As the 33rd edition of the biennial competition gets underway, it’s time to check out who the bookmakers think will end up winning in Cameroon.
The delayed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is finally upon us and, with many superstars around, this could be one of the most thrilling tournaments yet.
But who out of the 24 competing teams will claim the continental crown?
Can Cameroon get a first AFCON crown on home soil? Will Mohamed Salah be able to convert his Liverpool performances into a record-extending title run for Egypt? Or will Algeria make it back-to-back championship wins?
Using odds from Betfair, Ace Football takes a look at the 15 favorites to challenge for AFCON glory in Central Africa.
The 15 favorites to win AFCON
* The decimal odds on this list are correct at the time of writing.
Can Senegal get the job done?
Betfair thinks the Lions of Teranga can get the job done in Cameroon, and why not?
A first AFCON title has been long overdue for Senegal. They’ve come close twice in the past, only to suffer two heart-breaking defeats at the last hurdle in the 2002 and 2019 finals.
But this time around, as El Hadji Diouf recently pointed out, Senegal have a squad oozing of quality and experience.
“The difference between the two generations is that this one has been fortunate enough to have played together for several years, and to have taken part in many Africa Cup of Nations finals,” the former striker recently told CAF in an interview.
“They’ve played at some big clubs and they’re leaders there. Also, they’ve learned how to win. In our time that was not the case, not all of us played for big clubs. I can say that this generation has everything to win the AFCON title now.”
The West Africans have arguably got the world’s best goalkeeper at the moment, one of the very best center-backs, and an elite attacker ready to do anything to win.
One may say nothing is out of reach for Aliou Cisse’s side, but can they finally get the job done in Cameroon? We’ll soon find out, starting this Monday against Zimbabwe.