Senegal World Cup Odds
2022 has been a great year for Senegal with Sadio Mane co-leading the West African giants to the final of the African Cup of Nations, in which they overcame stiff Egyptian resistance to lift the first piece of major silverware in their history.
They have asserted themselves as the kings of Africa for years to come and will take their bragging rights to Qatar looking to make their mark on the world stage.
Now in a great position with a talented and experienced manager in Aliou Cisse, Senegal has found their winning formula with the 4-3-3 formation, utilising their world-class strength across the whole pitch.
The likes of the magnificent Mane and the FIFA Best Goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, are standouts of what is now a team that will threaten the best in the world.
Senegal Team Odds To Win World Cup
Though only featuring in the World Cup finals for the third time in their history, Senegal head into 2022 Qatar with perhaps the strongest side they have ever had and is placed in a group that they should qualify from.
They have been drawn in Group A against Qatar, Ecuador, and the Netherlands and are second favourites to escape the group behind the Dutch at 4/5 (-125).
They are 9/2 (+450) to win Group A with the top spot likely being decided in Senegal’s match against the Netherlands, which they are 4/1 (+400) to win.
A place in the quarter-finals is less likely for the West African side, which they are 3-1 (+300) to qualify for, perhaps unsurprising given they are likely to face England in the round of 16.
They did, however, reach the last eight in the 2002 World Cup so will be hopeful of repeating that success this time around in Qatar.
Getting through to the semi-finals and winning the tournament might prove a stretch too far for Senegal, though, who are priced at 9/1 (+900) and 80/1 (+8000) respectively.
How To Bet On Senegalese Team In Qatar
While no easy feat, you may well fancy Senegal to get out of Group A and perform well this winter.
But before you place any bets on Senegal at the World Cup, you must remember that you are not rushing into anything and are picking the correct bets at the correct time.
Understanding how each betting market works in football – and there can be plenty of options out there – is pivotal to maximising your chances of winning a bet.
Below you’ll find a range of popular types of bets you may want to focus on when betting on Senegal at the World Cup this winter.
Player Prop Bets
With Sadio Mane being such a prominent player for Senegal, you may opt to place a bet on him.
You would be looking for a player prop bet, which is based on a player’s performance during a game.
For example, you could back Mane to score a goal and register an assist in the same match for his country.
Team Prop Bets
With Senegal also boasting some strong options across the pitch, you may opt to focus on betting on Senegal specifically instead.
You would be looking for a team prop bet, which is based on a team’s performance during a game.
For example, during a Senegal game against Qatar, you could bet on them to keep a clean sheet across the 90 minutes
Asian handicap bets are bets involving a handicap being given to one team to help bring the odds closer together.
If Senegal were to play Qatar at the World Cup, for example, they would be the favourites, so the handicap might be one and a half goals, with Senegal on -1.5 goals and Qatar on +1.5 goals.
Qatar is effectively being given a virtual head start, meaning they are already winning by 1.5 goals before the game kicks off.
Whichever team then scores the most goals with the handicap applied is the winner.
So, for example, if Senegal were to only beat Qatar 2-1 and you bet on them to win with the handicap, you would lose the bet.
During a Senegal game against the Netherlands at the World Cup, you might expect there to be several goals scored and therefore opt to bet on over 3.5 goals to be scored in total.
This is an example of goal lines bets, which allow you to bet on the total number of goals that will be scored in a match.
Another bet to watch out for is totals bets.
These let you bet over or under on the total number of goals set to be scored in a single game.
For example, during a Senegal match against the Netherlands, a bookmaker may predict there to be a total of four goals scored during the game.
You can then place a bet as to whether you think there will be more or fewer goals scored in the fixture than the predicted four.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Senegal
Once you’ve had a good read of the above, you’re all ready to place a bet on a Senegal match.
It can be easier to place your bets online given the offers and promotions that pop up with various bookmakers, so shop around until you see something that catches your eye, before opening an account with the chosen bookmaker.
Once you have registered and then selected the market you are looking to bet on, such as Ismaila Sarr to score anytime for Senegal v Netherlands, you can add the bet to your betting slip before placing the bet.
Here are five steps to help you place your bet online:
- Identify the odds you wish to bet on, then simply ‘add’ them to your on-screen betting slip.
- You must then fill in the amount of money you want to place on the bet in the relevant area.
- You may need to deposit money into your account before you can place the bet. If so, deposit the relevant amount before you can complete the bet.
- You are then ready to click the ‘place bet’ button or similar. You will then be told that your bet has been placed.
- It is also worth keeping check of your betting slip during the Senegal game, as you might also be offered ‘cash out’ options before the end of the match.
Senegal Team Overview For Qatar
In what is probably the best period of Senegal’s history, with a very first major tournament win at the Africa Cup of Nations, the Lions of Teranga are high in confidence and have made it to their third World Cup.
They will feel they have a real chance of reaching the knockout stage for the second time in their history.
They enter the tournament with arguably the best squad they ever had, and a manager who has led them to glory in Africa.
Their impressive attack of Sadio Mane and Ismaila Sarr is reinforced by a strong midfield and defence that will be flowing with belief going into a seemingly manageable group featuring Netherlands, Qatar, and Ecuador.
Key Football Players
Senegal has produced some fine players over the decades, and this year is no different.
Taking perhaps their strongest squad ever to a World Cup, Senegal has strength in-depth throughout and is stocked with what could be one of the deadliest attacking line-ups in the tournament.
Led by Sadio Mane, who has scored five Champions League goals this season, Senegal has a force of forwards that can unlock any defence in the world.
Mane’s quick feet and a deadly eye for goal is accompanied by the lightning pace of Ismaila Sarr. The duo has scored 21 goals between them in the Premier League this season.
Senegal’s strength is also in their defence with Edouard Mendy, who was named the Best FIFA goalkeeper in 2021, in goal, and Kalidou Koulibaly, a solid and obdurate defender, who has had a great season with Napoli.
It is also worth mentioning Idrissa Gueye, a central midfielder who has been a key player for PSG this season under Mauricio Pochettino.
Senegal is lucky enough to currently not have any significant injuries within their squad.
They do, however, have a few players that are prone to injury, notably Ismaila Sarr.
Sarr has spent large periods of this and the 2020/21 season sidelined after serious ligament and hamstring injuries.
He recovered from both in good time but the regularities in his injuries will make him a worry for Aliou Cisse in the build-up to the tournament.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Senegal is coached by experienced manager Aliou Cisse, who has been with them since his appointment in 2015.
Taking his first role in 2012, he has been periodically involved with the Senegal football team in some way for many years now, beginning his career as an assistant manager before going on to manage the under-23s and eventually taking the top job.
Since his story with Senegal started, Cisse has developed a 4-3-3 attacking formation and style of play that currently suits his very strong attacking arsenal, which is partly the reason for recent success.
He is joined by fellow French coaches and assistant managers Regis Bogaert and Noureddine Bouachera, who have accompanied him since 2016 and 2020 respectively, and helped make up his trusted team of professionals that have spurred this Senegal team into vitality.
Senegal Team Road To Qatar
Senegal had a very convincing qualifying run to the World Cup, winning all but two of their matches, with one of the losses coming in the first leg of the play-off tie that they eventually went on to win on penalties over Egypt.
They comfortably surpassed Togo, Namibia, Congo, and Egypt, scoring 16 goals in eight games and only conceding five.
Highlights were 4-1 wins over Namibia and the dramatic qualifying play-off where they defeated Egypt on penalties for the second time in 2022.
The final was played over two legs, the first of which they lost. Going 1-0 up thanks to an own goal in the second, they took Egypt to extra-time and then penalties where they scored three of the five to send the Senegalese fans into euphoria.
Senegal’s World Cup History
The 2022 World Cup is only the third World Cup that Senegal has qualified for in their entire history.
But the difference this time around, as reigning African champions, is they now have the world-class ability, a track record, and the confidence that they can compete with the world’s best.
For a long time, Senegal was absent from competing in the World Cup.
Their first appearance came in 2002 when they very surprisingly made it to the quarter-finals.
They were narrowly knocked out by Turkey that year, but the nation will take great pride in that epic journey to the last eight, where they drew to Uruguay and Denmark as well as beaten France and Sweden along the way.
Since then, they featured in the 2018 finals where, despite beating Poland and drawing to Japan, they were knocked out at the group stage.
Senegal has proven to be a bogey team at the World Cup for big teams that may expect an easy win, and they will aim to improve upon their previous results off the back of a fantastic African Cup of Nations win.
African fans at World Cups are famous for their sheer passion, colourful outfits, and awe-inspiring dance moves.
It wouldn’t be a World Cup without an African team’s set of fans that capture the attention of the world.
Senegal won this year’s Africa Cup of Nations via a tense penalty shootout against Egypt.
After that experience, it is safe to say that their fans have had the practice and will certainly know how to push their team over the line in the dramatic final stages of a match.