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Ethiopia vs Egypt betting tips: Africa Cup of Nations qualifier preview, predictions and odds

Egypt are unbeaten in eight meetings with Ethiopia, winning six, scoring 28 goals in these matches. 

Egypt to win and under 2.5 goals is 5/4. 

Match preview

After a hard-fought victory on matchday one, will Egypt have it all their own way in this one?

On Sunday, the record-winners of this trophy needed an 87th minute goal from Mostafa Mohamed to beat Guinea at Cairo International Stadium.

Nevertheless, the Pharaohs did begin the campaign with three points, looking to qualify for a 26th edition of Africa Cup of Nations.

Egypt have endured plenty of misery in recent years, losing in the finals of 2017 and 2021, going out in the round of 16 on home soil in-between.

Then, earlier this year, they missed out on World Cup qualification following a penalty shootout defeat to Senegal in Dakar.

So now, under Ehab Galal, they’re rebuilding, hoping to heal their wounds by lifting their eighth AFCON trophy next summer.

Ethiopia meanwhile have qualified for just two AFCONs in the last four decades, but one of those was earlier this year, going out in the group phase.

However, the Walia Ibex’s hopes of back-to-back qualifications suffered a blow on matchday one, losing 2-1 to Malawi in Lilongwe.

Thus, Egypt should swat aside Ethiopia at Bingu National Stadium.

Ethiopia team news

Ethiopia's entire squad all play in the domestic league, with the exception of Shimelis Bekele who is at El Gouna FC, coincidentally, in Egypt.

He has the most international goals and caps of anyone in the squad with Getaneh Kebede having been left out.

Egypt team news

Similarly, the vast majority of the visiting party ply their trade in the Egyptian Premier League, with a few notable exceptions.

Mohamed Salah will captain the side, looking to score against a 28th different national team opponent.

Mostafa Mohamed last-gasp winner off the bench on Sunday should see him come into the XI here.

In goal, with Mohamed El Shenawy a doubt, AFCON hero Mohamed Abou Gabal could continue to don the gloves.

El Shenawy and the rest of the Al Ahly contingent joined up late following the CAF Champions League Final defeat on 30 May.

If Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny features, he'll win his 93rd cap, aiming to join the 14 Egyptians who have 100+

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