Senegal and Algeria were quite lucky to make it to the AFCON final as they defeated Tunisia and Nigeria in the semi-finals. The Lions of Teranga and Tunisia failed to score from the penalty in the second 45 minute, but Dylan Bronn’s extra time own-goal sent Senegal to the final. On the other hand, the Desert Warriors, snatched a 2-1 win over Nigeria in the last seconds of the match as Riyad Mahrez scored from a direct free-kick.
Senegal vs Algeria
• Africa Cup of Nations
• Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt
• Friday 19 July
• 21:00 CET
Senegal Team News and Latest Form
Looking to get their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations trophy, Senegal face the 1990 winners Algeria after a run of narrow games that saw only one side score in each of Senegal’s six AFCON matches. Five of those games produced under 2.5 goals, and four ended by a 1-0 result (W3, L1 – including extra-time).
That low-scoring nature shouldn’t fool you, though. The 2002 AFCON runners-up attracted a lot of drama, with five penalties awarded – four of them missed – and a couple of red cards in their previous four matches alone.
Even though he missed two penalties, Sadio Mané stays in the race for the Golden Boot with three goals thus far. Of the goals Senegal have allowed since the beginning of 2018, 72.73% cane in the second 45 minutes.
Algeria Team News and Latest Form
Algeria are unbeaten in this AFCON, winning every game in 90 minutes except a victory on penalties in the quarter-finals. Their quick-starting performances saw them lead in the first half in five of their six AFCON games. The last three were won by a 1-0 result – albeit the only one they didn’t, was against Senegal in the group stage (0-0 half-time).
The Desert Warriors received an average of 2.0 total yellow cards in the opening 45 minutes at this tournament so that early drama is on the cards in this one. Also, with Algeria witnessing a penalty in their previous two games, and an average of 2.57 total goals scored in the seven H2H duels in this century, this match is a must-watch final.
Like is the case with Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez also scored three goals – two came as the final goalscorer of the game. Algeria opened the scoring in nine of their last 11 AFCON tournament matches – the two they didn’t, were the only two they lost in that span.
Senegal vs Algeria Head to Head
These rivals have faced on ten occasions since 1990, and the Algeria are leading the all-time H2H meetings with five wins; Senegal have three while two games finished as draws. The Desert Warriors were a better team when the rivals met at this AFCON as Youcef Belaili scored the match’s only goal in the 49th minute.
Senegal vs Algeria Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Betting Tip
Algeria are perhaps the most consistent team at this AFCON so far, but Senegal allowed just one goal at the tournament, and it was against the Desert Warriors in the group stage. We’re talking about two top defenses at this year’s AFCON, and it’s hard to predict a winner in this one. I cannot separate these teams right now, and that’s why my Senegal vs Algeria Africa Cup of Nations 2019 betting tip is a draw at 2.90 (+190).