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A year later than planned, the best teams in Africa are set to slug it out for continental glory – and you can expect plenty of thrilling matches, with a whole host of Premier League stars including Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez in action.
The Africa Cup of Nations – moved due to climate concerns and the coronavirus pandemic – will be played in Cameroon between Sunday, January 9 and Sunday, February 6.
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Algeria are the defending champions after beating Senegal in the 2019 final but recent history is against the Fennec Foxes as Egypt were the last country to retain the trophy in 2010.
You’ll find all the key information you need ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations including the fixtures and schedule below.
Africa Cup of Nations 2022 Groups
The 24 qualifiers have been split into six groups of four. The top two from each group progress to the last-16 stage in addition to the four best performing third-placed teams.
Group A: Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ethiopia
Group B: Senegal, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Malawi
Group C: Morocco, Ghana, Gabon, Comoros
Group D: Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, Guinea-Bissau
Group E: Algeria, Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea
Group F: Tunisia, Mali, Gambia, Mauritania
Africa Cup of Nations 2022 Fixtures & Schedule
Sunday January 9
Monday January 10
Tuesday January 11
Wednesday January 12
Thursday January 13
Friday January 14
Saturday January 15
Sunday January 16
Monday January 17
Tuesday January 18
Wednesday January 19
Thursday January 20
Sunday January 23
Game 1: Burkina Faso v Gabon (4pm)
Game 2: Nigeria v Tunisia (7pm)
Monday January 24
Game 3: Guinea v Gambia (4pm)
Game 4: Cameroon v Comoros (7pm)
Tuesday January 25
Game 5: Senegal v Cape Verde (4pm)
Game 6: Morocco v Malawi (7pm)
Wednesday January 26
Game 7: Ivory Coast v Egypt (4pm)
Game 8: Mali v Equatorial Guinea (7pm)
Saturday January 29
Quarter-Final 1: Round-of-16 game 4 winner v Round-of-16 game 3 winner (4pm)
Quarter-Final 2: Round-of-16 game 1 winner v Round-of-16 game 2 winner (7pm)
Sunday January 30
Quarter-Final 3: Round-of-16 game 7 winner v Round-of-16 game 6 winner (4pm)
Quarter-Final 4: Round-of-16 game 5 winner v Round-of-16 game 8 winner (7pm)
Wednesday February 2
Semi-Final 1: Quarter-final 1 winner v Quarter-final 4 winner (7pm)
Thursday February 3
Semi-Final 2: Quarter-final 2 winner v Quarter-final 3 winner (7pm)
Sunday February 6
Third Place Play-Off (4pm)
Africa Cup of Nations 2022 Premier League Players
Arsenal: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Thomas Partey, Nicolas Pepe, Mohamed Elneny, Omar Rekik
Aston Villa: Mahmoud Trezeguet, Bertrand Traore
Brentford: Julian Jeanvier, Frank Onyeka, Tarique Fosu-Henry
Brighton: Yves Bissouma
Burnley: Maxwel Cornet
Chelsea: Edouard Mendy
Crystal Palace: Cheikhou Kouyate, Jeffrey Schlupp, Jordan Ayew, Wilfried Zaha
Everton: Alex Iwobi
Leeds United: None
Leicester City: Daniel Amartey, Nampalys Mendy, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho
Liverpool: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Naby Keita
Manchester City: Riyad Mahrez
Manchester United: Eric Bailly, Amad Diallo, Hannibal Mejbri
Newcastle United: None
Norwich City: None
Southampton: Moussa Djenepo
Watford: William Troost-Ekong, Imran Louza, Adam Masina, Ismaila Sarr
West Ham: Said Benrahma
Wolves: Willy Boly, Romain Saiss
Africa Cup of Nations 2022 Odds
We make Senegal the joint-favourites in our Africa Cup of Nations Outright Winner betting market, despite a series of less than impressive performances in the group stage.
Cameroon have made an impressive start on home soil with three wins from three group games and main man Vincent Aboubakar firing five goals.
Nigeria are the third favourites to lift the trophy after getting the better of Mohamed Salah and co. in their opening group game thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s fine winner before victories in their other fixtures to progress to the last 16 with a 100 per cent record.
Ivory Coast are also prominent in our book with their squad containing familiar names such as Wilfried Zaha, Nicolas Pepe, Eric Bailly, Maxwell Cornet and Jean Michael Seri. They eliminated reigning champions Algeria with a 3-1 win in their final group game to set up a last-16 tie with Egypt.
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