A total of 52 teams have entered the 2017 African Cup of Nations tournament, including the hosts (Gabon) which qualified automatically for the final tournament. The draw for the qualification stage took place on 8 April 2015, immediately after the announcement of the host nation. The host nation team (Gabon) will also be drawn into a group and will play games against those in that group; however, these matches will only be considered as friendlies and not counted for the standings.

Due to the cancellation of Morocco being hosts of the 2015 edition, the national team of Morocco were originally banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) from participating in the 2017 and 2019 Africa Cups of Nations. However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning Morocco may enter the tournament.

Betting on the Tournament

The African Cup of Nations garners a huge amount of attention from punters and bookmakers. With so many people betting all the time, pay outs can be enormous. Many people taking part means large purses can form. So winnings can expand astronomically. Now is the best chance to capitalise, and get to know how Betting on African Cup of Nations works, for this will be essential to winning effectively when the time for the tournament rolls around in 2017.

Types of Soccer Bets

Soccer, or football matches are happening all the time, and the chances to bet are astounding. But not only can you bet on any game, but on almost any aspect of the game too. Such as;

Line Betting: The most common form of betting as well as the simplest. It is a bet on the outcome of a game. You can choose from three options. Team A to win, team B to win, or a draw. The odds and the pay outs will shift depending on whether or not there is a favourite.

Spread Betting: This is similar to line betting, but with a handicap set up so there are similar odds for each side. For example, say team A is the heavy favourite against team B, in order for a bet on team A to pay out, they must win by 3 or more goals. For a bet on team B to pay out, they must either win, draw, or lose by only 1 goal. If team A wins by 2 in this scenario, the bet is cancelled and the money is neither lost nor gained.

Over/Under Betting: Punters bet on the total number of goals scored in a game. Australian betting sites will select a number, and punters choose whether the total will be over or under that number. If they chose correctly, they get a pay-out.

Future Betting: This is betting on the outcome of a tournament. It is usually very difficult to predict the winner of such an event. Therefore it can be the most lucrative bet possible.

Prop Betting: Prop bets are basically bets on anything other than what is already listed. They can be almost any aspect of the game. Will a specific play score, will there be a red card, when will the first goal be scored, etc.

Within the soccer betting community, there are many possibilities. The huge sport is constantly growing, so it is never too late to get into soccer betting. The 2017 African Cup of Nations is the ideal opportunity. And it can all be done from within the comfort of your own home.