Qatar and Senegal are determined to bounce back. Like James Bond would say: There’s no tomorrow for the losing team, setting up a highly entertaining back-and-forth battle for all soccer betting enthusiasts.
Senegal by 2 (+375)
Senegal, winner of the 2021 African Cup, won seven of its last 15 games in all competitions. Five of those victories were by two goals, including the last one, which was against Bolivia. The game finished 2-0 thanks to Boulaye Dia and Sadio Mane, who scored during the first half. Mane won’t be playing on Friday due to injury, but Dia is ready to go.
As for Qatar, the Maroons lost three of their last five games in all competitions. Two of those defeats were by two goals, including Sunday’s 2-0 loss against Ecuador in the first game of the 2022 World Cup. That was the first time that a WC host lost in the opener. In other words, Qatar players will face Senegal under a lot of pressure, which will end up making a difference.
Famara Diedhiou Anytime Goalscorer (+220)
With Mane out due to injury, Senegal’s coaching staff must find a new leader for the attacking unit. Dia got his chance against the Netherlands but failed to make a difference. Bamba Dieng also got an opportunity after coming off the bench in the second half, but he also failed to make an impact.
Therefore, it’s time for Famara Diedhiou to take the stage. Diedhiou, who’s 29 years old and plays for Alanyaspor (Turkish Super Lig), scored four goals on the road to the World Cup, one more than Mane.
The Lions of Teranga must go all-in right from the start, so I wouldn’t be surprised if head coach Aliou Cisse decides to play 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 to give Diedhiou, who’s offering a +220 price in the sportsbook to score, even more chances of stealing the show.
Both Teams to Score – Yes (+125)
I’m convinced Senegal will get the three points, but the hosts will score. The Maroons scored in four of their last seven games and I think they’ll be way more aggressive than against Ecuador. Almoez Ali and Mohammed Muntari are expected to lead the attack. We’re talking about two speedsters that have combined to score 55 goals for the national team. And here’s a freebie in case you would like to mix things up a bit more: The total will go over two goals.
According to the latest soccer lines, both teams to score is offering a +125 price. That means you could win $125 per every $100 wagered.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.