The Africa Cup of Nations 2017 gets under way on Saturday, with hosts Gabon facing Guinea-Bissau in the opening game.
Defending champions and perennial favourites Ivory Coast are the market leaders at best odds of 7/2 with BetVictor, but they can no longer call on the likes of Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba and they are unlikely to be as strong as they were 2 years ago.
Senegal, who have the outstanding Sadio Mane alongside Mo Diame, Cheikhou Kouyate and Idrissa Gueye, look a better bet than the favourites at 6/1 with Sky Bet – but they face a tough test in Group B in the shape of Algeria, whose talented squad features the Leicester duo of Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani.
Algeria also have Porto’s Yacine Brahimi – linked with a £34m move to Everton in the summer – and at 8/1 they look to be the pick of the bets among the market leaders.
Gabon will attract plenty of interest thanks to the presence of Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in their attack – but they don’t appear to have too much else going for them, while Asamoah Gyan is set to win his 100th cap for Ghana, who also have brothers Jordan and Andre Ayew in their ranks. They were runners-up to Ivory Coast in 2015, only losing 9-8 on penalties, and they are available at 9/1 with Bet365.
Finally, if you prefer a punt on an outsider then consider Burkina Faso at best price 40/1 with Sky Bet. They were finalists back in 2013, losing 1-0 to Nigeria in the final, and they have now have a potential star in Chelsea’s young striker Bertrand Traore.