Africa Cup of Nations Tips: Egypt Should Maintain Winning Start

Martin Green

Monday, June 24, 2019 5:10 PM UTC

Monday, Jun. 24, 2019 5:10 PM UTC

There are some exciting Africa Cup of Nations games to look forward to this week and hosts Egypt should be able to see off DR Congo.
<div><h2><a href=";a=517b5751-d827-40fe-913b-6685b0341c36&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></a></h2><h2> </h2><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture\" allowfullscreen&gt;&lt;/iframe&gt;"}[/]</p><h2> </h2><h2>Nigeria v Guinea</h2><p><strong>Wednesday, June 26, at Alexandria Stadium</strong></p><p>The Super Eagles began their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-0 victory over Burundi on Saturday. It was not the most convincing performance, but they dominated the possession and former Watford striker Odion Ighalo fired in the winner in the 78<sup>th</sup> minute. They should cruise through to the knockout stages. Guinea could only draw 2-2 with Madagascar, who are newcomers to this tournament, and neither team will worry the Nigerians unduly. Gernot Rohr’s men are 45<sup>th</sup> in the FIFA world rankings, which is higher than any African team apart from Senegal and Tunisia. Guinea are down in 71<sup>st</sup> place, but they have a few notable players. Liverpool’s Naby Keita is a strong box-to-box midfielder – he came on as a substitute in the draw with Madagascar and should be fit to start this game – while Amadou Diawara of Napoli shows promise. But Nigeria are stronger overall and should win this game.</p><p><a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Betfair"><em><strong>Tip: Nigeria to win at 17/20 (1.85) with Betfair</strong></em></a></p><h2>Egypt v DR Congo</h2><p><strong>Wednesday, June 26, at Cairo International Stadium</strong></p><p>This year’s Africa Cup of Nations has been moved to the summer so as not to interfere with the club season, and it is extremely hot in Egypt. The host nation beat Zimbabwe 1-0 in their opening game but, like Nigeria, they were not at their free-flowing best. We could see a number of low-scoring encounters at this tournament as players struggle with the heat. This is a game that Egypt really should win. DR Congo lost 2-0 to an unheralded Uganda side in their opener and that does not inspire much confidence in their chances of reaching the knockout stage of the tournament. Egypt have Mohamaed Salah in their ranks and that could make all the difference in this game.</p><p><a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank"><em><strong>Tip: Egypt to win and under 3.5 goals at 19/20 (1.95) with Ladbrokes</strong></em></a></p><h2>Senegal v Algeria</h2><p><strong>Thursday, June 27, at 30 June Stadium</strong></p><p>These are two of the strongest teams at the tournament and it will be thrilling to see them lock horns at this early stage. The Senegal team is bursting with talent. Napoli’s highly rated centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly anchors the team alongside Salf Sané of Schalke, with Everton’s Idrissa Gueye patrolling the defence in front of them. The likes of Keita Baldé, Ismaila Sarr and Mbaye Niang are dangerous in attack, and star player Sadio Mané will be back for this game. The Liverpool forward missed their opening 2-0 victory over Tanzania and he should be raring to go. Algeria have a Premier League superstar of their own in Riyad Mahrez of Man City, and he starred in their comfortable 2-0 win against Kenya in their Group C opener. The likes of Sofiane Feghouli are also dangerous, and Algeria should trouble the Senegal defence.</p><p><a href=";a=b4150791-892f-469b-9b6a-7dfc6df0fb07&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Paddy Power"><em><strong>Tip: Both teams to score at even money (2.0) with Paddy Power</strong></em></a></p></div>
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