Soccer Best Bets: Senegal Tops Odds to Win Africa Cup of Nations

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There has been a shakeup at the top of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nation odds as the group stage comes to a close. Following the stunning elimination of defending champions Algeria, who have been bounced from the tournament with a winless run in group stage action, a three-way race has emerged. Despite their uninspired performance in Group B action, Senegal now sit perched as 5.00 favourites to claim their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title. Tournament hosts Cameroon have climbed to a 5.50 bet, and sit along with a surprising squad from Nigeria as co-second favourites.

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Senegal Benefiting from Algeria’s Ouster

Deadlined by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finally kicked off earlier this month. This year’s edition of the tournament has lived up to its promise, with 24 nations battling it out for the title of Africa’s top squad. The group stage provided sports bettors with plenty of surprises. Most notable among them is the disappointing performance of defending champions and tourney-opening favourites Algeria, who scored just one total goal during a 0-1-2 win-draw-loss run that ended with the last-place finish on the Group E table.

With Algeria bowing out, the path is clear for Senegal to lay claim to their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations title. Runners up at the last edition of this tournament in 2019, the Lions of Teranga sport an incredibly deep lineup populated with players from an array of top-flight clubs, led by Liverpool FC’s Sadio Mane.

Winner of the EPL Golden Boot in 2019, Mane has helped the Reds stay within striking distance of Manchester City, who are dominating the Premier League futures. However, he has yet to spark a Senegalese attack that produced just one total goal while going 1-2-0 in Group B action. However, Senegal enjoys the benefit of a favourable round of 16 matchups. The team will face Cape Verde, who finished tops among third-place squads, but trails as a distant 81.00 bet on the tournament futures.

Egypt Need Salah to Show Up

The other big disappointment in group stage action was the play of Egypt. Led by another Liverpool superstar, Mo Salah, the Egyptians opened the tournament perched among the betting favourites. But the team has fallen to a lengthy +1200 bet after mustering just two total goals while struggling to a second-place finish behind Nigeria on the Group D table.

Of course, Egypt’s fade presents intriguing opportunities for value-seeking sports bettors. While the team remains far from the deepest in this tournament, they still feature arguably the best player in the world in Salah. The 29-year-old is poised to claim Premier League Golden Boot honours for the third time in his career after scoring 16 goals through his first 20 league matches. However, the Egyptians need Salah to rediscover his scoring touch before a tough date with Ivory Coast in the round of 16.

Cameroon, Nigeria Seize Cinderella Role

The two biggest surprises at the top of the Africa Cup of Nations odds have to be the rise of Cameroon and Nigeria. An ageing Cameroon squad enjoyed generous opening odds as short as 10.00, largely due to their status as the host nation. However, they have silenced the naysayers by going undefeated in their charge to the top of the Group A table. Now set to face tournament longshots Comoros in the round of 16, and featuring the tournament’s leading goalscorer Vincent Aboubakar, Cameroon has firmly entrenched themselves as a fixture at the top of the odds board.

Little was also expected from Nigeria, who was listed in the middle of the pack on the tourney’s opening odds, but emerged as title threats after filling the net in group stage action. The Super Eagles have gotten contributions from up and down the lineup while potting a tournament-high six goals in group stage action. Nigeria also sports a tournament-leading +5 goal differential. However, they are a risky wager in a round of 16 clashes with Tunisia, who have allowed just 10 total goals in their past 15 non-friendly matches.