AFCON 2021: Cameroon vs Egypt prediction and betting tips (February 3)
Cameroon take on Egypt in the semi-final of the 2021 AFCON on Thursday night. This is their first meeting since the 2017 AFCON final. Will the hosts trump Egypt again or will the Pharaohs beat them?
Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar are the key Senegalese players at the AFCON 2021
Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar are the key Senegalese players at the AFCON 2021

Cameroon and Egypt cross swords in the semi-final of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. GMT on Thursday, 3 February 2022. The match venue is Japoma Football Stadium, Douala, Cameroon.

Latest betting odds

Top betting sites price Cameroon to win odds at 2.18 (+118 American; 59/50 Fractional), the odds of a draw are priced at 2.90 (+190; 19/10), while Egypt to win odds are priced at 4.08 (+308; 77/25).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Cameroon — 44%, draw — 33%, Egypt — 23%.

Latest betting odds on Cameroon vs Egypt (3 February 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.70 (+170; 17/10)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.47 (-212; 25/53)
  • Asian handicap (-0.25) on Cameroon — 1.74 (-135; 20/27)
  • Asian handicap (+0.25) on Egypt — 2.00 (+100; evens)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.40 (+140; 7/5)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.54 (-185; 20/37)

Match preview and statistics

Cameroon are a leap away from the 2021 AFCON final. The five-time AFCON champion remain unbeaten in the tournament with four wins and a draw. The Indomitable Lions beat Gambia 2-0 in the quarter-final.

Karl Toko Ekambi opened the scoring in the 50th minute of the second half with a header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Collins Fai with a cross. Ekambi doubled the lead and bagged a brace in the 57th with a right footed shot from the right side of the six-yard box to the top right corner, assisted by Martin Hongla.

Even though he was not on the scoresheet, Vincent Aboubakar made his presence felt in the match. Aboubakar completed the most dribbles (4), was the most fouled player (3 times) and won the most duels (8). Hongla created the most chances (5), gave four key passes, had eight accurate long balls, one dribble, one interception and an assist.

Team statistics: 61% possession, 18 total shots, 16 chances created, seven shots on target, 401 accurate passes, 88% pass accuracy, 15 fouls conceded, five corners, three offsides, one yellow card.

Cameroon team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.

Egypt beat Morocco 2-1 in the quarter-final to get a ticket to the semi-final. They have four wins and a loss in the tournament. The Pharaohs have the most AFCON titles (7) and want to win it this year. The last time they won it was in 2010.

Sofiane Boufal gave Morocco the lead in the seventh minute from the penalty spot. He converted the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner. Mohamed Salah equalized in the 52nd minute with a left footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner following a corner.

Both teams went into extra time after the 1-1 draw in regular time. Trezeguet put them in front with a right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner, assisted by Mohamed Salah.

Team statistics: 54% possession, 14 total shots, nine chances created, two big chances, five shots on target, 333 accurate passes, 73% pass accuracy, 30 fouls conceded, six corners, two offsides, four yellow cards.

Egypt team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.

Cameroon vs Egypt H2H

Both teams have gone head-to-head nine times. Egypt have been the better side with five wins, Cameroon have two wins with two draws. The last time they met was in the 2017 AFCON final. Cameroon beat Egypt 2-1.

Key players and lineups

Cameroon projected starting lineup:

  • Andre Onana
  • Collins Fai
  • Jean-Charles Castelletto
  • Michael Ngadeu-Nadjui
  • Nouhou Tolo
  • Nicolas Ngamaleu
  • Samuel Gouet
  • Andre Zambo Anguissa
  • Marin Hongla
  • Karl Toko Ekambi
  • Vincent Aboubakar

Karl Toko Ekambi and Vincent Aboubakar are the key players to watch out for in this match. Both players are leading topscorers in the tournament with five and six goals respectively. Ekambi scored a brace in their 2-0 win against the Gambia in the last match.

Aboubakar is the leading topscorer in the tournament with six goals. He didn’t score in the last match but had a good game, completed the most dribbles (4), was the most fouled player (3 times) and won the most duels (8). Aboubakar eyes the golden boot, a goal or two in this game puts him ahead of rivals.

Egypt projected starting lineup:

  • Mohamed Sobhi
  • Ahmed Hegazi
  • Mohamed Abdelmonem
  • Mahmoud El Wensh
  • Mahmoud Alaa
  • Omar Marmoush
  • Mohamed Elneny
  • Ramadan Sobhi
  • Mohamed Salah
  • Omar Marmoush
  • Mostafa Mohamed

Mohamed Salah is the key player to watch out for. He was the main man in the last match against Morocco, involved in the goals the team scored, with a goal and an assist. Salah has two goals and an assist in the tournament.

Betting tips and prediction

Both sides are in good form ahead of their clash on Thursday night. Cameroon have four wins and a draw so far, while Egypt have three wins, a draw and a loss. This is a rematch of the 2017 AFCON final, Cameroon beat Egypt 2-1 in the match which was their last meeting.

Picking an outright winner is a tough task at this point. The Pharaohs have found their way to victory in the knockout games, the Indomitable Lions also have won their games comfortably. Predictions for this match are Both teams to score, and over 1.5 goals.

Betting prediction: Both teams to score (Yes)

Odds: 2.40 (+140 American; 7/5 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 1.5 goals

Odds: 1.54 (-185 American; 20/37 Fractional)

FootballAFCON 2023. Semi-finals
Cameroon — Egypt
Lost
Both teams to score (Yes)
2.40
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