Date: Sunday 6th February, 2022
Time: 8:00 pm
Stadium Stade Olembe
Cisse has made just a few changes to his preferred lineup during the course of the tournament and we expect the 45-year-old to name a familiar stating XI in Sunday’s crunch tie.
In attack, Mane leads his side in goals and assists at the tournament with three and two respectively and we expect to see the 29-year-old spearhead the attack once more alongside Diedhiou and Villarreal forward Boulaye Dia.
Watford forward Sarr, who boasts one goal and one assist in just 57 minutes of action at the tournament, is yet to start a game at the so far but could serve as another excellent attacking option on the bench.
At the centre of the park, the trio of Ferland Mendy, Idrissa Gueye and Crystal Palace’s Kayoute have been rock solid and should be tasked with winning the midfield battle on Sunday.
Further behind, Senegal have been simply outstanding, keeping four clean sheets and conceding just twice in six games and we expect to see an unchanged back four of Bouna Sarr, Kalidou Koulibaly, Diallo and Saliou Ciss, who have started each of the three games in the knockout stages, shielding the reliable Edouard Mendy in goal.
Senegal possible starting lineup:
E Mendy; Sarr, Koulibaly, A Diallo, Ciss; Kouyate, N Mendy, I Gueye; Mane, Dieng, Dia
Meanwhile, Egypt remain without the services of Al Ahly midfielder Akram Tawfik, whose tournament came to an abrupt end when he sustained a severe injury just 11 minutes into the opening game against Nigeria on January 11.
Former West Bromwich Albion man Ahmed Hegazi is also major doubt for the Pharaohs after missing the game against Cameroon last time out through an injury he picked up against Morocco last Sunday.
Zamalek defender Mahmoud Hamdi, who took Hegazi’s place in XI against the Atlas Lions, proved to be an excellent replacement, and the 26-year-old could be handed his fourth starting appearance at the tournament.
Like his Liverpool counterpart Mane, Salah leads Egypt in goal involvements so far, scoring three goals and registering one assist and the 29-year-old will certainly cause the Senegalese a worry or two.
After coming off injured in the 96th minute in the game against Morocco, Gabaski shook off his injury as he turned in a performance of the highest quality against the Indomitable Lions last time out and the veteran goalkeeper should start between the sticks once more.
Egypt possible starting lineup:
Sobhy; Kamal, Trezeguet, Hamdi, Fatouh; Ashraf, El-Sulya, Elneny; Mohamed, Marmoush, Salah
Prediction:Senegal 2-1 Egypt