Egypt vs Congo
World Cup Qualifiers – Africa
Date: Sunday, 8th October 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Borg El Arab Stadium (Alexandria).
Egypt will be keen to make the home advantage count in the World Cup qualifiers against Congo. They are at the top of Group E with 9 points, but they are under pressure from Uganda (7pts) and Ghana (5pts) in the next two spots.
Uganda and Ghana will be playing against each other on Saturday evening and the outcome of this match is important for the Egyptians. If this end in a draw, Egypt will qualify from the group with a win. But, a win for either sides will stretch this to the final group game when Egypt take a long trip to Ghana; and Uganda away at Congo.
Egypt won three of their four qualifying games and their lone defeat came away at Congo at the end of August. However, they were quick to rebound with a win against the same team six days later.
It will be worth to note that Pharaohs are unbeaten at home in World Cup qualification fixtures since 2004; a steak of 17 matches with 16 wins and 1 draw.
Meanwhile, Congo are out of the qualification race after managing just 1 point from their four games so far. The only match they avoided defeat was the away fixture at Ghana, which indeed put the Black Stars in a difficult position to qualify from the group.
This is the first time that Congo are going on a long barren run in the qualifiers since 2005.
Egypt vs Congo: Head-to-head
The reverse leg of the corresponding fixture was a 2-1 win for Egypt.
The teams had rarely met in the past few decades and Egypt had won in all three games against Congo since 1974.
Egypt vs Congo: Prediction
Egypt are a strong bunch at home, which is the main takeaway from their 16 wins and 1 draw from last 17 home fixtures in the World Cup qualifiers. Meanwhile, Congo are struggling on all counts after failing to register a win in the competition. They are low on confidence and morale and one must expected the home side to win this in convincing style.
Egypt vs Congo: Bet Tips
Our main pick is Egypt -1.75 Asian Handicap for 2.18 odds at 888Sport.
Value is in backing the home team to score in both halves at 2.38 odds with the same bookmaker.