Algeria vs. Senegal
|Date & Time||Friday July 19, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
Cairo International Stadium
Senegal +120 / Algeria +200 / Draw +200
Algeria and Senegal will face each other in the final of the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
Algeria defeated Nigeria 2-1 in the semifinals. It was a very close match where Riyad Mahrez proved to be the superstar by scoring the winning goal in injury time. Algeria took the lead in the 40th minute but Nigeria equalized in the 70th minute through Odion Ighalo’s penalty kick. Mahrez scored the winner in the 95th minute. It was a close match where Algeria had approximately half of the possession and 8 shots on goal.
This has been a very strong tournament for Algeria as they have won all of their games in this tournament. Players like Riyad Mahrez, Adam Ounas, and Islam Slimani are playing extremely well and the team is looking well balanced. Considering their recent form, Algeria will be confident in their ability to win this match.
On the other side of the coin, Senegal defeated Tunisia 1-0 in the previous round. Senegal were in a very close contest but took the lead in extra time after Tunisia conceded an own goal. Overall, it was a good performance by Senegal as they had 51% of the ball and 12 shots.
Senegal are also blessed with many quality players like Sadio Mane and Idrissa Gueye. Unfortunately for Senegal, Kalidou Koulibaly is set to miss this match which could be a big problem as the Napoli defender has been huge for the team.
Senegal and Algeria played each other in the group stages of this tournament. Algeria won that match 1-0. Mohamed Youcef Belaïli scored the winning goal for Algeria in that match.
This final between Algeria and Senegal is set to be played at the Cairo International Stadium.
Both Senegal and Algeria have been outstanding in this tournament and both teams have quality players in their squads. I am expecting a very close contest which is to be won by Algeria. Algeria have won all their matches in this tournament and they will have the head-to-head momentum having beaten Senegal earlier in the tournament. Players like Mahrez and Slimani have been outstanding in this tournament and I see Algeria having too much attacking strength for Senegal. I see Algeria winning this match and winning the 2019 African Cup of Nations.