Two more Africa Cup of Nations knockout ties coming your way on Sunday, with record seven-times winners Egypt amongst those hoping to move one step closer to glory.
Here are our betting tips for the day’s action.
AFCON Betting Tips - Sunday 28 January
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Equatorial Guinea vs Guinea betting tips
Equatorial Guinea’s reward for topping Group A is the fact they’ll get top billing at this tournament’s main venue, Stade Alassane Ouattara, whilst, more pertinently, facing Guinea for the very first time.
The National Thunder reached the quarter-finals in both 2012 and 2022, as well as the 2015 semi-finals, but even so, no one expected Juan Michá's side to top their group unbeaten above both Nigeria and the hosts.
Emilio Nsue scored three times in the 4-2 win over Guinea-Bissau, making him the oldest player to bag an AFCON hat-trick, before also netting twice in the famous 4-0 hammering of Côte d’Ivoire on Monday.
That win was one of the most shocking games in Cup of Nations history, as Ivory Coast completely imploded and the National Thunder took full advantage, claiming their joint-biggest win of all-time.
So now, Equatorial Guinea come into the knockout phase full of confidence.
As for Guinea, there’s not a lot to say about their group stage, it was kind of just fine, holding Cameroon to a credible 1-1 draw, narrowly beating minnows Gambia 1-0, before concluding with a 2-0 defeat to Senegal.
This saw Kaba Diawara’s end up third in Group C, comfortably with enough points to advance as a best-ranked third-place finisher.
To date, the National Elephants have featured in six AFCON knockout ties, but have lost all six, swatted aside by Algeria in Cairo in 2019 before, two years ago, a shock 1-0 loss at the hands of Gambia in Bafoussam.
While Guinea are bookies favourites to win this one in Abidjan, based on what both produced in the group phase, we’re backing Equatorial Guinea to get through.
Egypt vs DR Congo betting tips
We don’t want to just talk about him, but what even are Egypt without Mohamed Salah?
The Liverpool forward hobbled off during the 2-2 draw with Ghana last Thursday and has since returned to Merseyside, thereby inarguably removing the Pharaohs from the serious contenders category.
With and then without him, Rui Vitória’s team are yet to win a match at this AFCON, involved in three 2-2 draws, taking a 93rd minute lead through Mostafa Mohamed against Cape Verde, only to concede in the 99th minute.
In the end, only a chaotic finish to Group B’s other match saw Egypt sneak into second, but to say the record seven-times winners have been unconvincing so far would be an understatement.
That said, Egypt have never lost to DR Congo, winning six of eight encounters, including a 2-0 victory in Cairo at the 2019 Cup of Nations, but les Léopards will surely never get a better chance to change this fact.
Sébastien Desabre’s side, like their opponents, got through following three draws, the first two of which ended 1-1, while Wednesday’s goalless stalemate with Tanzania was dull, and that’s putting it politely.
This team does have quality, Cédric Bakambu and Yoane Wissa will lead their line together, but it’s nine years since DR Congo’s last knockout phase win, beating neighbours Congo 4-2 in Bata back then.
So, this tie in San Pédro is tough to call but, even without Salah, Egypt kick off as marginal favourites to sneak through at Stade Laurent Pokou, possibly requiring extra time or even penalties.