The 2022 African Cup of Nations will prove to be a fun mix of strong teams, top players and tasty matches throughout January until early February.
The 33rd edition of the tournament has been postponed from the summer of 2021 and is now about to start. The tournament will be hosted by Cameroon and a total of 52 games will take place over 29 days.
The favorites to win the competition include Africa’s highest-ranking team in Senegal, which placed 20th in the latest FIFA rankings, plus defending the Algeria title, star-studded Egypt and a Moroccan team with a wealth of experience. Among the 24 qualified teams are 10 former event winners. There are also two debutants in the collection, with the Comoros and the Gambia competing in their first AFCON tournament.
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Below is all the information you need to compete, including how to watch, tournament schedules and favorite bets.
How to watch AFCON 2022
- Date: Sunday, January 9 to Sunday, February 6
- TV channel: beIN Sports, beIN Sports XTRA
- Television in Spanish: beIN Sports in Espanol, XTRA in Espanol
- Streaming: fuboTV, beIN Sports Connect and other platforms
- YouTube TV (only available in the optional sports package), Sling TV (available only in the additional sports package for Sling Orange)
The month-long Africa Cup of Nations will be available at beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol in the US and Canada. Some matches will also be broadcast on the beIN Sports XTRA’s free-to-air channel.
Fans have access to all beIN channels on fuboTV, which is available to new users through a free trial.
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BeIN streams are also available for Fanatiz users and YouTube TV (sports package) and Sling TV (sports package for Sling Orange). And because beIN XTRA is free, it is available on a number of other streaming platforms, including Roku and Pluto TV.
Key dates of AFCON 2022 tournaments
- Group stage, 1st round: Sun, January 9 – Wed, January 12
- Group stage, 2nd round: Thu 13 January – Sun 16 January
- Group stage, 3rd round: Mon, January 17 – Thu, January 20
- Round 16: Sun 23 January – Wednesday 26 January
- Quarterfinals: Sat 29 January – Sun 30 January
- Semifinal: Wed, February 2 – Thursday, February 3
- Final and match for 3rd place: Sun, February 6th
This tournament has a World Cup cadence with an intense period of 36 matches in the group phase, followed by eight days of elimination matches (14 matches), which will take us to the last day on Sunday, February 6. Before the championship match, the match for the 3rd place will take place as an appetizer.
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Favorites of the African Cup of Nations 2022 bets
Among the 24 teams that take part in the monthly tournament, the losers are obviously also favorites.
When deciding who to support, a look at the recent World Cup qualifiers is a great place to find out which teams are playing well and which have slipped. Morocco was the only team to win all six matches, although its group Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Sudan were less than demanding. AFCON hosts Cameroon, the popular Senegal and valuable Mali finished with five wins out of six qualifiers, while Egypt and Algeria finished without defeat with four wins and two draws.
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However, one team brimming with formal players not mentioned above is Ivory Coast. The elephants finished second in Qualifying Group D at the World Cup with a balance of 4-1-1 and lost only to the winners of the Cameroon Group with a score of 1-0, which eliminated Côte d’Ivoire and sent Cameroon to the final round of World Cup qualifiers.
Nevertheless, it is a nation that boasts incredible offensive talent. Sebastien Haller is perhaps the most formed player in the world, having scored 10 goals in six Group Champions League matches for Ajax and is supported by dribbling champions. Wilfried Zaha and Nicolas Pepe on the wings and in addition the Burnley wing Maxwel Cornet who was in good shape before the recent injury. The back line is also tested in battle Eric Bailly in central defense. Bailly was to work with the Wolves defender Willy Boly, but the injury forced him to withdraw from the team, meaning 21-year-old starter Bayer Leverkusen Odilon Kossounou takes over.
Finally, there is the center of the field, anchored by the partnership Jean-Michel Series and Franck Kessie (photo above), both are in great shape for their clubs Fulham and AC Milan. Add to the Eredivisie standout Ibrahim Sangare have a star season for PSV Eindhoven and on this side of elephants there are a lot of things that you like. They represent a great combination of value and form.
If you are looking for a tip at the top of the list, Algeria’s second favorite is also a team brimming with talent and could very well be repeated as a champion.
CHOICE: Ivory Coast to win (+750)
Here are the top 10 teams that are expected to win everything before the BetMGM courtesy of the tournament:
Popular for the top scorer of the African Cup of Nations 2022
Form is important for shooters heading to an international competition and there are only three players who excel in their recent club career: Mohamed Salah, Riyad Mahrez and Sebastien Haller.
Salah was in great club form, scoring or assisting in 15 Premier League games in a row, but he seemed to be tired in several games just before leaving for AFCON. Haller was also a scoring machine this season, with a staggering 10 goals in six Champions League group games against Ajax and another 12 in Eredivisie, which he played in 17 games.
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But neither of them is in particularly good goal form with their national teams, which matters the same. Haller has only eight national team matches and a 2: 1 win over Cameroon in the September World Cup qualifiers is two of his three national team goals. Salah, meanwhile, has not scored for the national team since marching against the humble Chambers.
It is Riyad Mahrez who is in a special form for the club and the country, which probably sets him apart. Mahrez has been strong in Manchester City lately, having scored four goals and three assists in the last four games. The 30-year-old has also been a central figure in the national team, having scored an amazing 11 goals in his last 11 matches for Algeria, dating back to October 2020. Mahrez will be ready to make it to the finals in the tournament with Algeria. , which gives him the maximum number of games to get the total winning number.
CHOICE: Riyad Mahrez (+800)
These were the 15 players with the shortest odds to win the top scorer at AFCON 2022 heading to the tournament, courtesy of BetMGM:
|Sebastien Haller||Ivory Coast||+1200|
|Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting||Cameroon||+2500|