Senegal vs Algeria: 2019 AFCON final preview & predictions

African Football By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 18/07/2019

The final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is almost here as the magnificent tournament finally draws to a close in Egypt, with Senegal and Algeria clash at Cairo International Stadium.

The Teranga Lions crept past Tunisia with a 1-0 extra-time win after both sides had already missed a penalty, while Desert Foxes needed an injury-time free-kick from Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez to secure their passage to Friday’s showpiece as the North Africa side looking for their first crown in almost 30 years, when they went all the way back in 1990 as the host nation.

Team News

Alou Cisse will be without number one goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who suffered a fractured hand earlier in the tournament and remains out, while Manchester United transfer Kalidou Koulibaly, who is suspended for the final with FC Schalke’s Salif Sane is likely to step in to fill the void.

Algeria too could name an unchanged lineup from the semi-finals if they wish, with no known fitness concerns.

Head to Head 

Senegal and Algeria have faced each other 22 times and it's the Desert Foxes who have the superior record winning 13 and only losing four. 

With four wins from their last five over Teranga Lions, including the 1-0 win in the group stages, Djamel Belmadi's side may feel the more confident of the two going into the final.

Recent Form 

The Algerians went all the way unbeaten, while Senegal’s only loss at the tournament came at the hands of their next opponents in the group stage meeting.

The Lions of Teranga will appear in their second final, as they previously ended runner-ups in 2002 when they lost to Cameroon while Desert Foxes have also managed to get to the final just once before, but they ended up lifting the trophy back in 1990.

Senegal predicted XI: Gomis; Gassama, Kouyate, Sane, Sabaly; Saivet, Ndiaye, Gueye; Sarr, Niang, Mane

Algeria predicted XI: M’bolhi; Zeffane, Mandi, Benlamri, Bensebaini; Guedioura, Bennacer, Feghouli; Mahrez, Bounedjah, Belaili

Prediction: Senegal 2-1 Algeria AET