Senegal World Cup 2018 Betting – Odds, Group & Prediction

16th April 2018 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Senegal have plenty of players that will be familiar to fans of the English Premier League and Championship. Their star attraction is Liverpool’s Sadio Mane. The Lions of Teranga should bring an exciting bit of passion and flair to Russia 2018, but will they have enough in their ranks to battle out of what appears to be a really competitive group?

How Senegal qualified

Senegal were the fifth-ranked team in the CAF at the start of their qualification campaign, were drawn against Madagascar in their second time (having received a bye in the first round as all the top 27 seeds did). They were held to a 2-2 in the first leg away from home, before securing a comfortable 3-0 success back on home soil in Dakar. They wouldn’t have expected such a tough game in that first leg, falling 2-0 down, but they showed their power in the end.

That put them through to the group stage in the third round of qualification where they were drawn against Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and South Africa. They did not have any trouble getting out of that either with a W4 D2 record, scoring ten goals and conceding three in their ten matches. It was all fairly comfortable for them. They did have to go through a replay against South Africa as FIFA banned the referee Joseph Lamptey for manipulating the game.

He wrongly awarded South Africa a penalty, which led to a complaint which led to the ban and the Court of Arbitration upheld it. So they replayed that match, and Senegal won 2-0. So the Lions topped their group with an unbeaten record and are making their way to Russia 2018.

World Cup 2018 Group Stage

At the World Cup Senegal will be taking on Poland, Colombia and Japan in Group H. That’s a really competitive group with each of those bringing something different to the table for the Lions to have to deal with. Senegal opens with a game against Poland on June 19th and Senegal are going as 23/10 underdogs with bet365* (betting odds taken at 10:34 p.m. on April 13th, 2018) for that one. That could be a tough battle because the Poles are going to be tough to break down and they pose a big threat going forward through Robert Lewandowski.

So if they have to start catching up from there it is going to be a little difficult. A point out of that opener would go a long way. Their second game is against Japan whose quality isn’t particularly high at the moment so that will easily be Senegal’s best chance of picking up three points in a group stage game. So they should be well in the mix of things by the time they go into their scrap with Colombia in their final group stage.

This is an interesting one as well because the South Americans have been struggling for a while and haven’t looked like being a particular threat at the tournament at all. But they will still be difficult to beat and it’s going to come down with how much verve and self-belief Senegal can throw at this really. There is, at the end of a day a decent opportunity to have a shot of qualifications if they are bold enough.

Senegal have plenty of players with experience across Europe with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane being their talisman really and there will be a lot of expectancy on his shoulder to drive them forward. West Ham’s Cheikhou Kutae, Everton’s Oumar Niasse, Rennes’ Diafra Sakho, Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf and Crystal Palaces Pape Souare and just some of the familiar names that Senegal can boast.

2018 World Cup Odds*

Germany 9/2, Brazil 4/1, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (Betting Odds taken at 4:06 p.m. on April 11th, 2018)

Senegal World Cup History

This will be just the second ever World Cup for Senegal. Their previous appearance was in 2002 where they put together a great run to reach the quarter finals. That’s not bad for a debut. They held off France and Uruguay to book the second spot in their group behind Denmark and then landed a sudden death winning against Sweden in the round of sixteen. They bowed out at Turkey (sudden death) in the quarter finals. So their World Cup match record stands at W2 D2 L1.

Senegal Predictions

There is a window of opportunity for Senegal to qualify and they are 5/2 odds at bet365 get eliminated at the last of sixteen stage. Group H is just the hardest to read and looking at the form that Senegal have produced over the last year or so, it really hasn’t been anything special without having faced any really tough non-African nations to test themselves against. They may just come up short so a group stage tumble may just be their fate.

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