Senegal v Algeria Betting Tips & Predictions
Senegal and Algeria both enjoyed a winning start to their 2019 African Cup of Nations campaign, with the Lions of Teranga enjoying a straightforward 2-0 victory over Tanzania.
Similarly, Algeria enjoyed a 2-0 win over Kenya which saw the Desert Foxes storm into a two-goal lead by half-time before effectively managing the game from that point onwards.
Therefore, the two teams approach this match in Cairo from a position of strength. While both sides will want to enjoy a victory at the 30 June Stadium in order to potentially earn an easier draw, a draw would keep them moving in the right direction.
Senegal are the favourites to win and will welcome back Sadio Mane to the team, with the Liverpool star having missed out on his nation’s opener due to suspension. Mane will be raring to go and there are a number of other class acts in the team.
Captain Idrissa Gueye is a midfield henchman, while Keita Balde was on the scoresheet in the first game and there’s also the rock-like Kalidou Koulibaly in the centre of defence.
However, Algeria have a talented squad of their own which includes captain Riyad Mahrez who comes into AFCON after helping Manchester City win the Premier League title, while Sofiane Feghouli is also a class act in central midfield.
Algeria are unbeaten in their past seven matches, having beaten Mali and Tunisia in recent friendly encounters and they finished top of their AFCON qualifying section to reach the finals.
Coach Djamel Belmadi will be confident that his team can go out and express themselves, with Senegal bidding for an eighth straight win of their own.
It could be a tight game between two of the leading nations in Africa and the Senegalese defence only conceded two goals during six AFCON qualifiers.
Draw @ 3.10 with bet365