The Elephants have not looked too convincing in Malabo although the plain fact is that they won all three of their Group B games without conceding a goal, with Sudan, Burkina Faso and Angola all accounted for.
You can still get 13/10 (Stan James – £150 free bets) about the Côte d’Ivoire and they will face one of the co-hosts at the quarter final stage, with Equatorial Guinea having finished runner-up behind Zambia in Group A.
Gílson Paulo’s team will be delighted to have fierce home advantage against the tournament favourites and they will draw confidence from beating Senegal 2-1 in Bata, with the home side having scored two late goals in the group stage to secure victories.
Ghana are the second favourites to win the African Cup of Nations and they pipped Mail to top spot in Group D which means they are in the opposite half of the draw to Ivory Coast.
The Black Stars produced the stand-out performance of the group stage when beating Botswana 6-1 in Franceville which featured five different scorers and they can be backed at 11/4 (Ladbrokes free bets) to go one better than two years ago when they lost in the final.
Ghana will face Tunisia in the last eight and the Eagles of Carthage enjoyed group wins over Morocco and Niger before losing a crunch match against Gabon which means a tough assignment for them in Franceville.
Meanwhile, Gabon are the third favourites at 6/1 (Bet Victor bookmaker) to win their first ever African Cup of Nations and this is a country who have a very modest record in this competition.
1996 was the only year that the co-hosts have previously reached this stage of the competition and they have every chance of setting up a probable semi-final clash with the Ivory Coast when they face Mali.
The final quarter final of the tournament features Zambia against Sudan in what should be an evenly-matched contest between the winner of Group A and the runner-up in Group B.
Zambia are strong favourites and will be paired in several Saturday doubles with the Ivory Coast, while the two favourites to win on Sunday are Gabon and Ghana.