African World Cup Qualification

18th July 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Africa

 

The winners of each group will qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and the top three in each group will qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

 

Upcoming Fixtures

 

There are still plenty of games left to play. Most sides have three fixtures left to go but Gabon and Cameroon in Group A still have four remaining fixtures.

This means there are no teams in the African side of the draw already qualified for the tournament next year.

 

Group A

05/09/2009 – Gabon V Cameroon
05/09/2009 – Togo V Morocco

Group B

06/09/2009 – Mozambique V Kenya
06/09/2009 – Nigeria V Tunisia

Group C

05/09/2009 – Rwanda V Egypt
06/09/2009 – Algeria V Zambia

Group D

06/09/2009 – Benin V Mali
06/09/2009 – Ghana V Sudan

Group E

05/09/2009 – Malawi V Guinea
05/09/2009 – Ivory Coast V Burkina Faso

 

Group Summary’s

 

Group A

 

Group A is arguably the toughest group to call. Each of the four sides have the potential and ability to compete to a high standard at the World Cup next year and it would take a brave punter to call this group. Surprisingly, it’s Gabon who lead the way after two successive victories while Cameroon are left stranded at the foot of the table with just the one point from their opening two fixtures.

Togo and Morocco have each played a game more but both find themselves well in contention for a berth into next years finale. However, with Morocco playing a game more then leaders Gabon, they will probably need maximum points from their remaining games. The same can be said for every side to be honest as one slip up could cost any side.

 

Group B

 

Tunisia will be the more confident of nations at the midway point as they occupy first position, but only by a two point margin. Two wins and one draw mean they’ve yet to taste defeat although the same can be said for Nigeria who have drawn two of their three opening fixtures with their only win coming at home to Kenya.

Although you don’t like to discount any teams too early, it does look a two-way battle for that solitary qualification spot into the World Cup. Not only do Kenya and Mozambique fin themselves several points astray of the leading pair but they also lack the quality to win all of their remaining games, which will be required to qualify you would think.

 

Group C

 

Algeria will be confident of a place in South Africa after they lead the way after three games played. They currently lead the way at the top with Egypt and Zambia trailing in second and third respectively. Algeria are three points ahead of the challenging pair which means two wins from their remaining three fixtures could be enough to secure a place in the World Cup.

Unfortunately for Rwanda, qualification for the World Cup looks all but gone. They’ve picked up just the single point from their three games and would need a miracle to qualify from the position they’re in. They will still want to qualify for the African Cup of Nations though so don’t expect them to roll over.

 

Group D

 

It comes as no surprise that Ghana head Group D as they were a short priced favourite to win the group. They are one of just two sides to maintain a 100% record in the third round of qualifying for the World Cup and their spot in Africa next year looks all but sealed providing they don’t take their foot off the gas.

Mali, Benin and Sudan will now have to concentrate on booking a spot in the African Cup of Nations as all three trail Ghana. Mali currently hold second spot with four points and are five points behind Ghana at the top. Benin have added three points while Sudan have struggled throughout with just one point and sit rock-bottom at the halfway stage.

 

Group E

 

Ivory Coast may look home and hosed but Burkina Faso may have something to say about that. The latter find themselves three points adrift of leaders Ivory Coast but three successive victories in their three remaining games would see them qualify barring they outscore Ivory Coast. However, the Ivory Coast beat Burkina Faso on their own turf and it does look a big ask for Faso to get a result on Ivory soil.

Guinea will want to register a few more points to secure a place in the African Cup of Nations while bottom side Malawi have been the beating boys in this group. They have yet to notch up any points and have shipped eight goals in their opening three qualifying games.

 

Qualifying Favourites

 

Group A

 

Pick a favourite at your peril. This group is wide open with any of the four sides still potential a World Cup outfit. Gabon lead the way but they still have to win a few more games before they can even start thinking about a possible World Cup place. They thrashed Togo 3-0 on home soil and beat Morocco in front of the Moroccan fans and with the other countries results not looking good on paper, Gabon look the value right now.

 

Group B

 

Tunisia is where our money would go in what looks a lacklustre group. Nigeria are not the force they were a decade ago while Kenya and Mozambique need to spring several shocks in order to drag themselves back into contention. Tunisia have a knack of qualifying for the World Cup and they’re our favourites in Group B.

 

Group C

 

Algeria have been very impressive in the early stages. Victories over Zambia and Egypt have left them in good stead but Egypt have several potential match winners in their squad and the Egyptians only find themselves three points behind Algeria at the top. The key game will be the Egypt V Algeria game in Egypt and it’s the last game of the group. That could very well be a winner takes all game.

 

Group D

 

It’s very hard to oppose Essien & Co. Ghana take a handsome lead into the second half of qualifying and have put a five point gap between themselves and their nearest challenger in Mali. One more victory could be enough for Ghana to book their ticket and we can’t see anything but a Ghana celebration.

 

Group E

 

You would like to think that Ivory Coast will fill the last African qualifying spot although Burkina Faso could spoil the party. However, the Ivory Coast is a team full of quality and providing they keep their players fit, they should sail through to the world cup.




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