AFCON 2019: Semi-Finals Odds, Schedule, Live Stream and Predictions

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2019

Senegal's Sadio Mane warms up before the African Cup of Nations group C soccer match between Algeria and Senegal at 30 June Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, June 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has reached the semi-final stage, with Senegal, Algeria, Nigeria and Tunisia on the brink of glory.

The last-four ties will take place on Sunday, when Algeria line up against Nigeria, and Senegal face Tunisia.

Senegal are slight favourites to win the competition, but all four teams have the ability to claim the trophy.

                     

Semi-Finals TV Schedule, Odds and Predictions

Sunday, July 14

Senegal vs. Tunisia: 6 p.m. local time, 5 p.m. BST, 12 p.m. ET, Eurosport (UK), beIN Sports (U.S.) [2-1]

Odds: Senegal 11-10, Tunisia 10-3, draw 44-19

Algeria vs. Nigeria: 9 p.m. local time, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET, Eurosport (UK), beIN Sports (U.S.) [2-1]

Odds: Algeria 17-10, Nigeria 23-10, draw 11-5

                

Odds to Win the AFCON

Senegal: 6-4

Algeria: 11-4

Nigeria: 9-2

Tunisia: 6-1

                             

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

                                                                             

Preview

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The semi-finals have thrown up two interesting encounters, and despite Senegal and Algeria holding the status of favourites, their opponents will feel they have a chance.

The tournament has been incredibly tight to date. Knockout matches have regularly gone to extra time and penalties, or they have been decided by a single goal in 90 minutes.

Senegal are the favourites to win the Africa Cup of Nations, but they lost 1-0 to Algeria in the group stage and have appeared less than convincing.

The Lions of Teranga, who have Liverpool forward Sadio Mane among their ranks, could only fashion 1-0 wins over Uganda and Benin in the knockout rounds and are yet to truly spark.

Algeria have impressed, though, and Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez has been one of the players of the tournament.

Ivory Coast's defender Wilfried Kanon (L) fights for the ball with Algeria's forward Riyad Mahrez during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) quarter final football match between Ivory Coast and Algeria at the Suez stadium in Suez on July 11, 2019. (Photo
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The Desert Foxes captain has been inspirational, with the midfielder linking with the team's forward line at every opportunity.

Nigeria and Tunisia will be the underdogs in the semi-finals, but both have been consistent throughout the tournament.

The Tunisians posted three draws in the group stage, but Nigeria won twice. Victories by a 1-0 margin over Burundi and Guinea underlined the Super Eagles' ability to gain three points while keeping clean sheets.

Senegal and Algeria might have the additional quality in their squads, but if the semi-finals remain tight, any of the four nations involved could be contesting the showpiece on July 19.

                   

Prediction: Senegal and Algeria progress to the AFCON final.

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