AFCON Group D: Egypt look good value to get the better of Ghana, Mali and Uganda
Group D looks like a direct battle between Egypt and Ghana for top spot.
The last round of group fixtures sees both teams pitted against each other in what promises to be a mouth-watering encounter.
Ghana’s manager Avram Grant has come under increasing pressure in recent months following a dismal start to their World Cup Qualifying campaign, and failure in Gabon could put an end to his tenure.
Whilst the Black Stars still possess some high-profile talent in shape of Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan, no one quite knows how Ghana will perform.
Elsewhere in Group D, Uganda make their first appearance in the finals for nearly four decades.
They’re unlikely to trouble the top teams this time around though, with fourth place the most likely outcome.
Mali will however hold dreams of pulling off some giant killings.
Former French international, Alain Giresse is now in charge, and he’ll be looking to spoil the big boys’ party.
Giresse’s side have already defeated Ghana twice in third place play-off games in 2012 and 2013, and will be hoping for a similar result this time around.
The value certainly seems to be with the Egyptians. They faced Ghana in a World Cup Qualifier last month, and ran out as comfortable 2–0 winners.
The Pharoahs will be looking for the form that secured three titles in a row between 2006 and 2010, rather than their poor recent AFCON showings.
With Argentinean coach Hector Cupor now at the helm, and Roma’s Mohamed Salah leading the line, the Egyptians look an exciting outfit.
Recent form suggests they’ll have a great tournament in Gabon, and I’ll be backing them to top the group at 2.45 Sportsbet.io.