Of the five African nations, Senegal is the one most soccer handicappers expect to have success during the group stage. The Senegalese qualified for the World Cup after beating Egypt 3-1 on penalty kicks. Senegal and Egypt were tied 1-1 on the aggregate. The Senegalese grabbed the WC qualification. Will Senegal prove their backers correct by playing the best of the African countries? Or is Senegal and their fans due for a letdown? Check out FIFA World Cup Betting Odds, and a second round prediction for Senegal.
Senegal Soccer Betting Analysis and their 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup Odds
2022 Qatar World Cup
- When: Nov. 21 – Dec. 18
Senegal Odds to Win the FIFA Qatar World Cup
- Senegal +8000
Senegal doesn’t have much history playing in the World Cup. The Senegalese qualified for the 1966 WC only to withdraw.
The African nation then qualified for the 1990 World Cup only to again withdraw. At the 2002 Korea World Cup, Senegal made it to the quarterfinals, finishing seventh overall. Senegal finished seventeenth at the 2018 World Cup.
In this century, Senegal has begun to establish a World Cup presence. Most agree that the 2022 team is the best World Cup squad the nation has ever assembled. Senegal has quality players at ever level.
If you want to back an African nation to win the World Cup, Senegal is the best one to put money behind. Not only that, but the odds are fair.
Why Senegal will move to the next round
Few teams boast a player as talented as Sadio Mane. Now at Bayern Munich, Mane used to play for English Premier League power Liverpool.
Most agree that while at Liverpool, Mane was one of the reasons the Reds won the 2019 Champions League and challenged Man City for the league title this season. Pool finished second in the CL after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League Final.
Mane leads a Senegal side with plenty of UEFA league talent. Defender Abdou Diallo and midfielder Idrissa Gueye play for PSG and midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate plays for Crystal Palace.
Why Senegal won’t move to the next round
Senegal has a solid team with plenty of UEFA talent, but this is the World Cup. It’s difficult for any team to finish first or second in their group and move to the next round.
Almost as important is the fact that Ecuador and the Netherlands both play in Group A. Ecuador bested Colombia to stamp their ticket to the WC. The Netherlands is one of the world’s best soccer nations. It will be tough for Senegal to beat either one of those teams.
Final Analysis – Senegal has a decent shot to finish second in Group A
During FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Senegal was one of the most impressive teams. The Senegalese not only beat Egypt, but they also qualified over Nigeria.
Not only that, but Senegal is deep with talent. Furthermore, Senegal boasts one of the top ten best soccer players in the world in Sadio Mane.
Mane will ensure Senegal at least qualifies for the knockout stage. The Senegalese will beat Ecuador and Qatar. The African nation is good enough to get by the Netherlands.
If you’re looking for a true underdog team with a legit shot to win the World Cup, look no further than Senegal. Even if Senegal doesn’t win Group A, the team will have a chance to go much further than the knockout stage because the team has a great player at every level and is deeper than many believe.