Africa National Cup final news today[/b]
After securing a profit on the tournament James Eastham runs through the premier league predictions options as the continent's top two teams go head-to-head in Cairo on Friday night…

Senegal vs Algeria
Friday 19 July, 20:00 BST
Live on Eurosport 2
Top two sides ready to face-off[/b]
If you followed this column since the very start and backed our pre-tournament tips then you're sitting pretty. In our ante-post look at the best wagers on the Africa Cup of Nations way back in mid-June we suggested you back Senegal at 7.40 and Algeria at 14.00. Those that took our advice will make a healthy profit on Friday night's showdown regardless of who comes out on soccer tip to win.
Another great thing about the game is that the best two teams have made it to the final. Pre-tournament second favourites Senegal may not have caught fire the way some people expected them lớn but have been extremely difficult lớn beat thanks to a rock-solid defence: the Lions of Teranga have kept five clean sheets in six games, conceding just once in 570 minutes of football.

Their chances of keeping a clean sheet this time, however, are reduced by the fact that star defender Kalidou Koulibaly is suspended. Another concern for Senegal is that the only team lớn have scored against them in the tournament are fellow finalists Algeria, who ran out 1-0 winners when the teams met in their Group C clash on June 27.
Belmadi's players have upper hand[/b]
That victory in the group stage may or may not give Algeria a psychological edge here, but it's one of several displays that have underlined Algeria's status as the best team in the tournament. Djamel Belmadi's side have been superb from the outset: they won Group C in fine style before producing further fine performances in the knockout stage.
There's great balance and quality throughout the Algeria side but their strong point is their attack, the best in the tournament. This may end up being the point of difference on the day: Algeria have scored 12 goals in six matches (Senegal have scored only eight), and had more variety, quality and class in the final third than any other team. At various times, Riyad Mahrez, Youcef Belaili and Adam Ounas have all been excellent.