AFCON 2019: Predictions for Round of 16 Senegal vs Uganda match

Senegal will face Uganda on July 5 in the Round of 16 match in 2019 AFCON at Cairo International Stadium.

Africa’s No.1 comes into this game upbeat having won two of their three group stage matches. The Lions of Teranga thrashed Kenya’s Harambee Stars 3-0 in their last group match on Monday, to book a direct ticket to the final 16. Uganda on the other hand, fell to Egypt 0-2 on match 3 but advanced to the knockouts after emerging second in Group A with four points.

With slightly more than two weeks remaining to the final, the few surviving teams are in a rush to secure maximum points and avoid being kicked out of one of Africa’s top tournaments.

Senegal have lived up to their No.1 African team title after showing impressive performance since the beginning of the tournament. But, while the Cranes might appear to stand no chance against the finesse of the Teranga Lions, make no mistake as the Sebastien Desabre’s side could pull off an upset and surprise Africa’s football giants.

Who do you think will carry the day when the two sides meet on Friday? We take a quick look at the two teams to get an idea of who will emerge the winner.

Senegal’s stats

Senegal were kicked out of the 2017 AFCON tournament after they lost 5-4 against Morocco. They are currently among the best performing teams in Africa. The Lions of Teranga are 22nd in the world with 1515 points in FIFA ranking. Aliou Cisse’s side have won four of their last five matches. Their only loss was a group stage match against Algeria on June 27 which ended 1-0.

Aliou Cisse’s side were kicked out of the 2002 World Cup after they lost 1-0 to Turkey. They won six of their last nine home matches and won four times in the last eight away matches. Senegal will be going into Friday’s game with high hopes coming from a 3-0 win against the Harambee Stars on Monday.

Uganda’s stats

Uganda is ranked 80th in FIFA world rankings with 1299 points. The Cranes have never won the AFCON tournament. They will be making their second successive attempt in the tournament this year after they were knocked out of the group stage in the 2017 AFCON competitions, following a 1-0 loss to Egypt.

In 2012, Sebastien Desabre’s side beat Kenya 2-1 to win their 13th CECAFA Tusker Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda. The Cranes have recorded poor performance in the last few matches winning only twice out of five games. They lost to Egypt 2-0 in their last match on June 30.

Senegal vs Uganda h2h

Senegal won four of their last five matches while Uganda won twice. The Cranes won only once out of five home matches while the Lions of Teranga won four times. Aliou Cisse’s side is ranked 22nd in the FIFA world rankings and Uganda are in position 80.

Senegal have won once in their last two encounters with Uganda and drew once. In 2013, Senegal beat Uganda 1-0 in the World Cup qualification match.

Will it be Senegal or Uganda?

Based on the above statistics, Senegal have an upper hand against the Uganda Cranes. The Lions of Teranga are in good form as opposed to their East African opponents. The odds are that Senegal will win on Friday. Sebastien Desabre’s side have appeared to struggle in their last few matches and will find it difficult to stop Africa’s top-ranked team in Cairo.

The Teranga Lions defense is solid and backed by a lethal frontline with Sadio Mane, Liverpool’s top player. The Cranes will need to up their game if they dream of beating Senegal.

Photo by Citadelite via Wikicommons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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