Prediction and odds for the game: Senegal (5/4) vs Egypt (10/3)
We are backing Senegal to win
When: Sunday 6 February 2022, kick-off 19:00
Where: The Olembe Stadium
On Sunday night, Senegal and Egypt go head-to-head in the final of the African Cup of Nations. One of the biggest talking points surrounding the game is Liverpool teammates Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah facing off against each other.
Lions of Teranga will be looking to win the competition for the first time. They have finished as runners-up on two occasions back in 2002 and in the last edition in 2019.
They are unbeaten at the African Cup of Nations. However, they did draw two of their group matches against Guinea and Malawi. Since the draw against Malawi, they have beaten Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea and Burkina Faso. The results mean that Senegal have lost just once in their 11 games at the African Cup of Nations.
Sadio Mane has scored in two of their last three games and could once again be a big influence in this clash.
Watford winger Ismail Sarr has played a part in two goals from the bench. He could once again be omitted from the starting line-up.
The Pharoah’s have won this competition on eight occasions in the past and will head into this clash in high spirits. Egypt recovered from a 1-0 defeat in their opening group game to book their place in the final.
However, they did it the hard way, as they needed penalty kicks to see-off Ivory Coast in the last-16 and Cameroon last time out in the semi-final. In between Egypt defeated Morocco in extra time. In fact, the Pharoah’s have won just two of their previous seven matches in the competition.
Their games at the African Cup of Nations have been tight affairs, with under 2.5 goals scored in their last games in the competition dating back to 2019. It seems that this game could well follow the same pattern, although Senegal are highly threatening in attack.
The recent history of this fixture is certainly against Egypt, as they have lost the last two meetings with Senegal, without scoring in either game. They did win the previous two games between the pair.
This could be a close encounter between two teams that are tough to beat. However, we are backing Senegal to record a narrow victory. Egypt have been solid in defence at the AFCON though, having kept four clean sheets in their last five matches. With that in mind, we are backing this game to produce under 2.5 goals.
Our Tips: We are backing Senegal to record a victory at odds of 5/4 and/or under 2.5 goals 1/3. (All odds are taken from Bet365)[geosnippet id=3620]
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Will Senegal claim their maiden African Cup of Nations crown or will Egypt will their eighth continental title?