After a very eventful Group Stage, the African Cup Of Nations knockout rounds kick off this Friday. It will be the first round of 16 in the tournament’s history following CAF’s decision to expand this year’s tournament to 24 teams.
Friday will have two knockout matches with Morocco facing of with Benin while Uganda will fly the East African flag high with a meeting against Tournament favorites Senegal.
Below, we look at the betting previews for Friday’s AFCON matches…
The North Africans ended the group stages with a perfect record. Morocco won all 3 of their matches scoring 3 goals an conceding none. They have a very good defensive structure that is the base of their play.
In their 1-0 win over Ivory Coast in the second Group Match, Morocco kept out the likes of Wilfred Zaha and Nicholas Pepe in very impressive fashion.
Benin, on the other hand, drew all their matches including a 0-0 with defending Champions Cameroon. They are good at the back put very average going forward.
TIP: Morocco win and under 2.5 goals @2.55
The East Africans have been one of the shock performers at this Year’s Tournament. Uganda surprised everyone in their 2-0 win over DRC Congo in the opening match and was very convincing against Egypt despite going down 2-0.
Senegal’s squad is star-studded but finished second in Group C behind Algeria. The Lions Of Teranga have it in them to beat anyone but can be shaky while under pressure as seen in periods during the first half against Kenya’s Harambee Stars.
TIP: Both teams to score @3.10