Preview - Senegal vs Algeria 20 July 19

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African Cup Of Nations Final
Senegal vs. Algeria
Saturday, July 20th 2019
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Cairo International Stadium

Last five matches form: L W W W W
Average goals per match (ACN): 1.33
Average goals against per match (ACN): 0.17
Top Scorer (ACN): Sadio Mané (3)

Last five matches form: W W W W W
Average goals per match (ACN): 2.00
Average goals against per match (ACN): 0.33
Top Scorer (ACN): Adam Ounas & Riyad Mahrez (3)

It all comes to a conclusion in Cairo this coming weekend as the Egyptian capital plays host to the 2019 African Nations Cup Final. It's Senegal - who have never lifted this trophy - versus Algeria whose one and only success came back in 1990.

This will be the ninth international meeting between the sides. Algeria have held the edge to date with four wins compared to two for Senegal, with two of the games having ended in a draw. The sides most recent clash of course came in the Group stage of this competition - Algeria coming out on top 1-0 on that occasion.

Senegal will be without the injured Edouard Mendy and suspended Kalidou Koulibaly. Youcef Atal looks like being the sole absentee for Algeria.

Other than that narrow defeat to Algeria, Senegal have been rock solid in the tournament to date - winning each of their other five games and keeping five clean sheets in the process.

It's now twelve games unbeaten for Algeria who have just about swept all before them in the competition to date - winning six out of six and keeping four clean sheets, although they did need a penalty shootout to get past the Ivory Coast in the quarter final.

Two evenly matched sides here but that absence of Koulibaly looks to be a big blow for Senegal and may just tilt the balance against them.

Prediction: Senegal 0 - 2 Algeria


Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  8 - 1
Shots on target: 3 - 1
Corner Kicks: 6 - 2
Possession: 64% - 36%

Idrissa Gueye and Lamine Gassama were booked for Senegal, with referee Neant Alioum also taking the names of Ramy Bensebaini, Mohamed Belaili, Aissa Mandi and Adlene Guedioura of Algeria.

Senegal no doubt felt they had been mugged at the end of this one, and a quick look at the stats would certainly appear to back up that impression. Pushing close to two thirds of possession, they were miles clear in all the attacking metrics and restricted Algeria to just the one effort on goal of any description. That solitary effort came relatively early on in proceedings, and in the end,  it was all Algeria needed.

That goal arrived in just the second minute. Algeria forcing the play and pressurising down the left-hand side. The ball falling to Baghdad Bounedjah who cut inside and fired at goal from 25 yards. His effort did look to be on target, but hardly took the direct route into the top right. Taking a hefty deflection, the ball looped way way up in the air with keeper Alfred Gomis a mere spectator as the ball travelled over his head before dropping in.

Algeria did defend well for the remainder of the first half. Mbaye Niang having the best chance for Senegal when chesting the ball down and whistling a rasping volley from range just over the bar. 0-1 at the break.

All Senegal in the second half. They initially looked to have been handed an excellent opportunity when the referee awarded a penalty for handball in the area. Upon consultation with VAR though the decision was overturned, and Algeria breathed again.

Despite bossing the remainder, Senegal didn't create anything truly clear cut. 0-1 it finished.

Algeria are your 2019 African Nations Cup champions.

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