The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations gets under way this Friday, and in the betting, host nation Egypt are the 9/2 favourites to win the competition outright.
Here we have all the news and information you need on the competition. Including the teams taking part, the venues, competition dates, and also the latest Africa Cup of Nations betting.
2019 Africa Cup of Nations – Official Website
Best Football Betting Sites For Africa Cup of Nations 2019
Below we have put together a list of the best football betting sites that can be used for placing bets on the Africa Cup of Nations 2019.
All of these bookmakers offer plenty of incentives such as money back specials, loads of different betting markets, and plenty of different in-play options.
There is also live streaming of the event with bookmakers such as Betfair and William Hill.
Who Is Favourites To Win 2019 Africa Cup of Nations?
It should come as no major surprise to see that host nation, Egypt, are 4/1 favourites in the betting to win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
As well as having home advantage, they also have the services of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah to call upon. Currently one of world football’s most prolific strikers.
The Egyptians get the competition under way on Friday evening, when they take on Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium. Kick off is at 9pm, UK time.
The hosts go into the opening fixture on the back of two wins, having defeated Guinea 3-1, and Tanzania 1-0 (both at home) in warm up matches ahead of the competition.
Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Betting
We already know that Egypt are the 4/1 favourites, but what of their main contenders? Well, second favourites are Senegal and Ghana, both at 6/1. They are both closely followed by Nigeria and Ivory Coast at 8/1.
With 5 teams all closely bunched together in the betting, the suggestion is that this African Cup of Nations should be a fairly competitive competition, which is also great news from a betting perspective.
As we eluded too above, the competition starts on Friday 21st June. It runs for 4 weeks, ending with the final in Cairo International Stadium, on Friday 19th July.
The 24 Teams Taking Part in the Africa Cup of Nations 2019
In total there are 24 teams taking part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. The teams are divided up into 6 groups of 4. They are as follows
The format for this year’s competition is a bit stretched out. There is 6 groups of 4 teams, with the top 2 from each group, along with the 4 best placed third place teams, all progressing to the Round of 16.
This means that only 8 teams will be knocked out of the competition during the group stages.
The Round of 16 will start on 5th July, and from that day onwards, it is straight forward knock out football. The 8 victorious teams from the Round of 16, go through to the quarter finals. Then the 4 quarter final winners go into the semi-final.
There is a third place play-off match, it takes place on 17th July. This is 2 day before the final, held on Friday 19th July.
In total, there is 52 matches to be played at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations competition.
In total there are 4 cities hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, they are Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia. There are 6 stadiums to be used in total.
There of the stadiums are in the country’s capital city, Cairo. They are Cairo International Stadium, the strangely named 30 June (Air Defense) Stadium, and the Al Salam Stadium.
The other three host cities all have one venue each. Egypt’s second biggest city, Alexandria, will host it’s matches at the Alexandria Stadium (Egypt’s largest stadium, holding 86,000).
In Suez, the Suez Stadium will host matches. While in Ismailia, the smaller Ismailia Stadium (18,500 capacity) will host matches.
Where Can I Watch The Africa Cup of Nations?
In the United Kingdom, you can watch the Africa Cup of Nations on Eurosport.
It differs slightly in Republic of Ireland, where as well as being able to watch on Eurosport, state broadcaster RTE will also be covering the competition.
Is VAR Being Used In The Africa Cup Of Nations?
Currently having a good go at wrecking the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, VAR is set to also play it’s part in the Africa Cup of Nations.
But not until the knock out stages. Why is this? I don’t know, is the answer. All I do know is that it won’t rear it’s ugly head until the Round of 16.