World Cup 2018 - SENEGAL I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis

At the 2018 World Cup, Senegal is regarded as one of the most promising African representatives. Aside from the quality of this West African team in its own right, this also has a lot to do with the group draw. The collection of four teams in Group H can fairly be described as well-balanced, especially when compared to other groups. In this instance, Senegal will go up against Poland, Colombia and Japan in what has been nicknamed “The World Group”. At this 2018 World Cup, truly anything is possible for these “Lions of Teranga”. Our comprehensive projections, recommended World Cup betting as well as odds, along with detailed analysis of the squad should help you make perfect bets on Senegal.

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  • World Cup tips and prognosis
  • Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Senegal
  • Roster analysis
  • Qualification and form check
  • Previous final round participations

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What betting tips do we recommend with respect to Senegal?

Fans of betting who love to take risks will have a marvelous time during the 2018 World Cup with Senegal as well as Group H. Not least because, due to the exceptional balance between the teams, appealing odds are to be expected for the group matches. However, this also means that any prediction of results in the preliminary matches will be exceptionally difficult. For conservative bettors, we recommend waiting until after the first match has been played and then focusing on the rest of the tournament.

Looking purely at the odds, betting on Senegal progressing in the tournament should be rewarding. That said, the odds do reveal that the betting providers are somewhat pessimistic with regards to the West Africans. We can calculate on odds between 1.50 and 1.60 for them to be eliminated after the preliminary round. Precisely how balanced this particular World Cup group is, is clearly reflected in the following odds from bookmaker 888sport: odds of 3.00 are being given on bets for Senegal finishing last in their group, while a bet on them moving forward to the next round receives odds of 2.75. These bets receive similar odds at Bookie Bethard. For a bet on Senegal being eliminated in the round-of-16, at 888sport you will be given very attractive odds of 3.50. It is highly unlikely that the Senegalese will make it beyond the final 16 at this 2018 World Cup. Presumably, if the “Lions of Teranga” were to make it out of the preliminary round, they would come up against England or Belgium in the knock-out phase. However, should Senegal be good for a surprise, and repeat their success of 2002, making it into the quarterfinals, the odds for this happening lie between 6.50 and 10.00.

For Senegal managing to win Group H – which we cannot assume – we can expect correspondingly high odds of 6.50 for such a bet. That said, the clear favorites to win this group are Poland and Colombia. We certainly wish to point out the following World Cup betting option: At Interwetten, you can place an over/under bet with regards to whether Senegal earns more or less than 3.5 points in the preliminary round. For both possible outcomes, the bookmaker offers odds of 1.85. We certainly see one victory as well as one draw in the group as absolutely realistic for Senegal. You should likewise consider a bet on the best team from the continent, since, with respect to Africa, we see Senegal as having the best chance along with Egypt.

Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Senegal

  • To gain over 3.5 points in the group stage
  • To be the best African Team in the World Cup
  • In the match against Japan: Draw No Bet (on Senegal)

Who are the most important players in the Senegal ranks at the 2018 World Cup?

If you take a look at the Senegalese national squad, you will immediately recognize a number of well-known names and faces. After all, most of these players earn their living in European leagues. For simplicity’s sake, let us roll out this team for you from back to front. Traditionally, African teams tend to be more poorly manned at the goalie position – in this regard, Senegal is no exception. Alfred Gomis (SPAL Ferrara), who is more highly regarded by the experts, and the experienced Khadim N’Diaye (Horoya AC/Guinea), who guarded the goal in most of the qualifying matches, will be battling it out for the privilege of standing between the goalposts for their team at the 2018 World Cup. Defensively, defensive leader Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli stands out, and will likely provide the necessary stability in the defensive ranks, currently boasting a market value of €40 million. Salif Sane (Hannover 96) is most likely to take his place next to him as a central defender. The outside backs might well represent the weak point of this Senegalese team at the 2018 World Cup – with a top caliber prospect practically nowhere to be seen.

A number of rugged, highly competitive figures will be battling it out in the central midfield. A trio from the English Premier League, consisting of Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham), often also helps out defensively, Idrissa Gueye (Everton) as well as Badou Ndiaye (Stoke City) will make space hard to come by for opponents during the World Cup finals. Offensively, the Senegalese are also very strong, though the team’s two big stars – Sadio Mane (Liverpool) and up-and-coming star Keita Balde (Monaco) clearly stand out from the rest. Both players generally play on the left, though on the national squad, Balde is basically forced to move over to the right side, where he generally performs quite well.

Due to the make-up off his squad, it makes absolute sense that national trainer Aliou Cisse prefers an attack-minded 4-3-3 formation. The Senegalese also stuck with this system during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup – only rarely do they make small adjustments. Incidentally, Aliou Cisse will likely be the youngest trainer of all teams participating in this tournament, just 42 years of age. He has held this position since March 2015, before which he was co-trainer on the Senegalese staff.

How did Senegal manage to qualify for the 2018 World Cup?

The African Football Confederation is allotted five guaranteed slots in the 2018 World Cup. Senegal’s involvement began in the second round of the qualifying phase, consisting of home and away games. Senegal drew Madagascar as its opponent. In the first leg, Senegal clearly didn’t take Madagascar as seriously as they should have and had to settle for a surprising 2:2 result, though they were actually behind at halftime. In the return leg, however, Senegal made a very clear statement and won the match 3:0.

In the third and decisive third round, with the respective winners of the five 4-team groups qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, Senegal drew the very manageable group opponents Cape Verde, South Africa and Burkina Faso. After six rounds, the “Lions of Teranga” prevailed, having remained unbeaten. 4 victories and 2 draws as well as a very respectable goal differential of 10:3 – this was the bottom line for the Senegalese. Against the group’s second-place finisher, Burkina Faso, they twice had to settle for a tie, though they clearly dominated each match.

During their journey to the 2018 World Cup, many different players were rotated in and out of the Senegalese national team – with trainer Aliou Cisse compelled to do so due to a slew of injuries, poor form as well as non-availability of various players. Interestingly: No player on the Senegalese squad scored more than 2 goals during qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Sadio Mane and Mame Diouf, as well as two other players, each scored two goals on the path to the World Cup finals.

How has Senegal performed in previous World Cups?

Senegal celebrated its World Cup debut in 2002 in Japan and South Korea. And here, the “Lions of Teranga” immediately caused quite a furor. In their very first match, the Senegalese squad conjured up the sensation of the tournament, as they totally unexpectedly beat France with a score of 1:0. As the tournament progressed, and thanks to truly pugnacious performances, they managed a 1:1 against Denmark as well as a remarkable 3:3 against Uruguay, allowing them to move forward into the round-of-16 unbeaten. There, they prevailed over Sweden in extra time 2:1, with record-setting player and goal-scorer Henri Camara responsible for both of the goals. In the quarterfinals, Senegal was finally eliminated, somewhat unluckily, from the tournament, losing to Turkey, also in extra time incidentally, 0:1. Astonishingly, Senegal has never again managed to qualify for the World Cup finals since achieving this fantastic result. Which means, the 2018 World Cup in Russia will only be this West African country’s second participation in the finals. One fun fact: Senegal has never suffered a defeat at the World Cup in regular time. Needless to say, it is highly unlikely that that run will continue, though who knows: maybe Senegal will prove us all wrong at the 2018 World Cup.

*All odds: status 14.02.2018

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