we rely on AFCON betting odds and statistical data to understand the approximate probabilities of events, find value in the odds, and place efficient bets.
Here are some soccer stats our experts use for the AFCON betting tips:
- Big chances
- Expected goals (xG)
- Shots on/off-target
- Shots conceded
- Ball possession percentages
The Africa Cup of Nations is a physical tournament with players competing in duels. The goal difference is tiny on most occasions, with the scores like 1-0 or 2-0 being more common due to the comparable level of strength among most of the top teams.
Algeria won the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations as they showed their resilience in attacking and defending. The Foxes used a 4-1-2-3 formation with the full-backs allowed to push high up the pitch but sometimes changed to 4-5-1 without the ball. They attack and defend in style: with the full-backs high up the pitch, they have a lot of attacking prowess to use, including Mahrez, and can drop to a 4-5-1 defensive approach.
Senegal plays with two defensive midfielders, Gueye and Ndiaye, holding the middle of the park. However, when they play a 4-2-3-1 formation, they have Sadio Mane and Ismaila Sarr on the wings as significant threats.
To win competitions, teams must be strong defensively and attacking-wise, too, as they must be able to win duels and score while keeping control of the game.
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