AFCON Match Preview : Burkina Faso vs Egypt

The Burkina Faso side, coach by Paul Duarte have improved with each passing game and will fancy their chances against Egypt on Wednesday.

Egypt have been one of the most consistent sides in the tournament, though not flashy by any means, their effectiveness has seen them win all their games bar the first group game that they drew with Mali.

An added spice to the equation is that Egypt is the only team in the tournament yet to concede a goal while Burkina Faso has scored in all their games.

Ahmed Hegazi has been colossal for the North Africans in the centre of defence and he will also be counted upon to lock out an impressive Burkinabe attack. Win big on

It will be a clash of two teams with contrasting styles. Burkina Faso’s counter-attacking, compact defending game against an Egyptian side who love to play expansive football under Hector Cuper.

Team News

Burkina Faso – has also been strong defensively with a solid defensive line of Issoufou Dayo, Bakary Kone and Yacouba Coulibaly.They have conceded only two goals in four games with Vincent Aboubakar goal the only one they have let in from open play-the other, a penalty kick converted by Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang.

Egypt – will be without Mohamed Elneny for the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final against Burkina Faso, while striker Marwan Mohsen is doubtful with a knee complaint.

Arsenal midfielder Elneny suffered a calf injury in his country’s final group game against Ghana and sat out the quarter-final triumph over Morocco – a match that proved to be a third consecutive 1-0 win for Hector Cuper’s men.

If that run hardly promises a goal rush, the Pharaohs recent record in semi-finals could hint towards them kicking into gear on Wednesday.

The seven-time champions have won their past five matches in the final four, going on to lift the trophy on each occasion.

Match Fact

Egypt have never lost to Burkina Faso (W4 D2) with Abdallah El-Said scoring both goals for Egypt in the most recent encounter, a 2-0 win last February.

Burkina Faso have the opportunity to equal their longest run of clean sheets in the African Cup of Nations (three games) but they have never managed to record one against Egypt in six previous attempts.

Egypt have gone 23 AFCON games without defeat (W18 D5), last losing in the 2004 tournament against Algeria and have only conceded one goal across their last nine matches in the finals.

Five of Egypt’s last six goals in the African Cup of Nations have come between the 80th and 90th minutes.


Burkina Faso’s last four shots on target in this tournament have resulted in a goal.

As at this post Burkina Faso has 3.89 odd to win the match on Naija and Bet  while Egyht has 2.24 has  odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 2.75.

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