2018 World Cup Preview – Senegal

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The team which famously beat defending champions France in the 2002 opener are ready to cause a few more upsets in their first World Cup for 16 years.

Senegal World Cup Betting Markets

Stage of Elimination

  • Group Stage @ $1.53
  • Round of 16 @ $3.40
  • Quarter Final @ $8.00
  • Semi Final @ $23.00
  • Runners Up @ $67.00
  • Winners @ $126.00

Draw

Group:

Senegal have been drawn in Group H alongside Poland, Colombia and Japan

Opponents:

Record vs Poland – Never Played

Record vs Japan – W: 2, D: 0, L: 0

Last Meeting – 10 September 2003: Senegal def Japan 1-0

Record vs Colombia – W: 0, D: 1, L: 0

Last Meeting – 31 May 2014: Senegal drew with Colombia 2-2

Schedule:

Wednesday 20th June – 1:00am – Senegal vs Poland

Monday 25th June – 1:00am – Senegal vs Japan

Friday 29th June – 12:00am – Senegal vs Colombia

Group Ranking:

Group H is a wide open proposition with all four teams able to make a case as to why they can win it.

For Senegal the key is making sure they enter the last game against Colombia with a margin for error is it will be their toughest outing for sure.

Back Senegal to Win Group H @ $5.00

World Cup History

Number of Appearances

1 – 2002

Best Performance

Quarter Finals – 2002

Match Record & Goals Tally

Played: 5, Won: 2, Drawn: 2, Lost: 1

Scored: 7, Conceded: 6

2018 Qualifying Campaign

Made the World Cup by…

Senegal finished on top of CAF Qualifying Group D giving them direct passage to Russia

Qualifying Record & Goals Tally

Played: 8, Won: 5, Drawn: 3, Lost: 0

Scored: 15, Conceded: 5

Story to Watch

Senegal bring an unknown quantity to the World Cup but plenty of big names including Liverpool’s Saido Mane and Idrissa Gueye.

How will these superstars go when it comes to elevating their national team in a group that they are more than capable of getting out of.

Senegal 2018 World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers

Khadim N’Diaye, Abdoulaye Diallo, Alfred Gomis

Defenders

Kara Mbodji, Kalidou Koulibaly, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Lamine Gassama

Midfielders

Badou Ndiaye, Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Cheikh N’Doye, Salif Sane, Alfred N’Diaye

Forwards

Moussa Sow, Sadio Mane, Keita Balde Diao, Moussa Konate, Ismaila Sarr, Diafra Sakho, Mame Biram Diouf, M’Baye Niang

Strengths

Senegal’s big name players are littered throughout the team from back to front.

Saido Mane had a superb season for Liverpool while Kalidou Koublibaly is a fine defender, and for all their star players they have the maturity to grind out results even if they are not at their best.

Weakness

As good as Senegal’s stars are, there is a big gap between the best and the worst players in their side.

Not to mention a glaring lack of depth in central midfield.

Notable Absentees

This is Senegal’s best available squad which will come in handy when they are under the pump in the group stage.

Key Player

Saido Mane

With great name recognition comes great responsibility… or something like that.

Mane popped up with a goal in the Champions League Final and will need to be the go-to man for Senegal here, shouldering a heavy attacking load.

Back Saido Mane to be Senegal’s Top Team Goalscorer @ $3.00

Final Prediction

While the individual names will make Senegal an exciting prospect to watch in the group stage, their campaign will most likely end after three games and a last out loss to Colombia.

PREDICTION: GROUP STAGE

Best Bet: Back Senegal to beat Poland in Matchday 1 @ $3.30