Mohamed Salah of Egypt

Egypt vs DR Congo: Pharaohs can see off Leopards in Cairo

Kick-off: 2100, 26/06/2019

Stadium: Cairo International Stadium

TV: Eurosport

Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt were more superior than a 1-0 scoreline suggests when beating Zimbabwe and can follow up by brushing aside DR Congo.

The Leopards opened with a very disappointing 2-0 loss to Uganda and now must come up against the tournament favourites in front of a hostile Cairo crowd.

Punters can get 19/20 for the Pharaohs to win to nil again and that is our initial Egypt vs DR Congo prediction.

A Look At Egypt’s Betting Odds

Trezeguet scored the only goal as Egypt kicked off with a popular success, with the winger curling home four minutes before the interval to reward his side for a dominant first-half display.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, Marwan Mohsen and Abdallah El-Said all forced good saves from Edmore Sibanda as the Pharaohs controlled proceedings.

Zimbabwe did threaten a touch late on after Egypt failed to capitalise on further chances, but the home side held firm.

With Aston Villa’s Ahmed Elmohamady and Ahmed Hegazi of West Brom at the back, plus Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, this is a very solid outfit in key positions.

Looking at the Egypt vs DR Congo odds, we like 7/5 for the Pharaohs to open up a bit more and win by more than one goal this time.

A Look At DR Congo’s Betting Odds

After finishing third in 2015 and pushing Ghana close in the quarter-finals two years ago, DR Congo went into this tournament as dark horses to do well.

Cedric Bakambu, a €40million signing for Chinese club Beijing Guoan, has scored goals throughout his career, while Britt Assombalonga and Yannick Bolasie are other talented front men.

However, Florent Ibenge has a big job on his hands to rally his troops after the surprise defeat to Uganda, who could easily have won by a bigger margin.

Everton winger Bolasie nodded a corner wide before the break and substitute Jonathan Bolingi hit the crossbar as DR Congo tried to find a response.

The Leopards produced little in the way of a threat in the final 20 minutes, though, and seemed a deflated bunch at the final whistle.

We reckon 19/4 for them to lose 2-0 again here is worth adding to our Egypt vs DR Congo betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

EGYPT 1-0 Zimbabwe – Trezeguet

DR CONGO 0-2 Uganda

Head-to-head: DR Congo 0-1 Egypt, Egypt 2-1 DR Congo, Egypt 4-1 DR Congo

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