Uganda advanced to the 1/8 finals thanks to an opening victory over D.R. Congo, which was a surprise, and although they collected only one point in the next two matches, it was enough to progress to the knockout stage. Senegal, on the other hand, finished the group stage with six points and behind Algeria, and the bookies are expecting them to win in this one and face Morocco in the quarter-finals.
Uganda vs Senegal
• Africa Cup of Nations
• Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt
• Friday 5 July
• 21:00 CET
Uganda Team News and Latest Form
A victory against DR Congo in their group opener laid the foundation for Uganda’s first appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations knockout rounds since 1978, a year they finished runners up. However, with just one win in their last six AFCON tournament fixtures (W1, D2, L3), Uganda will be considered big underdogs here.
None of those six games featured more than two goals, and it’s now four in a row where precisely two match goals have been scored. Notably, 83.33% of the match goals in their games this tournament have arrived before half-time.
Emmanuel Okwi has scored two of Uganda’s three tournament goals – both from within the six-yard box. Two of Uganda’s three goals this tournament have been headers.
Senegal Team News and Latest Form
Despite being one of the pre-tournament favorites, Senegal have never won an AFCON before, but have secured two quarter-final appearances and a semi-final since their second place finish in 2002. They enter this match on a high after winning 3-0 in their final group stage match – the joint-second biggest win of the group stage.
In contrast to their opponents, Senegal have seen 83.33% of the match goals in their tournament games arrive after the break. Overall, they come into this in good form with eight wins in their last nine matches – seven of those to nil.
Star forward Sadio Mané netted two goals in his last match and can become Senegal’s joint-third all-time top scorer with another two. Frustrating their opponents, teams facing Senegal this tournament have been shown an average of 3.33 yellow cards. There’s also been one red. Senegal have dominated possession in their three matches so far, keeping the ball 61% of the time on average. Senegal have been awarded 5.67 corners per game on average this tournament.
Uganda vs Senegal Head to Head
Uganda and Senegal have met on five occasions thus far, and the Lions of Teranga never suffered a defeat, winning two games along with three draws. The Senegalese have kept their net intact in the last two tilts with the Cranes while the most recent encounter ended 0-0.
Uganda vs Senegal Betting Tip
Senegal are the firm favorites in this one, and even though Uganda already surprised with a 2-0 victory over D.R. Congo, I don’t think they are capable of pulling another upset here. The 1.57 (-175) odds on Senegal’s win are not the most attractive, but you can back them as they are clearly a better side than Uganda. My additional pick is to back Sadio Mane to score anytime at excellent 2.37 (+137) odds after a great display in the last game in which he bagged a brace despite missing from the penalty spot earlier.