Senegal Team Info – A Squad Packed with Talent
Senegal qualified for the World Cup after beating Egypt in a penalty shootout in the second leg of the CAF qualifiers final round. What made the match even more intense was that the two sides had met a year before, in the Africa Cup of Nations, and that game also went to penalties, which Senegal won to be crowned champions. After receiving a bye for the first round, Senegal was placed into a group with Congo, Namibia, and Togo. Senegal won 5 out of their 6 games, and had one draw. They scored 15 goals and only conceded 4, to finish top of the group and advance to the third, and final round. Senegal's success at competitions in recent years is the result of a team that has gradually improved to the point where they now sit in 18th in the football world rankings, the highest they have ever been.
In goal, they have Chelsea's first choice goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy. In defence, they have Kalidou Koulibaly, who also plays for Chelsea and is the captain. They can also fill the back line with players such as Abdou Diallo, Fode Ballo-Toure, Pape Abou Cisse, and Youssouf Sabaly. In midfield, they can use Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Krepin Diatta, Nampalys Mendy, amongst others. In attack, they have their key player, Sadio Mane, as well as Keita Balde, Famara Diedhiou, Ismaila Sarr, and Bamba Dieng.
The Netherlands Team Info – Chasing Their First Title
The Netherlands, or Holland, successfully qualified for the 2022 World Cup after topping a group that consisted of the teams of Norway, Turkey, Montenegro, Latvia, and Gibraltar. In the World Cup, the Netherlands is the most successful team without having won a single title. They lost three World Cup finals, in 1974, 1978, and most recently in 2010. In the 2014 World Cup, the team secured a third place finish, but then astonishingly, they failed to qualify for the 2018 event. After a series of managerial changes, in which former players such as Guus Hiddink, Danny Blind, and Frank de Boer, came and went, the Netherlands finally managed to secure Louis van Gaal as their manager. From 2021, van Gaal became manager of the Netherlands for the third time, and as he was the man who took them to their third place finish in 2014, he seems a good choice for the Oranje.
He will manage a superb team that has experienced goalkeepers in Jasper Cillessen and Tim Kruul, as well as an enviable defence with players such as Daley Blind, Stefan de Vrij, Matthijs de Ligt, Nathan Ake, Tyrell Malacia, and captain Virgil van Dijk. In midfield, they also have a wealth of options including Frenkie de Jong, Davy Klaassen, Georginio Wijnaldum, and Donny van de Beek. Their attack is led by Barcelona's Memphis Depay, as well as Steven Bergwijn, Wout Weghorst, and the highly rated youngster, Donyell Malen.
The Senegal vs The Netherlands Head-to-head
Senegal and the Netherlands have never played against each other before. This game will be one of the most interesting in Group A, as both teams are favourites to reach the round of 16. A slip up by either the Netherlands or Senegal in this match may damage their chances of topping the group, as their other games are against lower ranking teams, but anything can happen.
The Senegal vs The Netherlands Betting Preview
There are many different types of bets that you will find on this game. As they have never played each other before, it will not be easy to predict any outcome, but there are bets you can make that offer some insurance, if you want to play cautiously. If not, then you can also find bets on very specific details in the game, which will come at massive odds.
Double chance bets offer you the possibility of betting on the match to end in two out of the three different possible outcomes. If you are hesitant to bet on which of the two teams will win, it is a good option as you have more insurance. In this match you will be able to bet on the Netherlands to win or the game to end in a draw, Senegal to win or the game to end in a draw, or on either Senegal or the Netherlands to win.
If you want to bet on either Senegal or the Netherlands to win but the odds are too short, you can always apply handicaps. There are different types of handicaps which offer you several choices. For example, if you bet on the Netherlands to win with a handicap of -1.5, this will require them to win the game by at least 2 goals. If you apply a handicap of -1, this will mean the Netherlands needs to win by 2 goals, but if they only score 1 then the bet is made void and your stake is returned.
A handicap of -1.25 will split your bet in two and put half the stake on a -1.5 handicap and the other on a -1 handicap. If the Netherlands wins the game by 2 goals, you will receive your returns. If they only win by 1 goal, then you will cut your losses and half your stake will be returned. The bet is slightly safer than placing a full -1.5 bet, but it comes at slightly shorter odds.
These examples are of handicaps that are subtracted from a team’s score, but you can also apply handicaps that favour the team. These can be handicaps of +1, +1.25, +1.5, +1.75, and so on.
You will find a list of player bets, where you can bet on which player will score in the match. Here, you can bet on Senegal’s Sadio Mane, Bamba Dieng, Ismaila Sarr, Keita Balde, or the likes of Memphis Depay, Donyell Malen, Steven Bergwijn, in the Dutch team. You can also find more specific bets on any of those players to score the first goal of the match, and who will score the last goal of the match.
Over/Under Total Goals
With Total Goals you will be able to bet on how many goals you think Senegal and the Netherlands will score in the match. You can pick one of the numerous betting lines offered, and bet on whether there will be over or under that number of goals.
And Many More
You will find an almost endless list of bets on the game between the Senegal and the Netherlands. These can include bets on particular halves, such as which team will win the half, total goals for the half, will a team score in the half, and so on. They can also be on match specifics, such as will either team reverse the result - that is go behind and then turn the result around, will a team score in both halves, will a team keep a clean sheet, and more.
If you want to go for the longest odds, then you can check out our match combos, where we combine bets such as the Netherlands to win and score 3 goals or more, Senegal to score the first goal and the Netherlands to win, the Netherlands to win the first half and both teams to score, and variations of these bets and more.
Betting on the World Cup can be quite exhilarating, especially as the group matches are played in fast succession, but it is always important to keep track of how much you are betting. You should avoid spending more than you can afford to lose, and if you need more advice on gambling, then you can find a lot of useful information at gambleaware.co.uk