Egypt v South Africa Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 06/07/19

Egypt v South Africa Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Egypt v South Africa and provides us with his best bets for Saturday’s round-of-16 clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

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Egypt v South Africa Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 06/07/19
  • Time: 20:00
  • Venue: Cairo International Stadium
  • Channel: Eurosport 1 and 2

Hosts Egypt will be looking to advance in their so far unbeaten tournament, by ending their recent hoodoo against South Africa.

Egypt topped their group with ease as they dispatched of Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe without conceding a single goal and scoring five in the process.

Javier Aguirre’s side have won their last five games in all competitions with their last defeat coming against Nigeria back in March.

South Africa finished third in Group D with their only victory being a 1-0 win against Namibia.

Stuart Baxter’s side suffered two losses to very strong Moroccan and Ivory Coast teams, with both games ending 1-0.

Whilst South Africa may come into the clash as major underdogs they will be eager to shock their superior opponents.

Team News

Egypt will be without Ahmed Hassan who is sidelined with an injury, but this is the only injury worry the hosts have.

South Africa, on the other hand, have Themba Zwane suspended and  Dean Furman is a doubt.

Potential Egypt Starting XI: El-Shenawy, Ashraf, Alaa, Hegazi, Mohamady, Hamed, Elneny, Trézéguet, Said, Salah, Mohsen

Potential South Africa Starting XI: Williams, Mkhize, Mkhwanazi, Hlatshwayo, Hlanti, Zungu, Mokotjo, Serero, Tau, Mothiba, Vilakazi

Head To Head

  • Egypt have only won one of their last five games against their round-of-16 opponents.
  • South Africa ran out 1-0 winners in their last meeting back in 2016.
  • Both teams have tasted victory three times against each other with there also being one draw.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Egypt are yet to concede a goal this tournament.
  • Mohamed Salah and Ahmed El Mohamady are joint second top goalscorers in the competition with two goals apiece.
  • South Africa are one of the lowest scorers in the tournament so far, only notching a single goal.

Betting Odds

  • Egypt 3/5
  • Draw 27/10
  • South Africa 13/2

The Verdict

With South Africa not being the most clinical side alongside Egypt having one of the meanest defences in the competition, this all points to a comprehensive Egyptian win.

Mohamed Salah will be looking to add to his tally of two goals so far this tournament with it expected that the Egyptian will battle it out with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane for the African Cup of Nations golden boot.

South Africa have found it hard to be potent in front of goal and will need Mothiba and Vilakazi to start firing soon if they are to have a chance against the hosts.

Egypt are expected to still be in the competition at the later rounds so it would prove to be quite the upset if they are to be knocked out so early on.

Bet365 offer odds of 11/10 for Egypt to win to nil and Mohamed Salah to score at any time during the encounter has odds of 6/4 at SportingBet which looks to be a safe punt.

Recommended Bets

  • 2pts – Egypt to win to nil – 11/10 (Bet365)
  • 2pts – Mohamed Salah any time goalscorer – 6/4 (SportingBet)