Egypt v Zimbabwe Betting Tips & Predictions
Egypt are the 5.00 (4/1) favourites to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations and we should see the Pharaohs enjoy a winning start to the tournament when they clash with Zimbabwe on Friday 21 June.
Javier Aguirre’s side will have the support of a passionate football nation and they will also have a fit and firing Mohamed Salah in the team, with the Liverpool forward unable to do himself justice at the 2018 World Cup.
A shoulder injury hindered Salah in Russia although the country’s pin-up star is sure to feature in every match during AFCON and he comes into this tournament after recently helping Liverpool win the Champions League.
Qualifying was straightforward for the Egyptians who finished narrowly behind Tunisia in their section, with the team thumping Niger 6-0 in Alexandria, while Salah scored a late winner against the Tunisians at the Borg El Arab Stadium.
There are plenty of other talented operators featuring for the hosts, with Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny having earned 71 international caps, while Ahmed El Mohamady captains the team and the Aston Villa defender is fresh from landing promotion with the Midlands club.
Zimbabwe won their AFCON qualifying group, finishing narrowly ahead of DR Congo and they only conceded four goals in six qualifying matches.
It’s clear that Knowledge Musona is the danger man and he has twenty-two goals in thirty-four encounters for the national team, although the player has spent the past couple of seasons struggling to score domestically in Belgium.
It’s clear that the Warriors will see a draw as a profitable outcome in this tricky encounter, although Egypt will be looking to make a fast start and have players to cause problems.
Salah was top scorer in the Premier League this season and should find things easier against limited defences in this competition.
Egypt HT/FT @ 1.90 (9/10) with bet365