Sports Innovation previews the AFCON final between Senegal and Egypt and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
Senegal and Egypt meet at the Paul Biya Stadium in Olembe, Cameroon, for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final on Sunday.
The pressure is on for Senegal here. The West Africans hope third time is the charm, having lost the 2002 and 2019 finals, to win that elusive first AFCON title. They’ve had a day extra to prepare, after beating Burkina Faso 3-1 in Wednesday’s semi-final.
As for Egypt, the Pharaohs are chasing a record-extending eighth AFCON title and a first since 2010. The North Africans have been shy of goals so far, but haven’t let many in either. They sealed a ninth AFCON final appearance on Thursday by knocking out hosts Cameroon on penalties.
Stats and facts for Senegal vs Egypt in Africa Cup of Nations.
- Senegal has won the last 3 matches in a row;
- Senegal unbeaten the last 12 matches in a row;
- Senegal unbeaten the last 7 matches in a row at home;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Senegal’s last 8 of 10 matches.
- Egypt has won the last 5 matches in a row;
- Egypt has won the last 3 matches in a row when playing away;
- Egypt has won in the last 6 of 7 matches;
- Egypt scored in the last 10 of 12 matches.
Current form — Senegal vs Egypt
Senegal are in awesome shape. The Lions of Teranga have overcome a sluggish start to find their sweet spot. They booked a spot in the final after successive 3-1 wins over Burkina Faso and Equatorial Guinea in the semi-finals and quarter-finals respectively, while also beating Cape Verde 2-0 in the last-16.
Likewise, Egypt are in decent shape despite struggles for goal. In their last 3 matches, they needed penalties to progress twice after finishing 0-0 against Ivory Coast and Cameroon. Their sole victory came against Morocco by a 2-1 scoreline, after extra time.
How do the bookies view it?
On paper, the two sides seem evenly matched right now. However, judging by recent performances, Senegal look the value pick here at odds 2.20, depending on your preferred betting strategy. An Egypt win currently settles at 4.50. A draw pays out with odds of 2.85.
Senegal vs Egypt – Fixture History
The latest match between these teams was a tight encounter that saw Senegal running away with a 1-0 victory. Do not expect too much entertainment on Sunday, when Senegal and Egypt face off. Their last 6 matches were largely tight affairs, as more than two goals only happened 1 time. Both teams to score paid out with the bookies 1 time in those 6 matches.
Man of the Moment
Sadio Mane is enjoying a great goal-per-game ratio, as he has been on target a few times recently. Senegal will be relying on the services of their in-form marksman yet again when clashing with Egypt.
The Pharaohs, on the other hand, are hoping Mohamed Salah adds another goal to his current tally. He seems in good shape with 3 goals lately.