AFCON 2019

Sports | 04 Jul 2019 | By Sunbet


 

AFCON 2019: LAST 16 PREVIEW

Morocco vs Benin

Date: Friday, 5 July

Time: 6PM

 

Morocco, the 1976 winners, look like strong contenders for this year’s AFCON title under coach Hervé Renard who has twice won the competition. This team knows how to win and get a result having won all three of their group games by 1-0 against Namibia, Ivory Coast and South Africa. Benin are no pushovers, but this will be a tough match for them and I fancy Morocco to win.

 

Mike’s Prediction – Morocco Win

Uganda vs Senegal

Date: Friday, 5 July

Time: 9PM

 

Senegal have won eight of their last nine matches only losing to Algeria in the group stages and they are set to face a decent Uganda team in the last 16. Senegal have star players such as Sadio Mané and Kalidou Koulibaly and their quality will be too much for The Cranes in this game.

 

Mike’s Prediction – Senegal Win

Nigeria vs Cameroon

Date: Saturday, 6 July

Time: 6PM

 

Two of the biggest teams in Africa go head to head after both finishing second in their respective groups. This matchup could have been the final of the 2019 AFCON and will be a humdinger for the fans. The Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions have eight AFCON titles between them with both sets of fans expecting their team to win the tournament. This is a tough match to predict for punters but I will go for a 90 minute draw and either team to win it in either extra time or penalties.

 

Mike’s Prediction – Draw

Egypt vs South Africa

Date: Saturday, 6 July

Time: 9PM

 

Bafana Bafana qualified for the last 16 by finishing fourth on the third-placed teams’ table. They now face Egypt, the tournament hosts and favourites. Egypt have won the most AFCON titles with seven and will be looking to add another at home. Egypt have yet to concede a goal in this tournament and South Africa have only scored one goal so far in their victory against Namibia. Bafana Bafana have already played Ivory Coast and Morocco and will face another African giant in Egypt. It will be a tough ask for South Africa against the likes of Mahmoud Hassan and Mohamed Salah and I expect Egypt to win comfortably.

 

Mike’s Prediction – Egypt Win

Madagascar vs DR Congo

Date: Sunday, 7 July

Time: 6PM

 

This match features AFCON’s two most unpredictable teams up against each other. DR Congo have a good squad with many of their players plying their trade at good European clubs compared to the Madagascan players at smaller European clubs. This is a tough match to call and while I like Madagascar that convincingly beat Nigeria, I will settle for a draw and either team to win it in either extra time or penalties.

 

Mike’s Prediction – Draw

Algeria vs Guinea

Date: Sunday, 7 July

Time: 9PM

 

Algeria have been the most convincing and consistent outfit so far at the 2019 AFCON. Guinea will probably be missing their star player Naby Keïta, who is still struggling with injury whilst Algeria will have their star player Riyad Mahrez available. This will be a good contest with Algeria ultimately emerging victorious.

Mike’s Prediction – Algeria Win 

 

Mali vs Ivory Coast

Date: Monday, 8 July

Time: 6PM

 

This should be an entertaining match between Mali and Ivory Coast.

Mali have a young team but they comfortably finished top of their group with two wins and a draw and Ivory Coast finished second in their group. Both teams have quality attacking players and fans can expect exciting football. This is another match that could end in a draw after 90 minutes as there is little to separate them.

Mike’s Prediction – Draw