Betting on African Football
Football enthusiasm in Africa knows no borders. In every African country, children kick the ball in the streets every day and admire their great idols, who have made the leap to Europe, and some have even reached the top of the world. Especially from countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, the Ivory Coast or most recently Guinea, Mali or the DR Congo, countless top talents move to Europe or Asia every year. The leagues of the best African football nations are therefore to be seen as development leagues and do not enjoy great continuity in the player sector. The most exciting leagues in Africa can be found up north – the fan stands are impressive to look at week by week, and football is generally of higher quality and financially better positioned than in the southern regions of the continent.
North and South, West and East meet in Africa as part of the CAF Champions League. The African association CAF holds this tournament annually, usually lets more than 50 teams qualify and after a group stage of four groups it goes on to the quarter-finals, from which the game is played as a home and away duel just like in the UEFA Champions League. There is also a first and second leg in the final.
Betting on the CAF Champions League
The African version of Europe’s top-class has always been an exciting pool of numerous top talents and, given that the seasonal performance of many clubs – especially south of the Sahara desert – is very difficult to foresee in advance, is also a platform for numerous surprise wins. The competition was held for the first time in 1964 and since then there have been 26 different title holders from 12 different countries. The most successful teams in the tournament naturally come from the north of Africa: Egypt’s teams won 14 titles, followed by Morocco, Tunisia and the DR Congo, each with six successes, and Algeria and Cameroon with five each.
The most successful title holders in the CAF Champions League
8 Ah Ahly Cairo (EGY)
5 Zamalek SC (EGY)
TP Mazembe (DRC)
4 Espérance Tunis (TUN)
3 Raja Casablanca (MOR)
Hafia FC (GUI)
Canon Yaoundé (CMR)
2 Asante Kotoko (GHA)
Enyimba FC (NIG)
JS Kabylie (ALG)
ES Sétif (ALG)
Wydad Casablanca (MOR)
The two big teams in the African Champions League are the top Egyptian clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek, which have a long a fierce rivalry. In recent years, however, the Congolese club Mazembe has stalked to the top, winning three tournaments between 2009 and 2015. In general, the North African clubs, with their extremely hard playing style and significantly larger financial resources, are largely superior to the other clubs. These facts, as well as the violent behaviour of some fans, have already been the subject of criticism by other members of the association against their competitors from the north. While the CAF Champions League still sees a lot of goals in the preliminary round and group matches, the average number of goals traditionally decreases in the knockout phase.
Betting on African leagues
For real football experts, the more exotic African leagues hold a lot of charm. There are many stars of tomorrow to find in smaller league, and also a sometimes quite funny portion of chaos and a high level of athleticism can be observed within those leagues. Overall, however, the best leagues in Africa can be found in the north and especially the national competitions in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia are highly explosive and characterized by heated duels between archrivals. We look at the top leagues and also take a look at other important teams from the “Black Continent”.
Egypt: Betting on the EPL
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The Egyptian Premier League is the most successful league on the African continent in terms of continental comparison. Like the CAF Champions League, the league is massively shaped by the eternal struggle between the two major clubs from Cairo, Al-Ahly and Zamalek. Like some major European leagues, the Egyptian top-flight with 18 teams is played out in classic 34 rounds. In addition to the two traditional top clubs, sides such as El Masry, Ismaily SC or the Arab Contractors are often found in the upper regions of the table. Smaller clubs rarely win some silverware: only seven championships were not won by Zamalek or the clear record champion Al-Ahly.
Al-Ahly – Betting on the Red Giants
Betting Tipps Al Ahly
- Die Mannschaft hat bisher mit 16 Toren die meisten Treffer in dieser Saison erzielt.
- In den letzten 17 von 19 Auswärtsspiele hat Al Ahly zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 17 von 19 Auswärtsspiele des Al Ahly ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 17 von 20 Heimspiele hat Al Ahly zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 17 von 20 Heimspiele des Al Ahly ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- Al Ahly hat die letzten 16 von 19 Auswärtsspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
By far the most successful club of Egypt and across the continent is Al-Ahly Cairo. With 41 championships and 36 cup trophies, the Reds are practically impossible to catch. Al-Ahly trained later Egyptian top players like Hossam Hassan, Hany Ramzy or Hossam Ghaly and employed several international coaches like Nándor Hidegkuti, Karl-Heinz Feldkamp, Dixie Dörner or René Weiler. Al-Ahly’s superiority in Egypt is comparable to that of Bayern Munich in Germany, Red Bull Salzburg in Austria or Juventus in Italy. Interestingly, the record champions even have a better away than home record in many seasons, although mostly only very few games are not won overall. It is traditionally very difficult to score against Al-Ahly at all and especially in home games the team can develop into a true goal scoring machine in good seasons.
Zamalek – Betting on Egypt’s Royals
Betting Tipps Zamalek
- Der Verein steht derzeit auf Platz 1 in der Tabelle.
- Zamalek hat die letzten 13 von 14 Heimspiele gewonnen.
- In den letzten 13 von 14 Heimspiele hat Zamalek zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 13 von 14 Heimspiele des Zamalek ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- Zamalek hat die letzten 6 von 7 Auswärtsspiele gewonnen.
- In den letzten 5 von 6 Auswärtsspiele des Zamalek ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
The great Al-Ahly challenger, Zamalek SC, is also known as “The Royal Club”. With 12 championship titles, the White and Red are the second most successful club in the country, but still always in the shadow of Al-Ahly. The most famous players in the club’s history were Mido, later top coach Hassan Shehata, the Nigerian Emmanuel Amunike and goalkeeper legend Abdel Wahed El Sayed. The club is currently run by an eccentric president named Mortada Mansour. The former lawyer is considered a powerful opponent of the country’s Ultrá movements, has a seat in the Egyptian parliament, is extremely controversial in many ways and considered authoritarian. In his first year as club president, Zamalek became champion, but after that gradually lost the lead and was repeatedly overtaken by smaller teams like El Masry and Ismaily which led to massive protests by the supporters.
Al Ahly – Zamalek: Betting on the Cairo Derby
- 22.08.20 Zamalek Al Ahly
Betting Tipps Al Ahly - Zamalek
- Bei diesem Duell spielt der Tabellenerste gegen den Zweitplatzierten.
- Zamalek trifft auf den Torgarant der Liga, Al Ahly.
- Im letzten Spiel sind mehr als 3 Tore gefallen.
- Im letzten Duell haben beide Teams getroffen
- Das letzte Spiel ist nicht Unentschieden ausgegangen.
The clash between Al-Ahly and Zamalek is one of three extremely heated games in North Africa and one of the most important derbies on the continent. The game was played for the first time in 1917 and since then kicked off more than 160 times. Al-Ahly is clearly ahead in the overall statistics. Around 42% of the games are won by the Red Giants, while Zamalek can only win around 22% of the derbies. No other derby – possibly even worldwide – is abandoned as often as the Cairo Derby. Since the Port Said stadium tragedy in 2012, the requirements for fans have been even greater and Egypt has adopted a zero tolerance policy against rioters. The situation on the pitch is still very hot, so fighting and often cards dominate in the duel between the two capital city clubs. Goals, however, are rare in this derby: On average, games between the two rivals in Egypt’s Premier League only count 2.11 goals per game, which is one of the lowest derby values worldwide. In Africa, such low scoring games are common in general.
Morocco: Betting on the Botola
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Morocco’s top division is called Botola. Another name is “GNF 1”. While FAR de Rabat was the predominant team in the country until the late 1980s, the country’s football hub has now shifted to Casablanca. The duel between the two major clubs in the city, Wydad and Raja, shapes the league. The Moroccan League is one of the most low scoring leagues in the world. The season average usually fluctuates between 2.00 and 2.20 goals per league game, but there are even exceptions, such as the 2013/14 season, in which only 1.90 goals were scored per game. The Botola is a 16-club league that is played in 30 rounds.
Wydad Casablanca: Betting on WAC
Betting Tipps Wydad Casablanca
- In den letzten 16 von 17 Heimspiele des Wydad Casablanca ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- Wydad Casablanca hat die letzten 14 von 15 Spiele nicht verloren.
- Wydad Casablanca hat die letzten 7 von 8 Auswärtsspiele nicht verloren.
- In den letzten 7 von 8 Heimspiele hat Wydad Casablanca zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- Wydad Casablanca hat die letzten 6 von 7 Heimspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
The Wydad Athletic Club or Wydad Casablanca are currently Moroccan record champions with 15 championship titles and five other trophies in a recent league competition and is considered one of the largest and best clubs in Africa. The club’s fans are considered one of the most fanatical groups in the world and have already won numerous “Ultras prizes” for their performances in the stands. Accordingly, Wydad is considered to be a very strong team at home, which is in general very difficult to score goals against, especially in their home Stade Mohammed V. In the “low scoring league” of Morocco, WAC is in most cases at least slightly above the league average in terms of goals per game. The big rival of the Red and Whites is the second team from Casablanca, Raja.
Raja Casablanca: Betting on The Green Eagles
Betting Tipps Raja Casablanca
- Der Verein steht derzeit auf Platz 1 in der Tabelle.
- Raja Casablanca hat die letzten 11 von 12 Heimspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- Raja Casablanca hat die letzten 6 von 7 Spiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- In den letzten 6 von 7 Auswärtsspiele hat Raja Casablanca zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 6 von 7 Auswärtsspiele des Raja Casablanca ist zumindest ein Tor gefallen.
- In den letzten 4 von 5 Heimspiele hat Raja Casablanca mehr als ein Tore geschossen.
The Green Eagles of Raja Casablanca, equipped with no less fanatical supporters, are the great challenger of Wydad and were the more successful team in modern times. The club earned its eleven championship titles between 1988 and 2013. The three triumphs in the CAF Champions League also fell in this period. Like archrival Wydad, Raja also plays in the Stade Mohammed V, which can be described as the country’s great football temple. The club has been gaining ground on Wydad in recent years because it has the best communication strategy in all of Africa and is considered the team with the best and most outreaching social channels. Just like Wydad, Raja Casablanca’s goal range is above the still low overall average of the Moroccan Botola almost every season.
Wydad – Raja: Betting on the Casablanca Derby
- 24.09.20 Wydad Casablanca Raja Casablanca
- 22.12.19 Raja Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
Betting Tipps Wydad Casablanca - Raja Casablanca
- Bei diesem Duell spielt der Tabellenerste gegen den Zweitplatzierten.
- Wydad Casablanca trifft auf den Torgarant der Liga, Raja Casablanca.
- Die letzte Begegnung ist Unentschieden ausgegangen.
The duel between Wydad and Raja – and thus two of the most notorious fan scenes in the world – is one of the most heated derbies in Africa and comparable to the duels of rivals in Cairo or Tunis. There are clashes between supporters on almost all derby days, with the stadium situation playing an additional role here. Both teams “live” in the same stadium and are only separated by a few police officers in the derby. In terms of play, the Casablanca derby is usually not a treat and is characterized by high physical intensity and the search for defensive stability. In this city duel, there are an average of only 1.78 goals per game. This is the world’s lowest value for a derby. In addition, no other derbies worldwide end 0-0 more often than the Casablanca Classic. The draw statistics are also striking: 45% of all duels between Wydad and Raja end with a division of points.
Tunisia: Betting on the Ligue Professionnelle 1
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In the last millennium, the top-flight of Tunisia was more open and, above all, a bigger fight between the cities when, for example, the top teams from Sfax, Sousse or Hammam-Lif played a more prominent role. The league has become a capital city show and is primarily characterized by the rivalry between Espérance de Tunis and Club Africain. Tunisia’s top division is a league of 14 teams that is finished after just 26 match days. Similar to the Moroccan Botola, the league average is very low in terms of goals per game and the total average per season varies usually between 2.05 and 2.25 goals per game. In 2013/14 this average even fell to a record-breaking negative value of only 1.82 goals per game.
Espérance de Tunis – Betting on Blood and Gold
Betting Tipps ES Tunis
- Der Verein steht derzeit auf Platz 1 in der Tabelle.
- ES Tunis hat die letzten 19 von 20 Spiele nicht verloren.
- ES Tunis hat die letzten 15 von 16 Auswärtsspiele nicht verloren.
- In den letzten 6 von 7 Spiele hat ES Tunis zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
- In den letzten 6 von 7 Heimspiele des ES Tunis ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
- ES Tunis hat die letzten 4 von 5 Heimspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
Four victories in the African Champions League and 29 national championship titles make Espérance de Tunis the most successful club in Morocco. The Blood and Gold from the Tunisian capital were series champions in the 2000s and 2010s, are considered extremely strong at home and display a good defensive-offensive balance. On the one hand the team is very stable defensively and traditionally doesn’t concede to many goals, on the other hand it is one of the few Tunisian clubs that regularly scores at least two goals. Espérance is traditionally a playful club that attracts the best young talents from the suburbs of Tunis and at the same time relies in robust, resolute defenders.
Club Africain – betting on the most popular club of Tunisia
Betting Tipps Club Africain
- In den letzten 8 von 9 Spiele des Club Africain ist mehr als ein Tor gefallen.
- Club Africain hat die letzten 13 von 15 Heimspiele nicht verloren.
- Club Africain hat die letzten 6 von 7 Auswärtsspiele nicht unentschieden gespielt.
- Club Africain hat die letzten 11 von 13 Auswärtsspiele nicht gewonnen.
- In den letzten 5 von 6 Heimspiele hat Club Africain zumindest ein Tore geschossen.
Although Club Africain is only the second most successful team in Tunisia, the capital club is the most popular side in the country and one of the most popular in North Africa. The “People’s club” has fans thoughout all social classes and numerous celebrities are also committed to the club. Club Africain has won the Tunisian championship 13 times and is thus clearly behind Espérance in second place in the all-time best list. In terms of success, the club could do better and since many years they have been lagging behind their own demands. Unlike Espérance, Club Africain is more of a club that is known for hard-working, strong players and fighting spirit, but less known for a nice game. In recent years in particular, there has been an increasing focus on young players, which has resulted in a certain degree of instability.
Espérance – Club Africain: Betting on the Tunis Derby
- 26.08.20 Club Africain ES Tunis
- 19.01.20 ES Tunis Club Africain
Betting Tipps ES Tunis - Club Africain
- Club Africain trifft auf den derzeitigen Ersten der Tabelle, ES Tunis.
- Die letzte Begegnung ist Unentschieden ausgegangen.
The most important duel of Tunisian club football has been held since 1924 and is considered the most brutal football derby in the world, especially on the stands and outside the stadium. The case that a player moves from one club to another is extremely rare and the duels between the two top clubs from Tunis are fiercely competitive. Record champion Espérance is the more successful of the two teams after almost 150 encounters with a win share of around 41%. Pretty much a third of the Tunis derbies end with a draw. With an average of 2.12 goals per game, the largest game in Tunisia is low-scoring, but sees still more goals than, for example, the derby in Casablanca.
South Africa, Congo and Co. – betting on Africa’s exotic leagues
Even in the leagues with fewer fans, weaker infrastructure or sometimes even chaotic conditions, there are some clubs and especially heated duels that need to be mentioned. We take a closer look at the interesting teams and games from the “exotic leagues” of Africa.
Mamelodi Sundowns – betting on South Africa’s record champions
Together with the Kaizer Chiefs, the Orlando Pirates and Supersport United, the Sundowns are the only team in South Africa that has participated in all seasons of South Africa’s top league since their establishment in 1996. With nine championships won, the Brazilians, as the Mamelodi Sundowns are called because of their yellow-blue dresses, are clearly the country’s record champions. In the South African league, on average, there are only a few more goals than in the low-scoring North African leagues, and it has often happened that the Sundowns ended up at the top of the table with only around 50 goals scored in 30 league games. The team often stays below the league average in terms of goals per game. The Sundowns are known for buying talented young players from other African countries. However, the club also trained some top South African talents such as Percy Tau or Bongani Zungu, who moved from here to Europe.
JS Kabylie – Betting on the Canaries
Even though JS Kabylie has lost importance and popularity in recent years, the Canaries are clearly the most successful team in Algeria. Despite being overshadowed by the two capital city clubs, MC Algiers and USM Algiers, which host the “Derby of Algeria”, the duel between Kabylie and MC Algiers is still referred to as the “Algerian Clásico”. Like other North African leagues, there few goals are scored in the Algerian Ligue 1, which is currently largely due to the 14-time champions Kabylie. The team’s average goal over a whole season is often less than two goals per game, in the season 2016/17 there were only 1.46 goals per game. So you don’t get much for your money when you watch the yellow players live at the stadium…
Asante Kotoko – Betting on the Porcupines
The Asante Kotoko SC from the city of Kumasi are currently Ghana’s record champion. The Porcupines have won 24 national championships so far, placing the biggest competitor Hearts of Oak in second place. The club traditionally has a great fighting spirit and likes to surround itself with the aura of invincibility. The heraldic animal alone should prove how uncomfortable the Red and White are. The motto of the club is: “If you kill a thousand, a thousand new ones will come”. Asante Kotoko is considered a good development club and has produced players such as Samuel Kuffour, Isaac Vorsah and Abdul Rahman Baba. It is no coincidence that the club’s best “exports” from Kumasi were defenders. Even in their worst seasons, the team concedes less than 1.00 goals per game on average. In general, the Ghanaian record champions are also a “low scoring team”.
TP Mazembe – Betting on the Ravens
The Congolese club TP Mazembe is one of the most successful clubs and also one of the best schooling clubs in sub-Saharan Africa. The club, founded by Benedictine monks from the southern city of Lubumbashi, not only won 17 national championships, but also five times the CAF Champions League, making it the first pursuer (together with Zamalek) of record winner Al-Ahly. Later top players in European clubs, such as Roger Assalé, Dieumerci Mbokani or Mbwana Samatta, played for Mazembe before moving abroad. The superiority of TP Mazembe in Congolese Ligue 1 is striking and the team ends the Congo league of 16 frequently with two to three goals per game on average and only a few goals conceded as the superior champions.
Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates: Bet on the Soweto Derby
The great derby of Johannesburg, South Africa has an interesting story: The Kaizer Chiefs were founded by a former Orlando Pirates player after he returned from a North American intermezzo and later disputed with those responsible for the Pirates. The club founded by the Ex-Pirate became the new great rival of the Orlando Pirates, especially since the Kaizer Chiefs also play in the Soweto district. The derby has been held for around 50 years and the Kaizer Chiefs have so far been the slightly more successful of the two teams, which have currently won as many South African championships. There are often winners in this duel: only about 22% of all Soweto derbies end in a draw.
MC Algiers – USM Algiers: Betting on the Algiers Derby
The hot derby of the Algerian capital has been held since 1940 and is considered one of the top games in North Africa. An unusual derby situation is that there has only been one season in Algerian league history in which both Algiers clubs competed for the title. This was the case in 2004/05 – otherwise this derby is only about domination in the city and – at least in the league – hardly about silverware. It is striking, however, that the players in the Algerian top game are likely to be heated up. Between 2000 and 2019 alone, 23 red cards were distributed in the Algiers derby. This corresponds approximately to one red card per year or at least one expulsion every two derbies. Overall, MC Algiers is the more successful team than the smaller USM Algiers and with 2.21 goals per derby, the duel is quite high scoring in North African, but clearly not in international comparison.
Hearts of Oak v Asante Kotoko: Betting on Hearts-Kotoko
The most important game in Ghana is the clash between record champions Asante Kotoko and the Hearts of Oak, which are only a few championship titles behind the big rival in historical terms. The two teams from the two largest cities in the country – Asante Kotoko from Kumasi, Hearts of Oak from the capital Accra – are the clearly defining clubs of Ghana. As with many other top derbies on the African continent, there are riots around the Hearts-Kotoko and tragedies in the stadium due to the poor infrastructure. As with the titles, Asante Kotoko is just ahead of Hearts of Oak a few wins in the low scoring Ghana classic.