The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is officially in full swing as all 16 teams have played their first match in South Africa.
Now Day 5 has arrived, marking the second match for the four Group A teams that all drew in their opening games on Day 1. The bad news is that all four teams have lots of work to do. The good news, though, is that all four are very much alive to finish in the top two and ultimately advance to the quarterfinals.
Here we get you set for Wednesday's Group A action with important live stream viewing info and some predictions on the day's matches.
Live Streaming: ESPN3.com
South Africa Will Knock off Angola
Sure, South Africa looked underwhelming in its Group A-opening draw against Cape Verde, but the hosts have to turn it on at some point don't they?
I like Bernard Parker and company to find their way on Wednesday, scoring the squad's first goal of the tournament against an Angola defense that, though talented and stout, will be susceptible to the speed of Parker as well as talented South African midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala.
I don't foresee the hosts pouring in a bunch of goals versus Angola, but I think if either side is going to find the back of the net for the first time at this year's tournament, it will be South Africa. They aren't an international powerhouse, but they are a legitimate force among the continent's best nations.
Meanwhile, Angola's offensive firepower showed glimpses but couldn't get over the hump on Day 1, which creates more than enough doubt in my mind to avoid picking it.
Morocco Will Draw With Cape Verde Islands
All four Group A teams are even with a point each in the table after having played one match apiece. But not only did all four sides draw in their opener, neither managed to score a single goal.
You have to believe that the goal scorers will begin to find their way as the tournament wears on, but for now I expect defense to continue to reign supreme. Both of these sides have proven in recent matches that they can defend with Africa's best, and I anticipate strong defensive play will steal the Group A show once again on Day 5, at least in the second of the two clashes.
I'm predicting a 0-0 draw in Wednesday's later group match. Cape Verde came close to cashing in against South Africa in the opener, but I think they'll struggle once again going up against Morocco's talented back line.
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