The African Cup of Nations resumes on Saturday and with defending champion Zambia now out of the picture, we take a a look at the odds for who will win this year.As expected, after finishing first in a group that featured strong nations including Algeria, Tunisia and Togo, the Ivory Coast is the favourites to win with odds of 2.10 available at Uwin.com. Les Éléphants made it to the final last year and were widely expected to win the title but were thwarted in penalties to Zambia.
They are also the most offensively laden team in what has been a very low-scoring tournament so far. The Ivory Coast has scored seven goals in its two matches, with each game producing at least two. With Didier Drogba's club situation now sorted, the team could be even more dangerous here on in. However, Ivory Coast will be in for a true clash with another continental heavyweight when it takes on Nigeria.
The Super Eagles are listed at 9.00 to take the competition. They won back in 1980 and in 1994 and have won the third place match in four of the last six years. They could prove to be a decent value bet should they be able to get past their Gulf of Guinea rivals.
Ghana can be had at half the rate of Nigeria at 4.50 and will be playing the surprising Cape Verde Islands in the quarterfinal stage. This is Cape Verde's first tournament and it shocked the continent after finishing in the runners-up spot in Group A, edging out Angola and Morocco. The tiny nation of under 600,000 can be taken at 26.00 to win the tournament, but don't count on it.
Th host nation of South Africa comes in at 10.00, which is slightly higher than I expected considering it is in front of a boisterous home crowd at every possible match. Bafana Bafana will face Mali (12.00) in the next stage, where the winner will face the victor of the Ivory Coast/Nigeria match -- which really is the reason why their odds hit double digits.
Group C winner Burkina Faso (15.00) and Group D runners-up Togo (19.00) round out the list of what should be an epic series of second round matches this weekend.
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