Africa Cup of Nations: Senegal vs Egypt preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Africa Cup of Nations: Senegal vs Egypt preview, team news, prediction and tips
February 5
Football

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Senegal and Egypt will lock horns in the Africa Cup of Nations final at the Paul Biya Stadium on Sunday. The kick-off is at 21:00 CEST.

Preview

Arguably many didn't expect to see Senegal in the 2022 AFCON final after their rather below-par performance in the competition's group stage. Even if Aliou Cisse's men finished top of Group B, they only managed to beat Zimbabwe 1-0 thanks to Sadio Mane's 97th-minute penalty before registering back-to-back draws with Guinea and Malawi. Then the Lions of Teranga, however, easily cruised past Cape Verde (2-0) and Equatorial Guinea (3-1) in the early knock-out stages. The was before Senegal secured their spot in the final by beating Burkina Faso 3-1 in the semi-final on February 2.

Egypt, meanwhile, kicked off their run at the competition with a narrow loss at the hands of Nigeria. However, back-to-back 1-0 wins over Guinea-Bissau and Sudan allowed Carlos Queiroz's side to finish as Group D's runners-up. Then, the North Africans saw off Ivory Coast on penalties in the last-16 round before defeating Morocco 2-1 in the quarter-final on January 30. As for their most recent encounter, the Pharaohs eliminated the tournament hosts Cameroon on penalties in the semi-final earlier this week.

Team news

While Senegal have no injury doubts in their squad for the final, it remains to be seen if Ahmed Hegazi will be able to feature for Egypt this time around after picking up an injury against the Moroccans.

Prediction

Both Senegal and Egypt were beaten in the competition's finals in 2019 and 2017 respectively and now will be looking to claim the coveted piece of silverware in their first head-to-head meeting since 2014. It were the Lions of Teranga who celebrated a victory back then and it does look like that Sadio Mane and Co are going to win on Sunday. The Senegalese have shown a much impressive football at this year's tournament than the Pharaons. However, we do expect this clash to go down to the wire, given Egypt's 'park-the-bus' tactics under Queiroz.

Tip

Senegal not to lose and total under 2.5 at 1.69 with 1XBET.


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