Egypt and Senegal showdown in the first leg of the CAF qualifier play-offs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. GMT on Friday, 25 March 2022. The match venue is Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt.
Latest odds on betting sites
Egypt to win odds are priced at 2.60 (+160 American; 8/5 Fractional), the odds for a draw 2.90 (+190; 19/10), while Senegal to win odds are priced at 2.75 (+175; 7/2).
The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Egypt — 34%, draw — 30%, Senegal — 36%.
Latest betting odds on Egypt vs Senegal (25 March 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 2.05 (+105; 21/20)
- Under 2.5 goals — 1.36 (-275; 4/11)
- Asian handicap (0.0) on Egypt — 1.86 (-116; 25/29)
- Asian handicap (0.0) on Senegal — 2.00 (+100; evens)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.38 (-260; 5/13)
- Both teams to score (No) — 1.53 (-188; 25/47)
Match preview and statistics
Egypt have five wins and one loss in their last six games. The only game they lost was in the AFCON final against Senegal. The latter won 4-2 on penalties in the match. Despite this, the Pharaohs went to penalties twice in the knockout of the tournament before reaching the finals.
Revenge will be what’s on their mind as they host Senegal in the first leg of the tie. Mohamed Salah will lead the front for the team in the coming legs, Mohamed Elneny and Trezeguet will also be in the lineup. Mohamed El-Shennawy should probably start in goal in the game.
They finished top of their qualifiers group table with 14 points to secure a spot in the World Cup play-offs.
Egypt team news: Ahmed Hegazi, Akram Tawfik, Ramadan Sobhi and Mohamed Hany are sidelined due to injuries.
Senegal haven’t lost in 17 straight games and went unbeaten in the just concluded AFCON. They defeated Egypt in the final of the tournament to win their first AFCON title. The Lions of Teranga had great performances on the road to the final.
A win is what Aliou Cisse’s men are going to fight for in the two rounds of the qualifiers. Senegal finished top of their qualifiers group table to secure a spot in the play-offs. Sadio Mane and Kalidou Koulibaly will lead the team in the play-offs, while Edouard Mendy will stay in goal.
Senegal team news: Seny Dieng and Alfred Gomis are sidelined due to injuries.
Egypt vs Senegal H2H
Egypt and Senegal have gone head-to-head 13 times, this is going to be their 14th meeting. The Pharaohs have six wins, while the Lions of Teranga have five wins, with two draws. Their last meeting was the AFCON final, in which Senegal emerged winners.
Lineups and key players
Egypt projected starting lineup:
- Mohamed El-Shennawy
- Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh
- Mohamed Abdelmomen
- Ayman Ashraf
- Ahmed Fatouh
- Hamdi Fathi
- Amr El-Sulaya
- Mohamed Elneny
- Mohamed Salah
- Omar Marmoush
- Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet
Mohamed Salah is the key player to watch out for. He has to drop a great performance in the first leg of the tie. They have the home advantage and winning on their own turf will give them the edge in the return leg.
Senegal projected starting lineup:
- Edouard Mendy
- Bouna Sarr
- Kalidou Koulibaly
- Abdou Diallo
- Saliou Ciss
- Pape Gueye
- Nampalys Mendy
- Idrissa Gana Gueye
- Sadio Mane
- Keita Balde
- Ismaila Sarr
Sadio Mane is the key player to watch out for. No one can deny the impact he had in their run to the AFCON title. The Liverpool forward had two goals and two assists in the tournament. Mane has to pick up his scoring boots ahead of this game and help the team make it to the World Cup.
Prediction and betting tips
Based on form, both teams are in good form ahead of this clash. They faced each other in their last game. Senegal might edge Egypt due to the good set of players that they have and the performances they rolled out in the previous set of games. Nevertheless, the Pharaohs have the home advantage in this match.
Predictions for this match is a draw, and under 2.5 goals. In the last three meetings, both teams have totalled under 2.5 goals. In the AFCON final, they also played a goalless draw.
Betting prediction: A draw
Odds: 2.90 (+190 American; 19/10 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.36 (-275 American; 4/11 Fractional)