Senegal Stats & Form
Senegal had a dominant performance in the African qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup. They won 5 out of 6 games in the group stage finishing on top of the group H with 16 points, double as much as Togo who was second. Senegal was the underdog in the decisive matchup against Egypt but managed to go through in the penalty shootout.
Sadio Mane is one of the best players in the world today and he has managed to take his team to the World’s biggest stage after previously winning the African Cup. Bayern Munich’s striker is a type of player that can score against any given opponent and his level gives Senegal chance in this World Cup.
Senegal has lost only 2 games in the last 10 and has been probably the best African team in the last 5 years.
This will be the third World Cup participation for Senegal. They made their debut in 2002 making it to the quarterfinals where they lost in the extra time against Turkey. In 2018 in Russia, Senegal finished in 17th place.
Netherlands Stats & Form
Netherlands is one of the best teams in the past two decades. After surprisingly missing the previous World Cup in Russia, Netherlands is back where they belong. Despite the fact, that there are many young an unexperienced players on the roster, Netherlands is definitely a team that should not be underestimated.
They finished on top of Group G in the European qualifiers with 23 points, two more than Turkey. Netherlands won 7 of 10 games with 2 draws and 1 loss and had an amazing goal differential of +25.
Netherlands has not lost any of the last 13 games and, even though they are not considered among the top contenders in Qatar, they are definitely a “dark horse” candidate to win the competition.
In Qatar, Netherlands will play their 11th World Cup. They have never won the competition but have finished as runner-up on three occasions: in 1974, 1978 and 2010. In 2014, they finished in third place after losing in the semifinals to Argentina in the penalty shootout and then defeating Brazil in the game for third place.
Senegal vs. Netherlands Head-to-Head Stats
This will be the first game between Senegal and Netherlands.
Senegal vs. Netherlands Betting Odds
Netherlands is a favorite going into this game with -147 odds going in their favor while the odds for Senegal’s win are at 450. The odds for a draw are 260.
The total goals margin is set at 2.5 with 106 for over and -131 for under.
Louis Van Gaal is one of the best coaches in the last decades and will have another chance to lead his team in a big competition. Netherlands is probably not on the same level as they were the last time in the World Cup but the game against Senegal can be a real boost for them. Virgil Van Dijk is the leader of this team and a defensive line that will be very tough to score against. On the other side, Senegal will have Van Dijk’s former teammate from Liverpool, Sadio Mane, who is ready to take his team on his shoulders and fight against anybody. This will definitely be an interesting game and Netherlands will find a way to win it.