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Lots of early betting options for the African Nations Cup

| 20.01.2012

IVORY COAST are the well backed favourites to win the African Nations Cup, according to Ladbrokes.

The bookies report a significant gamble on the Elephants to win the tournament at 13/8 with Dider Drogba also a popular selection in the ‘Top Premier League’ scorer market at the same price. Drogba is also the favourite to be the overall tournament top scorer at 7/2, while Demba Ba’s recent Premier League exploits have forced his top goal price into 7/1 from 10/1.

Senegal are another side for money having opened at 9/1 in December. They currently trade at 6/1 leaving the majority of the other teams friendless except outsiders Gabon who are 20/1 from 28/1 for glory.

The firm are also continuing their popular goalscorer refund concession targeting a series of Premier League favourites. If Demba Ba finds the back of the net at anytime in Senegal’s opening match all losing first goal bets will be refunded with the same offer applying should Gervinho score against Sudan.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “The money we’ve taken suggests Ivory Coast could be a class above. They’re short enough however for a tournament of this length and if they slip up punters expect Senegal to be the beneficiaries.

He added: “Premier League favourites have been well backed to get among the goals. Many fancy Ba to maintain his scoring streak.”

Ladbrokes latest betting

African Nations Cup winner

Ivory Coast 13/8
Ghana 4/1
Senegal 6/1
Tunisia 8/1
Morocco 10/1
Mali 16/1
Gabon 20/1
Burkina Faso 22/1
Angola 33/1
Zambia 40/1
Libya 40/1
Botswana 50/1
Sudan 50/1
Niger 80/1
Equatorial Guinea 80/1

Top goalscorer

Didier Drogba 7/2
Asamoah Gyan 6/1
Demba Ba 7/1
Papiss Cisse 14/1
Salamon Kalou 14/1
Moussa Sow 16/1
Issam Jemaa 16/1
Gervais Kouassi (Gervinho) 16/1
Yaya Touré 20/1
Prince Tagoe 20/1
Mamadou Niang 20/1
Marouane Chamakh 20/1

Top Premier League goalscorer
Didier Drogba 13/8
Demba Ba 10/3
Salomon Kalou 6/1
Papiss Cisse 8/1
Gervinho 10/1
Marouane Chamakh 12/1
Yaya Touré 14/1
Adel Taarabt 25/1
Cheick Tiote 50/1
Mohamed Diame 66/1
Kolo Touré 100/1
Armand Traore 150/1

Equitorial Guinea 17/10
Draw 19/10
Libya 17/10

Senegal 8/11
Draw 23/10
Zambia 4/1

***If Demba Ba scores at any time in this game we will refund all losing first goal scorer bets***

Ivory Coast 1/6
Draw 9/2
Sudan 10/1

***If Gervinho scores at any time in this game we will refund all losing first goal scorer bets ***

Burkina Faso 13/10
Draw 21/10
Angola 7/4



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.