Senegal v Algeria AFCON Betting Tips
The AFCON is coming to an end on Friday and after 51 games and 102 goals, Senegal and Algeria are our two finalists. The two have already met in this year’s group stage, with Algeria winning 1-0 and scoring the only goal against Senegal so far this tournament. Both sides have Premier League quality in Sadio Mane and Riyad Mahrez, and this is set to be one of the best games in the tournament.
Senegal’s 2019 AFCON Form
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Senegal reached the final of the AFCON for the first time since 2002 with an extra time win over Tunisia. Senegal started strongly, with left back Youssouf Sabaly hitting the post after a strong run into the box. Tunisia failed to break down a strong Senegal defence, but were awarded a dubious penalty after the break. Ferjani Sassi stepped up but saw his penalty saved, also saving the blushes for Kalidou Koulibaly who gave the penalty away. Senegal were awarded a spot kick of their own just 5 minutes later, but this time it was Henri Saviet who saw his effort pushed wide. As the game went to extra time, it was Senegal who looked the more likely to win the game. The breakthrough finally came after 100 minutes when Henri Saviet’s cross wasn’t dealt with by Tunisian keeper Mouez Hassen, and Dylan Bronn bundled the ball into his own net. Late on, VAR overruled the referees decision to award another penalty to Tunisia, meaning that Senegal would hold on and reach the final of the African Cup of Nations. Senegal’s strength has been their defence, and they have actually only conceded once in 6 matches so far. That goal did come against Algeria, but expect another good performance at the back in the final.
Algeria’s 2019 AFCON Form
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Algeria are the only unbeaten team left in the African Cup Of Nations and will be hoping to preserve that record after the final. They faced Nigeria in the semi finals, both sides that were up there with the pre tournament favourites. Algeria started the game strongly which isn’t surprising considering their attacking talent. The pressure paid off just before the break when Riyad Mahrez’s cross was turned into his own net by William Troost-Ekong to give Algeria a 1-0 win. Nigeria fought back in the second half and were awarded a fortunate penalty after 70 minutes. Odion Ighalo scored the penalty to keep him ahead in the AFCON top scorer race and bring the scores level. As the match looked to be going to extra time, Riyad Mahrez stepped up to a free kick after 95 minutes and whipped a shot into the top corner to send Algeria fans into raptures. Algeria are yet to be beaten and will need to keep going on this strong run to beat a tough Senegal side.
How To Watch Senegal v Algeria
Senegal v Algeria will be shown live on Eurosport 1 from 8pm GMT on Friday 19th July.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
Algeria might be unbeaten, but they were tested by Nigeria in the semi’s and Senegal can push them even further. Mane has started to hit his stride and will likely be the star man in the final.
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