Cameroon will play Egypt in the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations on 3 February. As in the previous face-off between the teams, fans should also see goals on Thursday. Full statistics and all odds for the match can be found at 1xbet mobile.
The hosts of the tournament are the best of the four remaining teams. In their 5 matches, the Indomitable Lions have achieved four wins in regulation time and only once drew: 2-1 with Burkina Faso, 4-1 with Ethiopia, 1-1 with Cape Verde, 2-1 with the Comoros and 2-0 with Gambia. Only Senegal are also without defeat, but the Teranga Lions have two draws in five meetings.
António Conceição’s side have not left the field without goals in 11 official matches in a row. An-Nasr striker Vincent Aboubakar and Lyon striker Karl Toko Ekambi are firmly at the top of the African Cup of Nations scoring charts with 6 and 5 goals respectively. Cameroon were the most prolific team in the group stage (7). However, Conceição should be embarrassed by the fact that only two players are hitting their opponents’ goals. Any injury to Aboubakar or Toco Ecambe will be a real blow to the Indomitable Lions. Only one of their five matches has seen the home side score a goal, which could also be the deciding factor in the semi-finals.
Egypt are Cameroon’s most serious rivals in the play-offs. They have only faced debutants (Comoros and Gambia) who have never played in an Africa Cup qualifier before. The Comoros had to field a field player in goal because all their goalkeepers were injured or had tested positive for kovid.
After starting the tournament with a 0-1 defeat to Nigeria, the Pharaohs reached the Africa Cup semi-finals for the 13th time in their history. The Egyptians have implemented the principles of minimalism. Only three goals were scored in regulation time in their five matches, which did not prevent them beating Guinea-Bissau and Sudan 1-0 in the group stage, beating Côte d’Ivoire 1/8-final (0-0, 5-4 on penalties) and coming back stronger than Morocco (2-1 extra time) in the quarter-final. In Egypt’s seven consecutive official games, the total was under 2.5.
Mohamed Salah, the AFL’s top scorer, scored two of his four goals in the Africa Cup. The Liverpool forward scored for Guinea-Bissau and Morocco and also converted a crucial penalty shoot-out against the Ivorians. Salah has been involved in 62% of Egypt’s goals (8 of 13) at the Africa Cup since his debut in the competition in 2017. This is the highest of any player from any country who has scored at least five goals at the tournament in that time.
Aston Villa midfielder Trezeguet and Al Ahly defender Mohamed Abdelmonem also distinguished themselves at CAN 2022. But the Egyptians not only score little, they also concede little, with just two goals in five games in the current tournament. Both were scored by their opponents in the first half. After 30 minutes, the Pharaohs have not scored a single goal. Egypt have conceded only eight goals in 21 African Cup matches since 2010 (14 wins, 3 draws, 3 defeats), keeping their goals dry on 14 occasions.
Cameroon v Egypt: statistics of head-to-head encounters
The teams have met only three times in the last 12 years. In February 2017, Cameroon won 2-1 in the Africa Cup final, in May 2012, Egypt were 2-1 stronger in a friendly, and in January 2010, the Pharaohs only eliminated the Indomitable Lions in the Africa Cup quarter-final (3-1 extra time).
Cameroon have won just one of their previous eight meetings.
Prediction for Cameroon v Egypt on February 3
Total more than 2 for 2.20
– It’s hard to predict anything in a match between two very strong teams. It’s impossible to know in advance who will emerge victorious. It’s possible to bet on a draw or on the second half to be more productive than the first. But I’d rather opt for Cameroon’s home game. That factor makes them the favourites. Egypt look less confident and are almost certain to concede.