Egypt, the most decorated nation in AFCON history with seven titles, got their campaign off to a winning 1-0 start.
That result carried on the recent habit of the ‘Pharaohs’ being involved in low-scoring affairs, with four of their five games played this calendar year producing under 2.5 goals in total.
Furthermore, three of Egypt’s last four outings have ended 1-0 either way, which has occasionally been uncomfortable for their fans.
Yet, with Egypt opening the scoring in four of their last five games, and seeing three of their last four victories yield a single-goal margin, it’s likely they will adopt their usual approach.
Meanwhile, two-time winners DR Congo lost 2-0 to Uganda in their opening game, and in turn, the ‘Leopards’ have now won just once since the start of 2018.
Notably, five of the six draws in that sequence ended 1-1, though they fought back after conceding the first goal in four of those stalemates.
Similarly to the opposition, DR Congo’s games are typically low-scoring affairs.
Players to watch: Egyptian midfielder Trezeguet has opened the scoring for his nation in each of their last three AFCON matches, including qualifying.
DR Congo’s Cedric Bakambu is the only player to score a winning goal for his nation since Neeskens Kebano in November 2017.