Gabon on the West coast will host the 31st African Cup of Nations during January and February.
A bit more frequent than the Euros, occurring every other year, the tournament is greeted with both delight and despair by fans in the UK. While there is plenty more football on the television, because it occurs during the domestic league, it does leave some clubs without some of their key players.
Although the tournament starts on Jan 14th, players are called up earlier for preparations, meaning some may be away for up to a month, depending on how far their teams progress.
This hits teams at both ends of the table. Those towards the bottom of the table feeling some pressure include Leicester, who will see Mahrez head off, while Crystal Palace will be without winger Wilfred Zaha. Liverpool are have had a great start to the season and whilst they are currently second to the leaders Chelsea, they have more points than the leader of the table had, at this point last season. They will be impacted too, with the absence of Senegal striker Sadio Mané being called away.
In 2015, Ivory Coast won by beating Ghana on penalties. They’re only marginally favourite for this tournament, and are closely followed by Senegal, Cameroon, and Algeria. The tournament starts with the hosts Gabon playing Guinea Bissau.
Where to watch the African Cup of Nations
You can view the tournament on ITV 4, with games also being shown on Eurosport. Therefore you should be able to stream it on ITV player.
- The group stages games are played at 4pm and 7pm (14th – 25th Jan)
- The quarter finals are played at 5pm and 8pm (28th – 29th Jan)
- The semi finals are both at 8pm (1st & 2nd Feb)
- The final is at 8pm on the 5th Feb
African Cup of Nations Betting Odds
At time of writing, Bet 365 are offering the following odds on the outright winner:
- Ivory Coast – 5.00
- Senegal – 6.00
- Cameroon – 8.00
- Algeria – 8.00
- Gabon – 9.00
- Egypt – 10.00
- Ghana – 10.00
- Morocco – 17.00
- Mali – 21.00
- Tunisia – 21.00
- DR Congo – 26.00
- Burkina Faso – 26.00
- Uganda – 81.00
- Togo – 101.00
- Guinea Bissau – 101.00
- Zimbabwe – 101.00
African Cup of Nations Betting Offers
Bookmakers will probably unveil their betting offers closer to the tournament. When they are available, we’ll add them to both our football page and this page. Paddy Power had offers for the previous tournament, so we would expect plenty from them.