AFCON Qualifiers Betting Tips: Previews, Predictions & Odds

By Ben Gray

Published: June 2, 2022 3:15 p.m.

Last update: June 2, 2022 3:16 p.m.

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Ivory Coast vs Zambia

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – JUNE 04: Nicolas Pepe of Ivory Coast in action during the international friendly match between Netherlands and Ivory Coast held at De Kuip or Stadion Feijenoord on June 4 2017 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Oddly, Ivory Coast have already qualified for next summer’s Africa Cup of Nations as hosts but are still going through qualifying without consequences.

Even if the Elephants finish outside the top two places in Group H, that won’t see them miss out on their home tournament next year.

So new head coach Jean-Louis Gasset can use these matches to polish his squad ahead of a competition they are supposed to win.

Ivory Coast are not at the peak of their power, however, missing back-to-back World Cups and reaching the round of 16 at the AFCON earlier this year.

Thus, Zambia could imagine its chances of upset.

The Copper Bullets have precedent for this, remarkably winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, beating Ivory Coast on penalties to do so.

Despite this, Zambia have failed to qualify for the last three editions of the tournament, so they will be desperate to return to Ivory Coast next summer.

The battle for the qualifying spot is likely to be between them and Comoros with Lesotho minnows expected to whip the boys.

So, will Aljoša Asanović’s team leave the Ivory Coast National Stadium with a result?

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Burkina Faso vs Cape Verde

Burkina Faso defender Issa Kaboré celebrates with his teammates after winning the 2021 African Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 match between Burkina Faso and Gabon at the Omnisport Stadium in Limbe on January 23, 2022. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP) (Photo by ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images)

The two greats of Group B clash in Marrakech (Morocco).

Earlier this year, Burkina Faso reached the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, beating Cape Verde, Gabon and Tunisia en route.

This maintains their impressive recent AFCON record, reaching the final in 2013 and the semi-finals again in 2017.

Thus, the Stallions will be a force in Ivory Coast next summer, assuming they pass the qualifiers.

Cape Verde also reached the round of 16 in Cameroon in January before retiring against eventual winners Senegal.

However, prior to that, the Blue Sharks had failed to qualify for the previous two editions, so they won’t be taking anything for granted in this process.

Nonetheless, with Togo and Eswatini minnows rounding out the section, these two are overwhelming favorites to qualify.

After beating Cape Verde 1-0 earlier this year, will Burkina Faso produce a similar result at Stade de Marrakech?

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Comoros vs Lesotho

Youssouf M’Changama (R) celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) round of 16 soccer match between Cameroon and Comoros at Olembe Stadium in Yaounde on January 24, 2022. (Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

Comoros were one of the great stories of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, but now they are starting the qualification process again.

Earlier this year, the Coelacanths made their AFCON debut, but weren’t just there to make up the numbers.

They beat traditional heavyweights Ghana in the group stage before falling to Cameroon in the round of 16.

It was a memorable game as not all of the Comoros goalkeepers were available which meant 5ft 7in left-back Chaker Alhadhur had to put on the gloves.

Now, Younes Zerdouk’s team is embarking on what they hope will be an equally memorable adventure.

Lesotho’s opponents are the Group H minnows; they had to beat Seychelles in a preliminary round in March just to get this far.

The Crocodiles have only won 13 out of 79 AFCON qualifiers in their history, so they are unlikely to rack up many points in this group.

For Comoros though, if they are to qualify they need to finish ahead of Zambia, so the one-on-one encounters, the first of which will be on Tuesday, will be essential.

In the meantime, will the locals get three important points on the chessboard of the Iconi-Malouzini Omnisports Stadium?

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Togo v Eswatini

The winner’s trophy is displayed during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations final between Egypt and Cameroon at the Stade de l’Amitie Sino-Gabonaise in Libreville on February 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Le photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Will this last qualifying campaign for the African Cup of Nations bring success to Togo?

The Sparrowhawks have qualified for eight AFCONS in their history, as well as a World Cup, but have failed to reach each of the last two.

In fact, Togo have won just four of their 20 competitive matches since last appearing in a finals five years ago.

This group also includes Burkina Faso and Cape Verde, so if Paulo Duarte’s side want to finish in the top two, they have to win.

This is because Eswatini are really the minnows of this section.

Dominic Kunene’s side had to win a home and away game just to get this far in qualifying, hammering Somalia 5-1 in March.

Nevertheless, even with these two victories, the King’s Shield only won 13 of the 80 qualifying matches.

So, even if they are not a great team either, Togo should win at the Kégué stadium.