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Best bets and analysis for Friday’s matches of the Africa Cup of Nations.

where to watch

Live on Sky Sports from 1pm Friday

Best bets

Zimbabwe beat Malawi 4 p.m.
1pt 11-8 bet365, Betfred

Ghana beats Gabon 7 p.m.
1pt 19-20 bet365, Betfair, Betfred

Friday betting preview

All the main contenders have had a taste of the action and the competition is starting to get serious for Group B leaders Guinea and Senegal as they face off in Bafoussam.

Group C heavyweights Morocco are aiming to continue their winning start against Minnows Comoros, while Ghana will seek their first points and goals in their clash against Gabon.

Senegal v Guinea

Sky Sports Football & Premier League, 1 p.m.

Senegal’s preparations for the tournament have been affected by a combination of injuries and Covid, but they overcame the absence of 11 of their 28-man squad to beat Zimbabwe 1-0 on Monday and will look for improvement when they face Guinea at the Kouekong stadium. .

Guinea’s erratic 1-0 success over Malawi established them as Senegal’s main rivals for Group B supremacy.

While the Malawi game was seen as a must-win from Guinea’s perspective, the Senegal game is where a draw would be a satisfying result.

Senegal will feel under pressure to claim victory, but they have lingering injury and illness doubts and could be dragged into close competition.

Malawi v Zimbabwe

Sky Sports Premier League, 4 p.m.

Zimbabwe were disgusted to concede an added-time penalty in their 1-0 loss to Senegal but came away with plenty of positives and can get back into contention by beating Malawi in Bafoussam.

The Zimbabweans had their moments against Senegal and should be able to open their account against Malawi, who are taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations for only the third time in their history.

Malawi were lucky to get away with just a 1-0 loss to Guinea on Monday and could struggle to avoid another setback.

Morocco vs Comoros

Sky Sports Football and main event, 4 p.m.

Morocco’s 1-0 win over Ghana looked to be one of the most significant results of a low-key first round of fixtures, and it looks highly likely that the Atlas Lions will pick up three extra points against debutants Comoros to Yaounde.

Vahid Halilhodzic’s side are real contenders for the trophy and should be far too strong for Comoros, who started their campaign with a 1-0 loss to Gabon.

Gabon versus Ghana

Sky Sports Soccer, 7 p.m.

Ghana are under pressure after losing 1-0 to Morocco in a Group C heavyweight battle, but they can start their fightback by beating Gabon at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo.

There is room for improvement from Ghana, who lost the shot count 12-5 to Morocco and couldn’t have too many complaints about the result.

However, there have been flashes of ability from exciting Genk striker Joseph Paintsil and there is enough quality within Ghana’s ranks to ensure a more positive experience against Gabon, who should be brought down to earth after winning an unconvincing 1-0 success against Comoros. .

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