There is pressure on every team heading to the World Cup, although there are varying degrees. The majority of the pressure is on nations like Brazil, Germany, Argentina, France, and other countries that have a solid history in the tournament. There is also a lot of pressure on the host nation to perform well, and it is always interesting to see how players handle it. Will they rise to the occasion, or will it all prove to be too much? In the case of Qatar, the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, the early signs suggest that the latter is the problem. They did not look like a confident bunch in their opening game and are now set to go against a Senegal team that is also sure to be a little desperate after losing their first game. It is Senegal who come into this one as the favorite, with the goal total set at 2 ½. It’s World Cup survival on the line here. It’s time to take a look at the upcoming matchup between Qatar and Senegal so you can place your bets on their FIFA World Cup Odds.
2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Analysis: Qatar vs Senegal Group A Matchup
Qatar versus Senegal Match Info
- When: Friday. November 25th at 8 AM EST
- Where: Al Thumama Stadium, Qatar
- TV: FOX
Why bet on Qatar
This team is a little different to all the others in this competition in that they are more like a club team than an international outfit. This group of players have been training and living together for years, all with the goal of getting them to gel and put on a great performance in the World Cup. They have played a ton of games this year in preparation and looked to be on a roll heading into this tournament, winning 5 in a row and outscoring their opponents 8-2 in those games. In fairness, the quality of the opposition in those games was not the greatest, and they were left looking a whole lot less than ready in a 2-0 loss to Ecuador in their opener. Perhaps now the nerves will be off the host nation, and they can put in a better showing in this one. If they don’t, their World Cup dream will come to an end.
Why bet on Senegal
For Senegal, it was a long road to the World Cup, as they had to go into a 2-leg playoff against Egypt, which they escaped by the skin of their teeth. Losing Sadio Mane to injury prior to the start of the tournament was a huge blow and one that made many wonder where the goals were going to come from for this team. That certainly proved out in their opening game, where they did not play poorly, but lacked punch in the final third in a 2-0 loss to the Netherlands. There is reason to believe that they might have more success in this game, though, especially if the host nation plays as poorly as they did in their opening game. I expect Senegal to come out and have a real go, as nothing less than a win will do if they are to move on.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
It really is desperation time for both teams, as a loss will mean there will be not path to the knockout stage of the tournament. While neither team scored in their opener, I like the OVER in this one, as both teams need to come out and go for the win.
FIFA World Cup Betting Pick: Qatar 1 Senegal 2
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