AFCON 2019: Round-of-16 Odds, TV Schedule, Live Stream and Predictions

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 4, 2019

Egypt's Mohamed Salah takes a free kick during the group A soccer match between Egypt and DR Congo at the Africa Cup of Nations at Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations knockout rounds begin on Friday, with the continent's major sides vying for a place in the quarter-finals.

Morocco play Benin in the opening last-16 game, followed by Senegal's match against Uganda.

Hosts and favourites Egypt will continue their campaign on Saturday. South Africa stand between the Pharaohs and the last eight.

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Round-of-16 TV Schedule, Odds and Predictions

Friday, July 5

Morocco vs. Benin, 6 p.m. local, 5 p.m. BST, 12 p.m. ET, Eurosport (UK), BeIN Sports (U.S.) [2-0]

Odds: Morocco 6-11, Benin 8-1, draw 14-5

Uganda vs. Senegal, 9 p.m. local, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET, Eurosport (UK), BeIN Sports (U.S.) [0-2]

Odds: Uganda 7-1, Senegal 3-5, draw 11-4 

Saturday, July 6

Nigeria vs. Cameroon, 6 p.m. local, 5 p.m. BST, 12 p.m. ET, Eurosport (UK), BeIN Sports (U.S.) [1-0]

Odds: Nigeria 17-10, Cameroon 21-10, draw 2-1

Egypt vs. South Africa, 9 p.m. local, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET, Eurosport (UK), BeIN Sports (U.S.) [3-0]

Odds: Egypt 3-5, South Africa 6-1, draw 14-5

Sunday, July 7

Madagascar vs. DR Congo, 6 p.m. local, 5 p.m. BST, 12 p.m. ET, Eurosport (UK), BeIN Sports (U.S.) [1-2]

Odds: Madagascar 37-13, DR Congo 6-5, draw 11-5

Algeria vs. Guinea, 9 p.m. local, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET, Eurosport (UK), BeIN Sports (U.S.) [3-1]

Odds: Algeria 11-13, Guinea 22-5, draw 23-10

Monday, July 8

Mali vs. Ivory Coast, 6 p.m. local, 5 p.m. BST, 12 p.m. ET, Eurosport (UK), BeIN Sports (U.S.) [0-1]

Odds: Mali 28-11, Ivory Coast 7-5, draw 33-16

Ghana vs. Tunisia, 9 p.m. local, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET, Eurosport (UK), BeIN Sports (U.S.) [1-0]

Odds: Ghana 9-5, Tunisia 21-10, draw 15-8

                    

Full scheduling for the rest of the tournament can be found at CAFonline.com. Live streaming for all matches will be available via Eurosport Player (UK) and beIN Sports Connect (U.S.). All odds via Oddschecker.

                                         

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Egypt remain 4-1 favourites to capture an eighth AFCON title, according to Oddschecker, and they will face a defensive opponent in the opening knockout round.

The Egyptians stormed through Group A with a perfect record and are yet to concede a goal in the tournament.

Mohamed Salah remains in good form after winning the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool, and the forward scored against DR Congo and Uganda.

South Africa qualified as one of the third-best teams in the group phase, and their lack of goal threat could be their downfall.

Bafana Bafana scraped through after earning three points in Group D and scoring just once in three games.

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Senegal are second favourites to win the cup and should have too much in the tank for Uganda.

The Lions of Teranga suffered a 1-0 defeat to Algeria, but victories over Kenya and Tanzania saw them advance.

Sadio Mane scored twice for Senegal in Group C, but both goals came from the penalty spot. The forward is yet to finish in open play.

Algeria proved their credentials against the Senegalese, and they have not won the competition since 1990. The success was the nation's only triumph at the tournament, and the inspiration provided by captain Riyad Mahrez will be relied upon in the knockouts.

Mahrez and Co. will play Guinea in the next round, and the Desert Foxes will expect to feature in the latter stages.

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