The last-16 stage of the African Cup of Nations gets underway on Friday, with Morocco taking on Benin at the Cairo International Stadium before Uganda go up against Senegal.
Defending champions Morocco have looked impressive throughout the tournament so far, having recorded three straight 1-0 victories over Namibia, the Ivory Coast and South Africa to top Group D.
As for Benin, they scraped through Group F after recording three consecutive draws, scoring just twice, and it will be a difficult ask for Michel Dussuyer’s men to make the quarter-finals.
In Friday’s second encounter, Senegal are heavy 10/19 favourites to get the better of Uganda and The Lions of Teranga have looked in decent form so far, having won two and lost one of their three group games.
Uganda amassed four points from a possible nine to finish second in Group A, but they were outclassed in the 2-0 defeat to Egypt and it is hard to make a case for a victory over Senegal.
Saturday has two blockbusters encounters, with Nigeria taking on Cameroon at Alexandria Stadium before Egypt go up against South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium.
Having been beaten to top spot in Group B by Madagascar, it is hard to have much faith in Nigeria to get the job done against a Cameroon side that have yet to hit their stride.
Clarence Seedorf’s men have yet to concede a goal in the tournament, having recorded two 0-0 draws and a 2-0 victory, and their solid defensive work should see them through to the last-eight stage.
Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is the tournament’s joint-top goalscorer, having netted twice, and he continues to be the heartbeat of Egypt’s side as the hosts target an eighth African Cup of Nations title.
The Pharaohs have scored five goals so far and have yet to concede, and they look good value to win to nil once again as they come up against a South African side that has scored just once.
The four remaining last-16 matches see Madagascar take on DR Congo and Algeria go head-to-head with Guinea, with both matches taking place on Sunday. Monday’s action involves Ghana, as they take on Tunisia, while Mali face the Ivory Coast.
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