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Bet9ja Preview: Egypt vs Zimbabwe - Pharaohs to start on a winning note

19:25 BST 20/06/2019
Mohamed Salah, Egypt
Javier Aguirre’s men will be hoping to use the electric atmosphere in Cairo to kick things into gear as they aim for an eighth continental crown

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off on Friday night as hosts Egypt take on Zimbabwe at the Cairo International Stadium in a Group A clash.

The Pharaohs qualification by virtue of being tournament hosts, but still played the qualifiers and finished second behind Tunisia in Group J.

The seven-time African champions' preparations have also gone smoothly, having seen off Tanzania and Guinea in warm-up friendlies. They are favourites at odds of (1.19) with Bet9ja to win this match.

Meanwhile it’s back-to-back Afcon apperances for the Warriors after they finished top of qualifying Group G ahead of DR Congo, Liberia and Congo Brazzaville.

Zimbabwe are, however, considered inferior opponents for Egypt and that’s why they are clear underdogs at odds of (21.00) with the same bet firm.

The Southern African nation’s two warmup matches against Nigeria and Tanzania ended in stalemates and another one in the opening Afcon 2019 match is valued at odds of (5.90).

In eight previous clashes with Zimbabwe, Egypt have recorded five wins, two draws and one defeat, the loss coming way back in 1992. It’s also worth noting that only once were more than three goals scored.

Having considered all this, an Egyptian victory is very high on the cards in Cairo, but could be a close game that produces three goals or less. It’s offered at (1.56) with Bet9ja.

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