There will be fireworks when Senegal and Algeria square off against each other at Cairo International Stadium in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final. The Lions of Teranga are eyeing their first ever AFCON trophy, whilst the Desert Foxes are determined to go all the way at the showpiece tournament for the first time since 1990. Senegal will rely on Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane in the title game and seeing that Man City ace Riyad Mahrez will be the man to watch in Djamel Belmadi’s team, a real football festival is on the cards in Cairo.
Lions of Teranga eager to write history
Senegal footballers must be under big pressure ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final as they are after their first ever trophy at the major tournament. The Lions of Teranga made it to the final of the 2002 tournament in Mali, with the team facing Cameroon in the title game at Stade du 26 Mars in Bamako. Despite producing a fine performance in the decider, Senegal eventually suffered a loss to the Indomitable Lions on penalties, with the Lions of Teranga disappointing the fans once again.
Many football experts believe that the time has come for the Senegal national team to make history, but Aliou Cisse’s troops will have to be at their sharpest in Friday’s showdown if they are to give fans a reason for celebration. Key player Sadio Mane, who wants to make it the perfect summer, is in the form of his life, and, no doubt, that is giving Senegal supporters a reason for optimism ahead of the title clash. However, one player will be sorely missed in the encounter with Algeria.
Big blow for Senegal
Senegal set up a meeting with Algeria in the 2019 AFCON final by beating Tunisia 1-0 in extra time, with the team keeping their fifth clean sheet of the tournament. The Lions of Teranga, though, have not been impressive at the back by accident as coach Alious Cisse can count on Kalidou Koulibaly, who is considered one of the world’s best defenders.
The Napoli centre-back have been impressive at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but he is suspended for the final after conceding a penalty in the 1-0 victory over Tunisia. Preventing Algeria in-form attackers from scoring without Koulibaly in the starting XI is easier said than done, meaning that Aliou Cisse’s charges will have a mountain to climb in the decider.
Riyad is the man
Riyad Mahrez has already had a reason for celebration in 2019 as he lifted the Premier League trophy with Manchester City. The former Leicester City star is undisputedly the big-game player and, no doubt, all eyes will be on him when Algeria face Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations final.
Riyad Mahrez scored a wonder free-kick goal in the dying minutes of the clash against Nigeria to help the Desert Warriors make it to the AFCON final for the third time in the national team’s history. Mahrez, who has three goals on his 2019 Africa Cup of Nations account, is 29/10 at William Hill to score anytime in the title game. You should bear in mind that the left-footed winger has netted 13 goals in 52 appearances for the Algeria national team.
Aliou Cisse’s men hungry for revenge
Senegal and Algeria have already met at the 2019 tournament in Egypt, with Mohamed Youcef Belaili helping the Desert Warriors record a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Lions of Teranga. Senegal are eager to get their revenge on Algeria and seeing that beating the same opponent twice at the tournament is not an easy task, Friday’s clash will be anything but a walk in the park for Djamel Belmadi’s men.
When the two countries met at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations they played out a 2-2 draw. Islam Slimani scored a brace for Algeria, with Moussa Sow and Papa Diop finding the back of the net for Senegal. Algeria are undefeated in previous five meetings with Senegal in all competitions and it has been eleven years since the Lions of Teranga recorded their last win over the Desert Warriors.
Our Senegal vs Algeria Betting Prediction
As previously mentioned, Senegal have been impressive at the back at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but considering that key defender Kalidou Koulibaly missed the decider through suspension, we do not believe that the Lions of Teranga are capable of keeping yet another clean sheet at the tournament in Egypt. On the other hand, given their attacking potential, we are positive that Sadio Mane and Co. are going to find the net in the final.
The Algerians have been scoring goals for fun at the 2019 tournament and given Riyad Mahrez’s splendid form, we are positive that both teams are going to find the net in the Cairo International Stadium face-off. The two countries played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at the 2017 AFCON and, taking everything into account, there is a big value in betting on both teams to score, which is priced 6/5 at LionsBet.
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