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Egypt v Burkina Faso Betting: Staunch defences unlikely to provide a thrilling semi final

11:55 AM GMT 01/02/2017
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Having displayed a watertight back line throughout the competition, Al Hain-Cole expects the Pharaohs to frustrate Duarte's team in Libreville

Egypt and Burkina Faso will fight it out for a place in the Africa Cup of Nations final when they come face-to-face at the Stade d'Angondje on Wednesday.

After scoring late to see off Morocco in the quarter-finals, Hector Cuper’s team are 23/20 (2.15) with bet365 to qualify for their first final since 2010 by coming out on top in Libreville.

Meanwhile, the Stallions struck twice in the last 10 minutes to overcome Tunisia 2-0 last time out, and can be backed at 3/1 (4.00) to reach the final for the second time in three editions with another victory here.

None of the three previous competitive encounters between the teams have resulted in draws, but you can get odds of 2/1 (3.00) on them forcing extra-time after a deadlocked 90 minutes in the Gabonese capital.

Having failed to qualify for the last three tournaments since winning the title for a record seventh occasion in 2010, the Pharaohs appear to be making up for lost time in this year’s competition.

As Herve Renard ominously warned following his Morocco team’s defeat in the last round, "Egypt are back" - a judgement he is more than qualified to make as the manager who has lifted the trophy in two of the last three editions.

While they may not be blowing teams away, Cuper’s men have needed to score just three times in four games thanks to a defence that is still yet to concede a single goal in Gabon.

Nevertheless, this semi-final should provide the greatest test yet for that watertight backline, as they take on the most prolific team left in what has been a relatively low-scoring competition so far.

Bound to set up conservatively in order to resist that attacking threat, odds of 5/4 (2.25) offer solid value on the steely Egyptians ensuring under 1.5 goals are scored for their fifth consecutive game in this competition.

Under 1.5 goals at 5/4 (2.25) for a 1pt stake with bet365