World Cup 2018 – Top African Team Betting Odds & Predictions

31st March 2018 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

More often than not, the African nations heading to the World Cup can be a bit of an unknown quantity. They are teams who you don’t get to see in action very often and when they do, say at the Africa Cup of Nations, it’s still hard to judge the overall quality of competition when it gets translated over to the big stage of the World Cup. So here we take a look ahead at World Cup 2018 betting to see who could be the top African side.

Naturally, of course, the draw at the tournament is going to be a factor in this, it’s not just being about the best side. Morocco, for example, saw off the Ivory Coast to qualify, but they have been drawn in a horrible group alongside Spain and Portugal so their chances of getting in the mix are going to severely limited.

Current Fifa Rankings
Tunisia 23rd
Senegal 27th
Morocco 42nd
Egypt 44th
Nigeria 52nd

Current CAF Rankings
Tunisia 1st
Senegal 2nd
Morocco 4th
Egypt 5th
Nigeria 7th

World Cup Top African Team Odds*

Senegal 15/8, Nigeria 11/4, Egypt 11/4, Morocco 7/1, Tunisia 10/1


So you can see from the table, even though Tunisia are currently the top ranking site in Africa, they are the rank outsiders of the five African representatives making their way to Russia 2018 to get the furthest. Part of that is down to the draw because they have to compete with England and Belgium in their group. Their other game at the World Cup will be against Panama and that is a realistic target for them. Tunisia are 13/10 favourites at Bet365* (betting odds taken on March 30th at 3:47 a.m.) to get the win in that one. The thing is, could they get a point out of either England or Belgium (ok more likely England), to bolster their chances of finding as for the top African team?


There has been a fair amount of hype surrounding Senegal and a lot of it is because of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. One man doesn’t make a team of course, but there are more familiar names in the squad which could help them, like Everton’s Idrissa Gueye and Oumar Niasse. Other familiar names include Cheikhou Kouyate and Mame Diouf and so more of their squad, more so than any of the other African nations heading to the World Cup have cut their teeth at higher levels of European competition. But what of their group campaign at the World Cup? It’s manageable as they face Colombia, who have very little from, Poland who are probably going to be their trickiest test, and Japan. So there is enough room for them to get out of the group.


Morocco just got the short end of the stick of the African Nations at the World Cup. You can see can Tunisia digging in and potentially frustrating a point out of England or Belgium. But Morocco doing the same against either Portugal or Spain in their group is a different matter altogether. It is not going to happen. They may get something out of their fixture against Iran, but they are likely to finish as the lowest of the African Nations at the World Cup.


The Egyptians may end up finding themselves in a competitive group. Uruguay are the favourites to top Group A at the World Cup and that is probably going to be who actually does win the group. Also in the group are host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia. Egypt should have enough about them to collect three points against Saudi Arabia and then it is how they perform against Russia which is going to determine their chances. Actually, Russia look really poor at the moment, and if the home support starts turning against them, it could turn sour quickly for them. So there is every chance of Egypt making a run at second place in the group. Egypt are 6/5 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on March 30th at 3:47 a.m.) to qualify and that represents a lot of value in our eyes.


The Super Eagles appear to be the one Africa nation which no-one is really talking about ahead of the World Cup. They made it through to the round of sixteen four years ago in Brazil. They are the lowest ranked of the African Nations to have qualified for the tournament and they have a tough group ahead of them and probably are not going to get out. Argentina are the group favourites in Group D and there is also Iceland and Croatia in there that the Super Eagles have to deal with. That’s probably too much higher-level opposition for them to handle and so they will probably bow out of the group stage. It is a little surprising to see them as second favourites to be the top African team.


Senegal, because of the draw and the depth of their squad do sensibly look the best option to be the Top African Nation for 15/8 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on March 30th at 3:47 a.m.). But Egypt can also cause a stir at the tournament, especially if Liverpool’s Mo Salah who was top scorer in the CAF qualification third round brings his form to the show. They look more viable an option than Nigeria as second favourites.

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