In the vibrant world of international football, the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) presents a thrilling encounter as DR Congo and Zambia prepare to clash in their Group F opener. This match promises to be a strategic battle, with both teams possessing equal potential to secure the coveted second spot in a group that includes the formidable Morocco and the underdogs, Tanzania. Fans eagerly anticipate a game where cautious tactics might prevail, but the possibility of an unexpected twist always looms.
Shifting focus to the domestic front, the FA Cup offers its own drama as Blackpool prepares to host Nottingham Forest in a replay that stirs memories of last season’s 4-1 triumph. Blackpool’s impressive home record suggests they could repeat history, but Forest, under Nuno Espirito Santo, might have different plans. With their attention possibly split due to an upcoming Premier League fixture, this match could unfold into an intense battle, potentially stretching into extra time.
Both matches are top clashes featuring stars from all over the world. However, as bettors, what matters most is what are the most likely outcome for these games. Also, Not just on these two games, TopbetsSA picks the top five betting fixtures you can place your money on, plus extra tips for our readers.
Congo DR vs Zambia
In the upcoming AFCON Group F clash, DR Congo and Zambia seem poised for a deadlock. Both teams, evenly matched, will likely vie for the runner-up spot in a group featuring Morocco, a World Cup semi-finalist, and Tanzania, the underdogs. Given their history of cautious play, neither side appears eager to risk much, aiming instead to advance from the group stage through their other matches.
Zambia’s Chipolopolo, known for drawing in AFCON finals, have recorded six stalemates in their last seven tournament appearances. Despite this tendency towards draws, Zambia’s attack, spearheaded by Leicester’s Patson Daka, could pose a threat. Daka, with six goals in his last four national appearances, might just break through DR Congo’s defence. Although a low-scoring draw seems likely, Daka’s recent form suggests he could be a decisive factor in the match.
In recent matches across all competitions, DR Congo has experienced a series of draws, with three in their last six games. Zambia’s record in AFCON finals mirrors this pattern, having drawn six out of their last seven. Additionally, Zambia managed a 1-1 draw against Cameroon in their last friendly before the tournament.
Tip: We expect a Draw
Blackpool vs Nottingham Forest
Blackpool’s recent performance at Nottingham Forest was less than stellar, with a significant disparity in shots and possession. Despite these challenges, they managed to secure a replay. At Bloomfield Road, their fortunes have been markedly better, boasting nine wins in their last ten games, including a seven-game winning streak. Their previous encounter with Forest in the FA Cup’s same stage resulted in a convincing 4-1 victory, hinting at potential success in the upcoming match.
Forest’s recent FA Cup replay history isn’t encouraging, with two consecutive losses. Their away record this season further dampens expectations, with only two wins in ten matches. Under Nuno Espirito Santo, Forest has shown improvement, yet his focus might lean more towards Premier League commitments than the FA Cup, especially with a crucial match against Brentford looming. Despite a large squad that could still perform well, Blackpool, buoyed by their home crowd, appears to have the upper hand in progressing to the fourth round.
Last season, Blackpool triumphed over Nottingham Forest in this very matchup with a 4-1 victory, suggesting they’re a strong bet to advance again. Their impressive record of nine wins in their last ten home games positions them favorably against Forest. While the match might extend into extra-time, Forest’s focus could be divided, considering their upcoming significant game against Brentford.
Tip: Nottingham Forest to win
Below are our top five betting fixtures for Wednesday;
5️⃣ Top five selections – Over 2.5
- Everton vs. Crystal Palace
- Valencia v Celta Vigo
- NEC Nijmegen v Go Ahead Eagles
- PSV Eindhoven v FC Twente
- Sydney W v Central Coast M
Five Picks – BTTS
- AS Eupen U21 v Lierse K. U21
- Bnei Sakhnin v Maccabi Haifa
- Clivense v Real Calepina
- Siracusa v Sancataldese
- Montego Bay v Lime Hall Acade
Five – Wins (Winning team in Bold)
- Piacenza vs. F. Caratese
- Citta di Varese v Borgosesia
- Castellanzese v Khroub
- AS Eupen U21 v Lierse K. U21
- Juventus v Sao Bento
You can also check out our Rugby predictions.
Expert in sports content and a lover of football. I’ve written various content, tips, and reviews of various betting platforms. Also, I’m a Chelsea fan who watches and follows many European leagues and equally follows Nigerian & South Africa leagues.