England versus Senegal projects as one of the World Cup’s most competitive knockout stage matches. Both teams won two games during the group stage. England beat Wales and Iran and Senegal beat Qatar and Ecuador. On Sunday, the English will be out to prove they can win the World Cup. Senegal wants to show they have what it takes to at least make it to the quarterfinals. Check out FIFA World Cup Odds, analysis, and a free pick for England versus Senegal.
2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Analysis: England vs Senegal Matchup
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Round of 16 – England versus Senegal
- When: Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2:00 pm ET
- Where: Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor, Qatar
- TV/Streaming: FS1
Why Senegal is a good play versus England
On the World Cup’s eve, Senegal got bad news. Their best player, Sadio Mane, would have to miss the tournament due to an injury. Without Mane, many believed Senegal wouldn’t make it past the group stage.
After losing their first match to the Netherlands by 2 goals, those beliefs looked like facts. But the Senagalese rallied with a 3-1 win against Qatar and a 2-1 victory over Ecuador. On Sunday, Senegal will bring the same energy and effective style to their match versus England.
If Senegal can break down Ecuador’s defense for two goals, they can definitely break down England’s for one. Also, the Senagalese are flying under the radar, which gives them another advantage.
Senegal Last 5
- W – 1-2 vs. Ecuador
- W – 1-3 vs. Qatar
- L – 0-2 vs. Netherlands
- D – 1-1 vs. Iran
- W – 0-2 vs. Bolivia
Senegal Predicted Starting Lineup
- F. Mendy
- N. Mendy
Why England is a good play versus Senegal
The 0-0 draw versus the United States disappointed England and their fans, but the favored team in this match bounced back versus Wales with a 3-0 performance.
If England plays the rest of the World Cup the way they played against Wales, it’s going to be very difficult for anybody to beat Harry Kane and his mates, including Senegal.
Kane, Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden, and the rest make England one of the most talented attacking teams at the 2022 Qatar World Cup. So unless Senegal can match England’s attack, the best soccer nation on Africa should bow out of the tournament on Sunday.
England Last 5
- W – 0-3 vs. Wales
- D – 0-0 vs. United States
- W – 6-2 vs. Iran
- D – 3-3 vs. Germany
- L – 1-0 vs. Italy
England Predicted Starting Lineup
Final Betting Analysis: Senegal vs. England
On paper, Senegal has no chance. England is loaded with talent. The English have great players up and down their roster.
But although Senegal appears overmatched, the English have had an up and down World Cup. England looked great in a 6-2 win versus Iran and a 3-0 victory over Wales.
They didn’t look good in the 0-0 draw against the United States. We should expect Senegal manager Aliou Cisse to take a page from Gregg Berhalter’s play book. The U.S. head coach and manager frustrated England by playing a defense first style.
Senegal is more than capable of attacking but Cisse will instruct his team to play conservatively and pick their attacking spots. If it works, Senegal is talented enough to beat England straight up. So that’s the play to consider, Senegal to knock out England on Sunday.
World Cup Pick: Senegal +580