AFCON 2022 Daily Picks: Cameroon vs Egypt Semifinals
First team to sore: Cameroon
Half-time Totals: Over 0.5
**The odds were correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change**
The following are our daily AFCON picks and predictions for AFCON 2022 for games kicking off on Wednesday, 03/02/2022:
An epic battle awaits at Olembe Stadium today as Cameroon welcomes Egypt for the AFCON 2022 semifinals. Gambian referee, Bakary Papa Gassama, has been slotted to oversee the big match. Bakary Papa Gassama has overseen 13 AFCON game before this one, during which he averaged 2.8 yellow cards. The 44-year-old referee did not, however, issue a red card in those 13 engagements during which he awarded 2 penalties.
Cameroon’s AFCON 2022 semifinal against the Pharaohs is expected to be the most-attended since the tournament started. The Indomitable Lions have won the Africa Cup of Nationals five times. They have been twice runners-up, once in third place and finished 9 times in fourth place. On the flip-side, Egypt has the most AFCON honours of 7 titles. The Pharaohs have finished second twice, thrice in third and fourth places. Looking at these stats, this is expected to be the toughest game yet and will attract global attention as international football stars battle it out for a maiden place in the AFCON finals.
Cameroon will open the scoring @ 91/100 (1.91)
At 50th and 45th positions respectively on FIFA rankings, there is every reason to watch this match as both sides stand a high chance of bagging the AFCON trophy. Three previous meetings 1W to Cameroon, 1D and 1W to Egypt’s favour. However, recent performances are why we are backing the hosts to score the first goal in this semifinal. They have scored 11 open play goals in 5 games, which is 5 more than goals scored by Egypt in the ongoing tournament. While Egypt is defensively stronger in this matchup, Cameroon’s highly offensively play should worry the Pharaohs. We are strongly backing Cameroon to open the scoring in this game
Total Goals First: Over 0.5 @73/100 (1.73)
While this should typically be a deadlocked match, it is a match between two of the best teams in the ongoing 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. With that, there is a good chance the first-half of this game will yield at least a goal or two. This is expected to a high scoring game but for betting purposes, a safer approach is backing 0.5 in the first half with a modest price of 73/10.
Africa Cup Of Nations – Latest Tips
Best Current Tips for AFCON 2022
This section will take a closer look at some best Afcon 2022 betting tips that you should take advantage of ahead of the upcoming competition.
Group A Winner Prediction – Cameroon (1.5 odds)
This market is very straightforward. For this market, we are predicting that host nation Cameroon will come out on top in their group. This group also comprises other teams like Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and Ethiopia. Following the current form of these teams, Cameroon have been at their best and the added home advantage is perhaps why the bookies hint at the Indomitable Lions leading the way in Group A.
Group B Winner Prediction – Senegal (1.5 odds)
Group B comprises Senegal, Guinea, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. Following the qualifying stages, Senegal and Guinea have shown more promise. However, the favorite to win this group is Senegal. Given the crop of players in this current Senegal, headlined by Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, and their precedence of always shining in the past African Cup of Nations events, much is expected from them. This puts in perspective why they are given the least odds to come out on top in this group.
Group E Winner Prediction – Algeria (1.9 odds)
This group is easily one of the most competitive groups in this competition. Here, you will find teams like Ivory Coast, Algeria, Equatorial Guinea, and Sierra Leone. There are two major top dogs in this group that makes deciding a winner a tough call. Algeria and Ivory Coast have always been top performers in the competition. Algeria are the current defending champions while Ivory Coast won the Afcon in 2015. However, if we are to choose between both, we will be picking Algeria to win this group given how competitive they have been in recent times.
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Outright Afcon 2022 predictions ahead of the Competition
For this competition, the outrights options you are majorly left with are the overall winner and the group winners. Most bookies don't offer more outrights markets like goalscorer, relegation on Afcon.
For most bookies like 1xbet, Bet9ja, this is the major outright market you will find in the competition. This is closely contested between three main teams: Egypt, Algeria, and Senegal. This explains that those three teams are offered the same odds to win the competition. Egypt have a stellar record with this competition. They have the highest Afcon titles (7). With the likes of Mo Salah in their team, they seem to be on the right path to win. In the same vein, Senegal are no small as far as this competition is concerned. Though they haven't won the continental showpiece, they are always putting their best foot forward, which earned them the first runner-up in 2019. Algeria have a lot to prove after winning the competition in 2019. There remains a good chance they will come out victorious this time as well.
Other Bets Options
The Afcon odds provided for this competition are not only restricted to outrights markets alone. There are also a bunch of other markets as well as Afcon 2022 tips to explore like individual games, live games, and some special markets as well. Your options are very wide.
Here are some Afcon 2022 betting tips you need to apply to get the most out of your bets:
Shopping around in this case is checking out the odds offered by a lot of bookies on the competition and picking what works best for you. This is one of the best Afcon 2022 tips that will ensure you get the most out of the bets you play in this competition.
Check out for head-to-head information
Before betting on any Afcon match, it is always advisable to look out for head-to-head information. Most bookies offer this information to make it easier for you to make proper predictions. The head-to-head information gives you an understanding of the form of the teams and also points you in the direction of the best market to play. For example, if you check the head-to-head of two teams and you discover for most of their games, they mostly score between one to two goals, predicting under 2.5 goals for such a match will be more apt.
Have a budget
This is not a major betting tip but it helps you stay on track financially as you bet on those games. Before betting, have an idea of the amount you want to spend on betting on the competition and stick with it. If you don't have a budget, there is a possibility of you going overboard, especially when games do not go your way. In that case, you stand a risk of going bankrupt.
Play in a familiar territory
For most bookies, especially in recent times, there is a rise in new football betting markets. This raises the possibility of getting confused especially if you don't have clear information on what that betting market represents. It is always advisable to play markets that you understand so you don't end up losing because what you thought it meant isn't the case.
Frequently asked questions about Afcon
Who are the current defending champions?
The current defending champion is Algeria. They won the last edition which was held in 2019.
Which team has the most Afcon titles?
The team with the most Afcon titles is Egypt. They have won the competition seven times.
Who is hosting Afcon 2022?
Cameroon will be hosting the coming Afcon competition that will be held from 9th January to 6th February 2022.