Group B Africa Cup of Nations 2017 odds
Who will win the Africa Cup of Nations 2017 – Group B?
The Group B of the 2017 African Cup of Nations is a very open to any result one as it is being composed by 3 teams which played at least once the final of this competition. The winners of the tournament held in 1990 Algeria, the champions of 2004 Tunisia and the 2002 runner-up Senegal, along with the team of Zimbabwe will fight for the 2 qualifying places in Franceville on Stade de Franceville. Only the match between Zimbabwe and Tunisia, scheduled to be last played on this group will take place in Libreville.
Algeria's Belgian coach, George Leekens has already picked the names which will represent the team in Gabon and the list includes including the Leicester duo of Riyad Mahrez and Islam Slimani as well as Watford's Adlene Guedioura.Another midfielder, Nabil Bentaleb, currently on a season-long loan at Schalke in Germany from Tottenham Hotspur, is also included. Those being mentioned, Algeria is definitely a contender for the first 3 places, while an elimination before the quarterfinals stage would be cataloged as a disaster.
In Gabon, Tunisia will take part in their 13th Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament in a row after a qualifying campaign which saw the Carthage Eagles show some difficulties in an easy group comprising Togo, Djibouti and Liberia. Their squad for this year's competition has not been announced yet but it is expectable that it includes players from team such as Valencia [Aymen Abdennour], Sunderland [Wahbi Khazri], Lille[Naim Stili] and Anderlacht [Hamdi Harbaoui].
Senegal restored experienced defender Cheikh Mbengue and striker Moussa Sow to their 23-man squad for this month's Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon. The pair had missed November's World Cup qualifier in South Africa but both return to participate at their third Nations Cup tournament. Henri Saviet of St Etienne was also recalled by coach Aliou Cisse for the three-week tournament where Senegal play in Group B against Algeria, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. The squad includes 12 players who competed at the last Nations Cup finals in Equatorial Guinea, where Senegal failed to get past the first round despite being one of the pre-tournament favourites. At a first look, Senegal are hot on the heels of Ivory Coast as the tournament's second favourites but if these teams both will win their groups and pass the quarter-finals they will have to play in the semi-finals.
“Looking at names on the ground, we are the lowest ranked team if not the second from the bottom, but again football is football, its the right attitude and preparation that will make one to be on top of the situation.We are not going there to add numbers, we want to go and do something better for the country,” Pasuwa, the head coach of Zimbabwe said. The star of the this team plays for Czech Republic's champion Sparta Prague (we are talking about Costa Nhamoinesu. Looking at the teams that this team has to face in this Group B it is hightly probable that Zimbabwe will advance to the knock-out stage of the competition.