Cairo International Stadium hosts the first match of the World Cup qualifying play-offs on 25 March, with Egypt hosting Senegal. The hosts won qualifying Group F, in which they did not lose a single match to Gabon, Libya and Angola. The Senegalese have been equally successful against their rivals from Togo, Namibia and the Republic of Congo. The draw has paired the finalists of last January’s Africa Cup of Nations. Full statistics and all current odds for the match can be found at 1xbet promo code.
Egypt v Senegal: squads
Egypt have 17 players representing the national championship. But the team’s leaders are players who play in England – Arsenal’s Mohamed El Neny and Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. There are also two players from Istanbul and young Omar Marmoush from Stuttgart in the squad.
But Senegal’s international representation is much wider, with only a third goalkeeper called up from the national championship. Eight players play in France, five in England, three in Belgium, three in Italy, two in Turkey and one in Greece.
Egypt v Senegal: history of their encounters
The teams have played 11 head-to-head encounters in their history, only two of which were in World Cup qualifying. Egypt have won 5 face-offs, with two draws and four wins for Senegal. Since 2014, the teams have only played once and straight away in the final of the African Cup of Nations, where Senegal won 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 scoreline.
Egypt vs Senegal match predictions
The football world is annoyed that due to an unfair lot one of the two finalists of the Africa Cup of Nations will not go to the World Cup, and one of Liverpool’s magnificent attacking partners – Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane – will be left out of the tournament. Interestingly, neither Salah nor Mane are among the top six goalscorers in the qualifying tournament who have scored at least five goals. In fact, Salah did not score a single goal in the 391 minutes that he played, while Mane scored three of his team’s 15 goals in the group. Once again, the question of the status of the leader hangs in the air and Mane has a better chance of becoming a national hero again than Salah.
To understand who the favourites in the pairing, one only has to look at the list of teams from which the players have been called up. In essence, Mohamed Salah and Mohamed El Neny, surrounded by guys from the Egyptian championship, will face a European team – players from big-name European clubs. But head-to-head encounters between Egypt and Senegal have always been tight – Egypt have even won more often and almost always (in 9 out of 11 head-to-head encounters) in these matches not more than one goal has been scored. You can bet on a TU(1.5) for 2.10.