The Pharaohs cruised to the knockouts stage with three comfortable victories in the group stage and without a single goal conceded. Egypt are the favorites to beat South Africa in this one, and if they make it through to the quarterfinals, they will face Nigeria or Cameroon. Bafana Bafana, on the other hand, made it to the 1/8 finals despite suffering two defeats, and after everything we saw from them in the group stage, it would be surprising to see them in the next round.
Egypt vs South Africa
• Africa Cup of Nations
• Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt
• Saturday 6 July
• 21:00 CET
Egypt Team News and Latest Form
Heavy favorites Egypt take on South Africa in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) round-of-16. The Pharaohs won all three group stage matches, as part of a five-match winning run overall, and kept a clean sheet in four of those wins, while scoring five unanswered goals, with all of them coming before the break.
Historically, Egypt have managed to reach at least a semi-final each time they have hosted AFCON finals. This continuation of a journey to another is unlikely to see much in the way of product from set pieces, as despite winning all three group matches, Egypt won fewer corners than their opponents in two of those victories.
Mohamed Salah has scored in two straight matches, both strikes arriving in the final ten minutes of the first half. Egypt’s last two games have seen them lead 2-0 at half-time, but fail to score inside the first 15 minutes.
South Africa Team News and Latest Form
South Africa, meanwhile, qualified with nothing to spare after all three of their group stage matches yielded 1-0 scoreline (W1, L2). All of those matches saw the deciding goal scored after the break, and in the two defeats, Bafana Bafana did not muster a single shot on goal.
Indeed, not counting extra-time/penalties, just two of South Africa’s last ten matches have featured three goals or more, with five straight games featuring only one goal or less. Low on chances, high on fouls, their three AFCON matches so far have also averaged 6.33 corners and 3.33 yellow cards per game.
Action-man Bongani Zungu has racked up a goal and a yellow card for South Africa so far this tournament. South Africa have played six straight matches where no first-half goal has been scored.
Egypt vs South Africa Head to Head
These rivals have met seven times since 1996, and the current H2H record is tied as both teams have three victories apiece with one draw. South Africa were a better side in the previous encounter, 1-0 in 2016, and, interestingly, only one of those seven matches produced goals on both ends.
Egypt vs South Africa Betting Tip
The Pharaohs recorded seven consecutive home wins and kept their net intact in four of them while South Africa failed to impress thus far at the tournament. That’s why I am backing the hosts to win at 1.55 (-182) odds, and you can also back superstar Mohamed Salah to score anytime at 1.90 (-110). Salah found the back of the net in the last two games, and I am backing him to make it three in a row.