In the upcoming African Cup of Nations, two highly anticipated matches are set to take place, showcasing the dynamic and competitive nature of African football. The first match features Senegal, the reigning champions, who have demonstrated remarkable skill and determination throughout the tournament. They are set to face off against Ivory Coast, a team with a rich footballing history but currently facing challenges both on and off the field. This clash is poised to be a test of resilience for Ivory Coast and a chance for Senegal to further assert their dominance in African football.
The second match puts the spotlight on Cape Verde, a team that has been impressively consistent in their offensive play, against Mauritania, an underdog with newfound confidence following a historic win. Cape Verde’s relentless attacking prowess will be up against Mauritania’s defense, which has shown vulnerability in recent matches. This game presents an opportunity for Cape Verde to cement their status as a strong contender in the tournament, while Mauritania aims to continue defying expectations and make a deeper run in the competition.
Both matches are set to provide thrilling football action, highlighting the diverse talents and unique stories within African football.
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.
Senegal vs Ivory Coast
Senegal is expected to defeat Ivory Coast and advance further in the African Cup of Nations. Having won their group, Senegal, the defending champions, demonstrated their strength by overcoming tough opponents like Gambia, Cameroon, and Guinea.
In contrast, Ivory Coast struggled after an initial victory, suffering a loss to Nigeria and a heavy defeat to Equatorial Guinea. This defeat lead to doubts about their chances for a third title and the dismissal of coach Jean-Louis Gasset.
Unlike Senegal, who impressively won all three group matches with eight goals scored and only one conceded. Ivory Coast faces difficulties after consecutive losses and seems to have lost their direction. The team’s turmoil led to the mid-tournament dismissal of coach Jean-Louis Gasset.
Tip: Senegal to Win
Cape Verde Islands vs Mauritania
Cape Verde is anticipated to advance to the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals by defeating Mauritania in the upcoming last-16 match.
The home team, led by coach Bubista, topped Group B with seven points, ending the group stage with a dramatic 2-2 draw against Egypt. Their chances are bolstered by the expected return of centre forward Bebe, with the whole squad preparing for the match.
Cape Verde, traditionally the underdogs, now find themselves in a new role as favorites against Mauritania, considered the least likely to win the tournament.
Mauritania, under coach Amir Abdou, achieved a surprising victory over the 2019 champions Algeria, their first-ever lead and win in the Cup of Nations. However, transitioning from this high to focusing on the next challenge could be difficult for the team.
Mauritania’s defense, which conceded three goals to Angola, faces a formidable opponent in Cape Verde, known for their effective pressing strategy. Given Cape Verde’s consistent performance of scoring at least two goals in each group match and having a varied scoring lineup, betting on them to score over 1.5 team goals in the match against Mauritania is a promising option.
Cape Verde has consistently scored at least two goals in each of their three group matches, whereas Mauritania has allowed two or more goals in three out of their last five African Cup of Nations final games.
Over 1.5 goals
Below are our top five betting fixtures for Monday;
5️⃣ Top five selections – Over 2.5
- Patro Eisden U2 v Dender U21
- Sport Recife v Afogados
- Everton U21 v Man City U21
- Leeds Utd U21 v Sunderland U21
- Leicester U21 v Southampton U21
Five Picks – BTTS
- Birmingham U21 v Crewe A. U21
- Itabuna v Jacuipense
- Derby C. U21 v Nottingham U21
- Birmingham U21 v Crewe A. U21
- Chelmsford City v Weston
Five – Wins (Winning team in Bold)
- Flamurtari v Besa Kavaje
- Estrela Amadora v Benfica
- Cambuur v TOP Oss
- Sporting CP v Casa Pia
- Valladolid v Racing
You can also check out our Rugby predictions.
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