Africa Cup of Nations Odds: Egypt pre-tournament favourites

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Who will win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations?

Domestic football may be coming to an end, but there will be some international action to fill the summer with the Africa Cup of Nations kicking off on 21st June.

The 32nd edition of the competition should have taken place in Cameroon, but they were stripped as hosts due to delays with regards to infrastructure and it will now take place in Egypt. It will be the first time in the history of the tournament that 24 different countries are vying to become the best team on the continent, previously only 16 nations competed.

Cameroon are the defending champions having won in Gabon two years ago, but it looks a wide open tournament this time around with several probably feeling that they have a great chance to get their hands on the trophy.

We have taken a look at the bookmakers outright odds ahead of the tournament, to see who the favourites are and which star players they have within their squads.

Egypt, Ghana and Senegal favourites to lift the title

Heading into the tournament, it is the host nation Egypt who are the bookmakers favourites to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Sky Bet are offering odds of 9/2 for the Pharoahs to win the competition.

Egypt are actually the most successful country in the competitions history, winning it a record seven times with their most recent title coming back in 2010. They have a very decent squad with names such as Ahmed El Mohamady, Ahmed Hegazi and Mohamed El Neny recognisable to fans of English football.

Undoubtedly however it is Mohamed Salah who is their star player, and the Liverpool forward is probably the main reason why they are the tournament favourites. The 26-year-old has an excellent record for his country, netting 39 times in 62 caps, and has just finished as the Premier League's top scorer for a second successive season. If he plays anywhere near his best, then Egypt will be a major threat.

Ghana are the second favourites with odds of 13/2, and they will hope to finally end their long wait to win the title. The Black Stars last won the Africa Cup of Nations back in 1982 and they have been close but not close enough in recent years.

In the last six editions of the tournament, they have reached at least the semi-finals and were beaten finalists in both 2010 and 2015. They will fancy their chances of another strong run here, with Ateltico Madrid star Thomas Partey at the heart of the team whilst they also have players such as Christian Atsu, Jeffrey Schlupp and the Ayew brothers at their disposal. But it could be argued that this is their weakest squad for a few years, a lack of goals could be a problem.

Senegal are also amongst the favourites, with odds of 7/1 available for Alou Cisse's men to win the tournament. Plenty of people fancy the Lions of Teranga to go all the way this year, with their squad arguably the strongest on paper.

Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly is a lynchpin for them at centre-back and is probably the best defender in the tournament, whilst the likes of Idrissa Gueye and Cheikhou Kouyate offer experience and quality in their midfield. But the star of the show for Senegal is undoubtedly Sadio Mane and if he turns up he is more than capable of guiding them to a first ever title.

The Liverpool winger is their captain these days and has 16 goals for his country. He arrives bang in form too  having finished as the Premier League's joint top goalscorer alongside Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. They will need him if they are to improve on their recent record in the competition, they have made it beyond the group stage in only one of their previous four appearances.

Africa Cup of Nations outright odds:

(All odds taken from Sky Bet)

  • Egypt - 9/2
  • Ghana - 13/2
  • Senegal - 7/1
  • Ivory Coast - 8/1
  • Nigeria - 9/1
  • Morocco - 11/1
  • Algeria - 12/1
  • Cameroon - 12/1
  • Mali - 14/1
  • Tunisia - 14/1
  • Others - 16/1+

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