The African Cup of Nations kicks off later today with plenty of recognisable names on show over the next month. It is noticable that the bookmakers have shied away from the likes of the total red cards and tournament goals markets and have focused on the outrights and individual game betting.
SENEGAL have come to prominence in recent days, thanks largely to the signing by Newcastle United of Papiss Demba Cisse. It goes without saying that Demba Ba has also made a huge impact for the same club in the Premiership this season. Indeed, if Senegal’s strike quartet was part of either the Ghanaian or Ivory Coast squads, we may have just as well proceeded to the trophy presentation. The Lions of Teranga open their campaign against Zambia in what promises to be an emotional affair. Boylesports were out on their own with an over 1.5 goals quote of 1/2. Given the calibre of Senegal’s attacking players ably supported by Diame of Wigan and N’daw of Birmingham, once into rhythm they should be able to breach the defence of a team ranked number 71 in the World rankings. Senegal’s longer term prospects will be determined by their ability or otherwise to maintain discipline. A possible semi-final meeting against an organised and tournament experienced Ghana will test their mettle.
GHANA will bring their qualities as ever and they would be more strongly fancied if there was an alternative source of goals to the enimatic Gyan. The IVORY COAST find themselves in the other half of the draw. They remain strong in every department with a plethora of inform players. Complacency is probably their biggest obstacle on the road to the final.
Recommended bet: Senegal/Zambia over 1.5 goals at 1/2.