Senegal vs Algeria predictions and betting tips for the African Cup of Nations Final on Friday 19th July. Senegal seek their first AFCON trophy and are marginal favourites to win it.
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Senegal go into this match as slight favourites to lift the trophy. The West Africans have kept an impressive five clean sheets, having only conceded once. The one goal came at the hands of opponents, Algeria, in the group stage. These two sides previously met just under three weeks ago. On that occasion, Algeria emerged victorious thanks to a Youcef Belaïli goal.
Their first encounter in this year’s tournament was an ill-tempered affair. Senegal were frustrated for much of the game having 12 attempts compared to Algeria’s 8. Many Senegalese attempts resulted from set-piece situations (7). Meanwhile 75% of Algeria’s chances came from open play, including the winning goal from a quick counterattack. Senegal will be wary of Algeria’s considerable threat on the counter.
Neither team had it easy in their Semi Final game. Algeria progressed thanks to a 95th minute winner from captain, Riyad Mahrez. Meanwhile, Senegal survived a late scare as Tunisia missed a penalty, before they missed one of their own. The match headed to extra time where Senegal edged ahead before another Tunisian penalty was awarded, however, this time it was overturned.
Senegal have won each of their knockout games 1-0 thus far, with their last match needing extra time. Another tight game is expected, and this may well head into extra time and beyond. We predict West Africans to be frustrated in front of goal by Algeria once more. A half-time/full-time bet of draw/draw looks good at 3/1.
These two teams look well matched and if there is to be winner before the 90-minute mark it will likely be by a 1 goal margin. Under 1.5 goals is priced at 5/4 and looks a solid bet for what’s shaping up to be a tense final.
Both teams have impressive defensive records leading up to the final. Between them, they have conceded just 3 goals in 12 games. A 0-0 score line at the 90-minute mark looks to be a smart bet.
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