– Senegal beat the Netherlands 14-9 in the opening game and kept the Dutch quiet for 84 minutes
– Qatar managed just five shots and none on target against Ecuador
– Recommended bet: Senegal wins to zero
Qatar and Senegal were both beaten 2-0 in their World Cup opening matches and there can be no room for error ahead of Friday’s clash.
The hosts saw their balloon burst early in the tournament’s opener when Ecuador repeatedly sliced through them in the first half to secure a comfortable win.
Senegal were stung by a late performance from the Netherlands, with the Lions of Teranga looking good for at least a point in the final six minutes.
These two nations have never played each other, but both will be eager to secure their first points of the tournament.
Qatar saw four bookings in the first game, meaning they will miss the final group game if they concede another yellow card.
Goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb is one of them and he struggled in the opener to allow Meshaal Barsham to wait in the wings.
Captain Hassan Al Haydos will win his 171st cap as one of five Centurions in the home side’s roster.
Senegal will miss Nottingham Forest midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, who was ruled off the game against the Netherlands with a muscle injury.
However, Abdou Diallo should be fit after suffering muscle spasms which led to him being substituted.
Edouard Mendy had a difficult afternoon between the sticks and the Chelsea man could be replaced by QPR keeper Seny Dieng.
Africa Cup of Nations winners Senegal are favorites for this competition as Qatar have no major tournament experience ahead of this World Cup.
Aliou Cisse’s men won the CAF tournament in February, winning three of the seven games by more than a goal.
Even without Sadio Mane’s talent, they still have plenty of threats with Watford’s Ismaila Sarr being the main character.
Senegal beat the Netherlands 14-9 in the opening game and were mostly solid defensively, with the Dutch only scoring when they took the lead in the 84th minute.
Qatar struggled hard against an organized squad in Ecuador, mustering just five shots in total without going on target, and Senegal will be just as impressive at Al Thumama Stadium.
The hosts’ recent form was very good before losing their first World Cup game, having won each of their last four games.
However, the teams that beat them in the game were generally the ones that would not come close to qualifying for the World Cup and promotion was difficult.
Senegal should be too strong for the inexperienced hosts in this competition, despite their shaky form of late, having won just two of their last six internationals.
After their success in the AFCON, Aliou Cisse’s men can at least rely on their tournament-winning mentality.
Senegal’s performance against the Dutch also offers plenty of encouragement as they created chances and kept the tournament’s dark horses calm for 84 minutes.
Qatar managed so little against Ecuador.
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