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AFCON Group C: Plenty to play for in pool of death

| 27.01.2015

In what is seen as the group of death at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, all four teams; Senegal (top on four points), Ghana, Algeria (both three) and South Africa (one), can still qualify for the quarters in Equatorial Guinea.

However, pre-tournament and still current favourites, Algeria (4/1 with Coral) face exit from the finals if they lose to table-toppers Senegal (13/2), while South Africa must beat Ghana to stand a chance.

South Africa v Ghana
Despite 2010 World Cup hosts Bafana Bafana being bottom of the group on just one point, they hold a far better head-to-head record against Ghana, with five victories and two losses from nine meetings.

South Africa, who must win this match to stand a chance of qualifying for the quarters, therefore, are tempting 5/2 chances for another triumph over the Black Stars, which would be their third in a row.

This will be the duo’s third meeting at the Africa Cup of Nations finals, meanwhile, and Ghana are yet to net against them. You can back Bafana Bafana to keep another clean sheet at 23/10.

But it is Avram Grant’s men, who beat Algeria 1-0 last time out, that are the 23/20 favourites.

Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan got the crucial stoppage time goal in that game, and he is a tempting 5/4 shout to be on target again anytime, and 5/1 to net last. Marseille’s Andre Ayew, meanwhile, scored for Ghana in their 2-1 loss to Senegal, and he is 2/1 in the anytime market.

South Africa will be hoping to rely on Bernard Parker (9/4) and Bournemouth frontman Tokelo Rantie (15/8).

Senegal v Algeria
After drawing to South Africa in their last match, current Group C leaders Senegal will be hoping to get at least that result again to ensure qualification. A share of the spoils again (21/10) would allow them to achieve that feat, while the Lions of Teranga are 9/5 chances to win.

It is Algeria, though, who hold a superior record against them, claiming eight victories and four losses from 16 meetings. The Desert Warriors could still potentially qualify with a draw, but stand far more of a chance by winning, and they are 13/8 favourites to do so.

Algeria will be hoping that Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, who netted against South Africa, can be on target again. He is 6/4 to score anytime.

Senegal, meanwhile, have Premier League trio Papiss Cisse (15/8), Sadio Mane (9/4) and Mame Biram Diouf (7/4), who got a goal agianst Ghana, to look to.



Sam Barnard

Sam has been writing for Coral since January 2014, and is the assistant editor of the news site. As well as the main betting sports, football, tennis and cricket, he covers the likes of golf, F1 and darts too, the latter of which has become a particular favourite. Sam enjoys playing as much as writing about sports, but niggling injuries have limited his participation in recent years, so is happy to mainly watch the pros such as Manchester United, Yorkshire CCC, Raymond van Barneveld and even Gibraltar national football team instead.