African Cup of Nations odds
African Cup of Nations odds are always a tempting proposition and a great way of brightening up a cold January in Britain.
Played biennially, the African Cup of Nations pits the best the continent has to offer against each other in a tournament that is often surprising and thrilling.
However, one game where things tend to be a bit tighter than usual is the final…
The African Cup of Nations odds point to a tight final
In the African Cup of Nations tournaments between 1996 and 2012, the final has produced some incredibly tight games with three of the finals having to be decided on penalties.
Cameroon saw off Nigeria in 2000 in a shoot-out, before Egypt beat the Ivory Coast 4-2 on penalties in 2006 after the sides played out a goalless draw in Cairo.
Most recently in 2012 it was the Ivory Coast that fell short again, this time losing 8-7 to unfancied Zambia.
Low-scoring finals becoming the big norm
Since 2006, only a combined two goals have been scored in the final across four tournaments, with Egypt taking both 1-0 successes.
Backing the African Cup of Nations odds for under 2.5 goals in the final could prove a lucrative punt.
The Ivory Coast are arguably due a change of luck as they look to build on their sole African Cup of Nations success back in 1992.
With a particularly talented attacking line-up, including Didier Drogba and Wilfried Bony, it is not a major surprise that the Ivory Coast are favourites for the 2013 renewal of the African Cup of Nations at 7/4.
Following them in the betting are Ghana, Nigeria and tournament hosts South Africa, with Algeria among the outsiders most worthy of consideration.