Sports Innovation previews the AFCON match between Malawi and Senegal and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
In what is effectively the equivalent of a cup final, Malawi and Senegal lock horns on Tuesday for their last group match in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The outcome of this match will most likely decide the second team that progress to the last 16 from Group B. Senegal currently have a one-point advantage over third-placed Malawi in second. Guinea, who face Zimbabwe on the same day, command the top spot in the standings.
So, with first-place and a knockout spot up for grabs, there is every reason to tune in for the showdown at the Kouekong Stadium.
Facts and figures for Malawi vs Senegal in Africa Cup of Nations.
- Malawi unbeaten the last 8 matches in a row at home;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Malawi’s last 7 of 9 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 2.5 in Malawi’s last 4 of 6 matches;
- Malawi scored in the last 4 of 6 matches.
- Senegal unbeaten the last 8 matches in a row;
- Senegal unbeaten the last 15 matches in a row when playing away;
- Senegal has won in the last 6 of 7 matches when playing away;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Senegal’s last 16 of 18 matches.
Current form — Malawi vs Senegal
The Flames hope to stop the rot
Malawi will enter the match hoping to finally end their dismal run of form in recent matches. Malawi suffered a couple of disappointments in their last 3 matches, as they were run over by Mozambique in a 1-0 defeat. Guinea also proved too hard to handle, as they won 1-0, before Malawi were able to strike back last time out in a 2-1 win against Zimbabwe.
The Lions of Teranga continue to collect points
Senegal will be out to extend their fine run of results lately. In their last 3 matches, they began with a 2-0 win over Congo and a 1-0 victory against Zimbabwe. Their winning streak ended last time out, though, in a 0-0 draw with Guinea.
How do the bookies view it?
Senegal head into their third match of AFCON billed as the strong favorites to take home the spoils of victory. The Lions of Teranga are priced at 1.40 with Bet365 to claim all 3 points. Betfair offers odds of 4.50 for a draw, while a Malawi win pays out at 13.00 with Mr. Green.
Malawi vs Senegal — fixture history
Senegal will face off against Malawi for the first time in 14 years. The Flames enter the match against Senegal with a 0-0-1 record in their previous 1 encounter in the Africa Cup of Nations. This amounts to a 0% winning ratio for Malawi, with the away side victorious in 100% of the last 1 encounter.
Current table in the Africa Cup of Nations
Gabadinho Mhango has been hitting the target on a regular basis in recent matches. Malawi will no doubt look to him for more goals in their next match against Senegal. The visitors are surely hoping Sadio Mane adds another to his current total. With 3 goals in recent matches, the Liverpool star boasts a decent goal ratio right now.