Thursday’s Africa Cup of Nations games looked like they were all going to be bust, as the first two games gave fans just two total goals, but the final game of the day was thrilling and provided a great end to Thursday. Madagascar (+210) knocked off Burundi with a 76th minute goal to snag a huge three points, Algeria (+333) used a 49th minute goal to top Senegal and Kenya (+110) used two late goals to come away with a massive three points.
Friday will see Group D play their second group stage games as the Ivory Coast (+162) faces Morocco (+187) and South Africa (-139) does battle with Namibia (+375). Also, Group E gets in on the action as Tunisia (+154) battles Mali (+200)
Here are my picks for Friday’s Africa Cup of Nations games.
Tunisia (+154) vs Mali (+200): Draw (+200)
Tunisia opened their 2019 AFCON with a disappointing 1-1 draw to Angola. The Tunisians looked like they were heading to three points, but a 73rd minute goal saw the two nations each grab a point.
Mali opened their 2019 AFCON with a 4-1 win over Mauritania. Mali used two goals in each half to easily grab the three points and top Group E after one game.
I like Tunisia to bounce back with a win.
These two nations have played eight times in the past and it is Mali who holds a slight 5-0-3 advantage. The two have not met since 2011 when Tunisia came away with a 4-2 friendly win.
Ivory Coast (+162) vs Morocco (+187): Draw (+200)
The Ivory Coast opened their 2019 AFCON campaign with a 1-0 win over South Africa. The Elephants were the more threatening team all match, but neither team looked all that dangerous throughout the full 90.
Morocco were on their way to a disappointing 0-0 draw against Namibia before they were the beneficiaries of an own goal in the 89th minute. Morocco held 67% possession, fired 17 shots and put five on goal, but it was an own goal that gave the Moroccans the win.
I like the Ivory Coast to come away with the win.
These two nations have played 19 times in the past and the series is tied 6-7-6. Morocco won the most recent meeting, during World Cup qualifying, 2-0.
South Africa (-139) vs Namibia (+375): Draw (+260)
These two nations are both coming off tough 1-0 losses to open up their AFCON campaigns, but three points Friday will not only put them in the running as one of the top third place teams, but could put them in contention to get one of the two auto spots into the knockout stage.
I like South Africa to get the win Friday.
These two nations have met nine times in the past and it is South Africa who holds a 6-1-2 advantage. South Africa are unbeaten in the last six games, including three straight wins, and have not lost to Namibia since 1999.
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