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Nic Ladds 11th Jan 2010 - 18:59

Super Eagles to fly off with Pharaoh's gold

Entertainment from Group C of the African Cup of Nations sees two of the big names in the tournament take each other on as well as two of the teams hoping to make an impact at long odds and both games are live on Eurosport with William Hill offering over 150 markets on both games.

Egypt v Nigeria - 15:45 live on Eurosport

An absolute belter in prospect for us on Tuesday as defending champions Egypt take on World Cup hopefuls Nigeria with both sides available at odds of 6/4.

This African Cup of Nations has so far been full of shocks and goals (Mali's stunning comeback from four goals down and rank outsiders Malawi hammering Algeria) which have both gone against the way of thinking which was low scores and no upsets.

So which way will this one go with two of the perceived strongest teams lining up against each other? Goal glut or dull stalemate? Backers of the 21/10 draw will not care either way as long as it remains even and this is a tough one to call with Egypt always doing well in this but missing key players and Nigeria consistently underachieving amidst more reports of unrest in the camp.

These two sides will expect to qualify with Benin and Mozambique providing the rest of the opposition but a win would almost certainly see a side through so don't expect them to take it too easy and with the talent on show 4-4 at 250/1 could be more likely than 0-0 at 15/2.

Egypt don't look as strong as they were last time with Mido out due to disagreements with the coach while Amir Zaki and Mohamed Aboutrika are injured so the goal scoring onus falls firmly on the shoulders of Dortmund's Mohammed Zidan (7/1 for first goal) and Emad Moteab (6/1) while punters may remember Hossam Ghaly (25/1) from his time at Tottenham.

Nigeria look a lot stronger but are so wildly inconsistent, often struggling when expected to romp it but in Obafemi Martins (11/2 to score first) and Yakubu (6/1) they have two top quality strikers while Kanu (7/1) has been an excellent servant to his country and Victory Obina (7/1) is one of the brightest young attacking talents around.

Previous results this tournament makes things even harder to predict with Algeria looking disinterested and in turn getting pasted by outsiders Malawi, free scoring Ivory Coast drawing a blank against Burkina Faso and goal shy Angola netting four in their opener but we're going to stick with the logical train of though and Nigeria look stronger and are therefore taken to triumph.

A speculative bet on 2-1 at 15/2 or 3-1 at 20/1 in favour of Nigeria could be worth a poke but it could be worth a check at the starting line ups before steaming in due to the possibility of some top players starting on the bench.

Egypt will want to impress having missed out on the World Cup but with their two key attacking options out, back Nigeria at 6/4 to take this scrap while 3-1 at a big 20/1 is worth a speculative back.

Egypt v Nigeria betting

Mozambique v Benin - 18:15 live on Eurosport

If either of these sides wants to qualify from the group then they will need to win this game and Benin at 11/10 look equipped to make 2/1 chances Mozambique the whipping boys.

The underdogs have an excellent home record but always struggle away and as they are effectively away this could be a big ask with just a handful of players plying their trade at decent clubs, notably defenders Simao, Mexer and Paito so it may be up front they have problems.

36-year-old Tico Tico (7/1 for first goal) is still relied to bag the goals and this could be their main weakness and he will need support from the slightly less ages Dario (7/1) to make an impact.

Benin have more technically gifted players with Metz's Razak Omotoyossi (5/1) and Nice's Mickael Pote (7/1) up front while Paris Saint - Germain's Stephane Sessegnon pulling the strings in midfield, they should too much for Mozambique.

A draw at 11/5 will suit neither side with the might of Nigeria and Egypt still to face so expect both sides to give it a good go and over 2.5 goals at 13/10 looks a fair bet while a correct score of 2-0 at 15/2 or 3-0 at 20/1 to Benin is worth a punt considering Mozambique's lack of attacking talent.

Mozambique v Benin betting

 
 
 

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