A trio of 2-2 draws saw the Pharaohs edged Ghana and Mozambique in Group B, while their opponents here enjoyed a similar route to somehow finish second over Zambia and Tanzania.
Something must give, then, in this knockout tie as Egypt look to finally go one better having lost in the 2017 and 2021 AFCON finals.
They will have to do so without Mohamed Salah, who has returned to Liverpool injured and may only return if he races back to fitness for the latter stages.
DR Congo, twice Cup of Nations champions, have only won one knockout tie at the tournament since 1998.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Egypt vs DR Congo is scheduled for an 8pm GMT kick-off today, Sunday, January 28, 2024.
The match will take place at Laurent Pokou Stadium in San Pedro.
Where to watch Egypt vs DR Congo
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised live on Sky Sports Football, with coverage starting at 7.55pm.
Live stream: Subscribers can also catch the contest live online via the Sky Go app.
Live blog: You can follow all the action on matchday via Standard Sport’s live blog.
Egypt vs DR Congo team news
Egypt XI: Abo Gabal; Hany, Abdelmonem, Hegazy, Fatouh; Elneny, Attia, Fathy; Zizo, Trezeguet, Mostafa
DR Congo XI: Mpasi; Mbemba, Batubinsika, Kalulu, Masuaku; Moutoussamy, Pickel, Meschack, Bongonda; Wissa, Bakambu
Egypt vs DR Congo prediction
It has been a bit of a disaster for Egypt at this AFCON, but they have got goals in them which may be enough to force them over the line.
Egypt to win, 2-1 after extra-time.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
The Pharaohs have a superb record in this fixture.
Egypt wins: 6
DR Congo wins: 0
Egypt vs DR Congo match odds
Egypt to qualify: 6/10
DR Congo to qualify: 16/5
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).