AFCON group game tips
This weekend sees international football hit the headlines as the Africa Cup of Nations returns for its latest instalment in Gabon.
The 31st edition of this biennial event runs from January 14th to February 5th and will feature the biggest names from the continent.
Ahead of the opening tournament fixtures, FootyOn provide AFCON group game tips to back for the action ahead.
This includes hosts Gabon and tournament front runners Ivory Coast, who are aiming to defend their crown.
Gabon’s Aubameyang to strike first past Guinea Bissau
It’s the hosts that get proceedings underway as they face off against debutants Guinea Bissau.
Jorge Costa’s side possess plenty of talent capable of mounting a strong challenge on home soil.
Although, it’s Borussia Dortmund frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang that is their leading man.
Cameroon to down Burkina Faso to nil
Four-time winners of the AFCON, Cameroon find themselves up against minnows Burkina Faso in their opening match-up.
The former champions are a promising 21/10 with Paddy Power to prevail without conceding.
Algeria’s Slimani to net against Zimbabwe
Leading the line for Algeria will be Leicester City striker Islam Slimani.
The Foxes forward had begun to gain form in the Premier League before international duty.
Senegal’s Mane to find target v Tunisia
Liverpool fans will be hoping star man Sadio Mane can make it through the AFCON without injury.
The in-form Anfield wideman has been superb this season so far.
Ivory Coast to lead Togo after 15 minutes
Next in our group game tips for the AFCON are tournament favourites Ivory Coast.
The African juggernauts face Togo in their opener and are 15/4 with William Hill to lead after 15 minutes.
Ivory Coast boast an abundance of attacking talent and will be keen on making a swift start.
Morocco to overcome DR Congo
In what could be a close contest between DR Congo and Morocco, the latter are 6/4 with Betfred to prevail.
The 1976 victors look more than capable of edging their opponents and gaining three points.
Ghana’s Gyan to strike past Uganda
Ghana take on Uganda in their opener and will be helped by a familiar face.
Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan will be their main man in attack. Remember him?
The former Premier League poacher will take to the pitch at 15/8 with bet365 to fire in anytime.
Egypt to beat Mali and both score
Egypt always have plenty of expectation and pressure due to their illustrious history.
They are the most successful African nation ever. This includes seven titles over the AFCON’s history, with their last coming in 2010.
The Egyptians are a promising 5/1 with Betfred to oust Mali here with both sides scoring.
So make sure to back them from the AFCON group game tips.