Africa Cup of Nations 2021 daily fixtures and tips
Africa Cup of Nations 2021 daily fixtures and tips

Africa Cup of Nations 2021 daily fixtures and tips


The Africa Cup of Nations is into the knockout stages, but who is playing today? We go through the daily fixtures while selecting a best bet for the day's play.

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Football betting tips: AFCON 2021

1pt Gambia to score in 90 minutes v Cameroon at 6/5 (General)

1pt Burkina Faso to win Draw no Bet in 90 minutes v Tunisia at 13/10 (Unibet, MansionBet)

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Gambia v Cameroon

Gambia have exceeded all expectations by getting to the quarter finals of this AFCON tournament, the team ranked 150 in FIFA's World Rankings punching well above their weight.

Their 1-0 win over Guinea in the last 16, which proved profitable for this column, saw them take their only big chance of the game, with the minnows allowing only one big chance at the other end.

Undoubtedly, Gambia have excelled defensively in this competition, keeping three clean sheets and conceding just one goal from a penalty, but they face a stiff task at this stage.

The AFCON hosts Cameroon have looked like arguably the best attacking team at the competition, scoring in every game and racking up a host of chances in their last 16 tie with Comoros.

It will be difficult for Gambia to slow their opponents down, but defensively Cameroon have looked vulnerable, mainly due to their attack-minded approach.

They have conceded in all four games at AFCON, and two of the four sides they have faced rank outside the top 130 in FIFA's rankings.

So, a small wager is advised on backing GAMBIA TO SCORE IN 90 MINUTES.

Cameroon play in such an expansive manner that Gambia should get a few chances, and so far this tournament they have made no mistake in taking them.

Score prediction: Gambia 1-2 Cameroon (Sky Bet odds: 8/1)

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Burkina Faso v Tunisia

Burkina Faso needed penalties to get past Gabon in the last 16, but were very unfortunate to not win the game before spot-kicks, as they created by far the better chances.

That has been the case in all of their AFCON matches bar the opener against hosts Cameroon, and if they continue in the same manner they should create chances in this game.

Tunisia defied a mass Covid-19 outbreak in the last round to beat Nigeria, winning 1-0 despite a decimated starting XI and coaching bench.

They were extremely fortunate to get the better of the Super Eagles in regulation, creating next to nothing in the way of chances.

That has been case for Tunisia all tournament bar a 4-0 thrashing of minnows Mauritania, with attacking struggles seeing them lose to both Mali and Gambia in the group stage.

There were question marks around their prospects heading into this tournament, and the performances Tunisia have displayed give no confidence they can be trusted as favourites in this game.

Opposing them is the way to go then, and I'll do that by backing BURKINA FASO TO WIN DRAW NO BET IN 90 MINUTES.

This bet means we get a nice winner should Burkina Faso, who have looked the better of the two sides through this tournament so far, win the match in 90 minutes, but we also get the security of money back if the game ends all square and goes to extra-time.

Score prediction: Burkina Faso 1-0 Tunisia (Sky Bet odds: 6/1)

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Football betting tips: AFCON 2021

1.5pts Senegal to win to nil in 90 minutes v Equatorial Guinea at 21/20 (Coral)

1pt Morocco to keep a clean sheet in 90 minutes v Egypt at 6/5 (Coral)

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Egypt v Morocco

Egypt caused somewhat of an upset in the last round by knocking out Ivory Coast on penalties, but again they struggled to create good scoring chances.

The Pharaoh's have had issues in forward areas, lacking fluidity and creativity, which is why they haven't looked overly convincing despite reaching the quarter-finals.

Defensively though, Carlos Queiroz's side have been excellent, keeping three straight clean sheets after losing their AFCON opener to Nigeria 1-0.

Morocco came from behind to beat Malawi in the last 16, deservedly winning and progressing.

They were utterly dominant in that game, being unfortunate to concede from a 40-yard wonder-strike, before racking up numerous chances.

In my mind, Morocco are rightly favourites to win this game and progress to the semi-final, but given the number of knockout games that have finished level after 90 minutes in this tournament, I won't be backing them to win this game.

Instead, given the attacking issues plaguing Egypt, and a generally stubborn Morocco backline, backing MOROCCO TO KEEP A CLEAN SHEET appeals.

This bet would have won in 11 of Morocco's last 15 games across all competition, while Egypt have failed to score in four of their last six.

Score prediction: Egypt 0-1 Morocco (Sky Bet odds: 9/2)

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Senegal v Equatorial Guinea

Pre-tournament favourites Senegal are still yet to catch fire, beating nine-man Cape Verde in the last round 2-0 and in doing so scoring their first open-play goals of the tournament

While they haven't looked razor sharp in attack, defensively they have looked excellent.

Senegal dominate the football and win it back so quickly that their opponents don't really get a chance to attack, which is why they are yet to concede at AFCON.

Equatorial Guinea, ranked 114th in the world, have exceeded all expectations by reaching this stage.

They needed penalties to get past Mali in the last 16 stage, creating next to nothing throughout the 120 minutes, and that has been the case throughout their competition so far.

Granted, they have faced stiff competition in the form of Ivory Coast, Algeria and Mali, but it doesn't get any easier here, facing arguably the best team on the continent currently.

This is expected to be a backs-against-the-wall job for the minnows, a question of can they hang on, meaning SENEGAL WIN TO NIL IN 90 MINUTES looks a solid proposition.

It is likely to be a case of whether Senegal breach Equatorial Guinea, as I don't see the favourites conceding, and the chances are high that they can sneak another low-scoring win.

Score prediction: Senegal 1-0 Equatorial Guinea (Sky Bet odds: 6/1)

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