The prestigious Africa Cup of Nations 2021 will be starting on January 9, 2022. The tournament had initially been scheduled for the summer of 2021 before being moved to January of that year, but problems caused by the global Covid-19 pandemic mean that it has been shifted for a second time. This will be the 33rd edition of the biennial tournament, where 24 teams will compete for continental glory. AFCON is the best stage to test your football betting skills.

There will be many English Premier League stars, including the Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez, the current champions with Algeria and the Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. 

Let’s look at the top teams who are the best and who have the most chances of winning the title this year:

Eygpt

Egypt is the most successful nation in the cup’s history, winning the tournament seven times, including in 1959 when Egypt was united with Syria as the United Arab Republic. The last time they won the title was in 2010. So, this year they will be looking to add their 8th title. Their key to winning the title will be Mohamed Salah, who is having a great season with Liverpool. He is the top scorer for the club and in the league. They won the title three-in-a-row in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Algeria

If Algeria wins the title this time, they can become only the fourth nation to win back to back Africa Cup of Nations titles. In July 2019, the Dessert Foxes beat Senegal 1-0 in a dull final, in which Baghdad Bounedjah’s deflected winner came a mere 70 seconds in. It was their first title since 1990.

Despite that 29-year wait for silverware, Algeria won another major honour just last month. Wins over Sudan, Lebanon, Morocco and hosts Qatar took them to the FIFA Arab Cup Final, where they overcame Tunisia 2-0 after extra time.

Senegal

Senegal will have the some of the best players like Sadio Mane, Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly. They also have Idrissa Gana Gueye, Pape Gueye and Nampalys Mendy, who are very solid midfield options. 

Senegal is the top-ranked African team in the latest FIFA rankings. They will be looking to erase the pain that happened in 2019 when they lost to Algeria in the final for one goal. The Lions of Teranga were unbeaten in their qualification campaign. They also enjoyed great outings in the FIFA World Cup second-round qualifiers, dropping points just once in six games.

Nigeria

Nigeria has won three titles to date, lifting the trophy in 1980, 1994 and 2013, beating Burkina Faso in Johannesburg nine years ago. The Super Eagles have some excellent firepower in the squad. Players like Samu Chukwueze, Alex Iwobi, Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi make them a solid team to fight for the title.