African Nations Championship Best Bets for the Weekend’s Matchday 3 Final Group Stage

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Soccer Pick: Senegal vs. DR Congo Halftime Draw (-111) at Everygame (visit our Everygame Review)

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Join us in previewing the weekends’ final group stage fixtures for the African Nations Championship as our expert analysts have crafted the best soccer picks and predictions. 

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Libya vs. Ethiopia 

Saturday, January 21, 2023 – 02:00 PM EST at 19 May 1956 Stadium

Trends & Team Form 

  • Ethiopia hasn’t scored a goal at CHAN thus far  
  • Libya has lost 2 consecutive games at this tournament   

Libya Analysis

Libya enters matchday 3 of the African Nations Championship as one of the worst-performing teams with two consecutive losses. Their ongoing run leaves nothing more than pride to play for, as they’ve taken an early exit from the competition with no chance of survival. 

As former winners of the competition, it was a surprise to see them sitting rock bottom of Group A without a point, and they’ll now face Ethiopia, the third-place team who’ve played as equally dreadful.  

However, losing 3-2 to Mozambique last time out was a valiant effort, as they led most of the game. Unfortunately, their opponents netted three goals in 10-second minutes, as Anis Saltou’s late game strike was too little, too late.  

Libya has lost three of their last five games in all competitions, maintaining just one clean sheet during this stretch. They’ve also failed to score in three of their last five, and all those games provided under 2.5 goals.  

Ethiopia Analysis

Ethiopia will enter the fixture after falling 1-0 to the competition hosts Algeria. But unlike their Saturday opponents, there’s still hope for them to qualify. Should Algeria defeat Mozambique in the other Group A meeting and defeat Libya by two goals, a place in the final eight awaits.  

That said, Ethiopia is one of three teams in the tournament that haven’t netted a single goal, and for them to score two unanswered goals versus Libya is a big ask. 

Scoring goals hasn’t been Ethiopia’s strong suit of late, with just one goal from their previous five games in all competitions. Furthermore, under 2.5 goals have landed in all their last five meetings, as another low-scoring affair is likely to play out this weekend.  

Betting Pick 

With a mountain to climb of two unanswered goals and a current goal-scoring record of 0, Ethiopia’s chance of qualification is slim. As Libya has already been eliminated, they won’t want to leave the competition with another loss on their record.  

As with most CHAN meetings, wagering on a lack of goals is the key to winning slips. Neither team are formidable in front of goal, and I don’t expect that to change here. Will both teams score? No, they won’t.   

Soccer Pick: Both Teams to Score – No (-175) at Everygame

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Senegal vs. DR Congo 

Sunday, January 22, 2023 – 02:00 PM EST at 19 May 1956 Stadium

Trends & Team Form 

  • DR Congo has seen two goalless draws in the competition thus far 
  • Senegal concedes an average of 0.75 goals in their CHAN fixtures  

Senegal Analysis

The Lions of Teranga got off to the perfect start when taking all three points from Ivory Coast last weekend. However, a 33rd-minute shocker from Milton Karisa and 90 minutes of heart saw Uganda deliver an upset to Senegal last time out.  

Senegal dominated the possession versus Uganda and had 18 shots in that game. Still, their opponents only needed one shot on target to seal the victory and subsequently sit atop Group B for their efforts.  

An 83rd-minute red card for Mame Libasse Laye Ngom revealed the frustrations of Pape Thiaw’s men, who must win their Saturday clash with DR Congo to guarantee a place in the final eight.  

Interestingly, if Senegal draws and Ivory Coast win, three teams will finish Group B with equal points, and qualification placements will be determined on goal difference. And as only two goals have been scored in the entire group thus far, quarter-finalist positions could come down to final third persistency.  

DR Congo Analysis

DR Congo has collected two points from two goalless draws thus far, holding Uganda and Ivory Coast to bore draws. And it wouldn’t be surprising to see them maintain a robust style versus a Senegal squad that’s clearly missing their European stars to assist in goal-scoring.    

Betting Pick 

With everything to play for, neither team will want to let up in this fixture. It’s going to come down to the wire, and with a betting price of -111 on a first-half draw, we’re seeing significant value considering the lackluster attacking threats we’ve witnessed thus far.   

Soccer Pick: Halftime Draw (-111) at Everygame

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