Who will win AFCON 2022? Favorite bets, group winners and futures odds

The 2022 African Cup of Nations is scheduled to begin on January 9, about six months later than originally planned, but the tournament is finally here.

The players left their club teams to travel to Africa for the competition and will start training with their national teams before the start of the tournament. After two matches on the opening day, three or four matches will take place in the group stage on the day of the match.

The first two teams in each of the six groups will advance to the elimination phase along with the top four teams in third place according to points. The elimination phase begins on January 23 and is a quick turnaround for each subsequent round, with the quarterfinals on January 29, the semifinals on February 2 and the championships and third place matches on February 6.

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AFCON 2022: Who will win it all?

The tournament field is wide open. Of the 24 teams that qualified for the tournament, seven packed the qualification without a loss. And the qualification was tight, in 10 of the 11 qualification groups only a one- or two-point difference was decisive. The teams fought for AFCON beds until the last day.

Algeria is a defending champion led by Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City, who was sometimes unplayable in 2019. However, they will face stiff competition Egypt As well as Senegal , both led by Liverpool stars (Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane).

The Ivory Coast The team has a number of well – known names and Morocco is the captain of the dedicated Wolves Romain Saiss. Nigeria he ruled in qualifying, but will be without his biggest star in Cameroon: Naples striker Victor Osimhen, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is still recovering from a serious facial injury.

Here are the top 10 teams that are expected to win everything with the odds with the permission of DraftKings and BetMGM:

Nation BetMGM DraftKings
Senegal +350 (from +550) +400 (from +450)
Algeria +450 (from +600) +450 (from +550)
Egypt +750 (from +600) +800 (from +650)
Ivory Coast +750 (unchanged) +700 (from +800)
Morocco +850 (from +900) +800 (unchanged)
Nigeria +1000 (from +800) +1000 (unchanged)
Cameroon +850 (from +800) +850 (from +1000)
Tunisia +2200 (from +1600) +2000 (from +1400)
Ghana +1600 (from +1400) +1400 (no change)
Mali +2200 (unchanged) +2000 (from +1800)

The BetMGM and DraftKings futures markets also include odds for teams to reach the finals. These are basically the odds of winning a trophy reduced by half:

Nation BetMGM DraftKings
Senegal +185 (from +250) +190
Algeria +220 (from +275) +250
Egypt +350 (from +275) +300
Ivory Coast +333 (from +325) +380
Morocco +350 (from +400) +380
Nigeria +400 (from +350) +450
Cameroon +350 (unchanged) +450
Tunisia +1000 (from +800) +650
Ghana +750 (from +700) +650
Mali +1100 (unchanged) +850

AFCON 2022 group winners

The odds for the group winners are available through DraftKings and BetMGM, with the odds of the last bookmaker listed below. (Chances are about group victory, not group promotion.)

In addition to being a slight favorite to win in all, Senegal is also a big favorite at the top of Group B (-550). Algeria, Egypt and Morocco have a longer chance of winning their group due to the quality of the opponent they will face.

Group A Cameroon (-200) Burkina Faso (+300) Cape Verde (+500) Ethiopia (+2500)
Group B Senegal (-550) Guinea (+500) Zimbabwe (+1600) Malawi (+2200)
Group C Morocco (-145) Ghana (+180) Gabon (+550) Comoros (+4000)
Group D Egypt (-145) Nigeria (+115) Guinea-Bissau (+2200) Sudan (+4000)
Group E Algeria (-200) Ivory Coast (+150) eq. Guinea (+3300) Sierra Leone (+4000)
Group F Tunisia (-185) Mali (+150) Gambia (+2000) Mauritania (+3300)

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Top scorer AFCON 2022

In January this year, there are a lot of domestic names among the star-studded teams in Africa.

No one in the tournament has more international goals than Liverpool Mohamed Salah . The Algerian attack is full, the Man City attack Riyad Mahrez he joined Baghdad Bounedjah who scored four goals in qualifying and owns an incredible goal record with the Qatari club Al-Sadd, scoring 128 goals in 108 matches.

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Ivory Coast also has a number of key players in front of the net, such as the well-formed Ajax man Sebastien Haller a pair of Premier League wingers joins the Elephants attack Nicolas Pepe and Wilfried Zaha. Haller has 12 goals in 17 Eredivisie games this season, but more impressive is that he has scored an incredible 10 times in six Champions League group matches, as Ajax has set a perfect record in the group stage.

Here are the 18 players with the shortest odds of winning the top scorer at AFCON 2022, courtesy of BetMGM and DraftKings:

Player Earth BetMGM DraftKings
Mohamed Salah Egypt +350 +400
Sadio Mane Senegal +700 +700
Riyad Mahrez Algeria +800 +900
Islam Slimani Algeria +1100 +800
Sebastien Haller Ivory Coast +1200 +1400
Vincent Aboubakar Cameroon +1200 +1600
Kelechi Iheanacho Nigeria +1400 +1400
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Gabon +1600 +3500
Baghdad Bounedjah Algeria +2000 (from +1800) +2200
Keita Balde Senegal +2000 +4000
Youssef En-Nesyri Morocco +2500 +3500
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Cameroon +2500 +2800
Odion Ighalo Nigeria +2500 +2800
Taiwo Awoniyi Nigeria +2500 +2500
Andre Ayew Ghana +2500 +3500
Nicolas Pepe Ivory Coast +5000 +2500
Ibrahima Kone Mali +3300 +2800
Famara Diedhiou Senegal ON +2800

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