Qatar vs Senegal. The two teams that were defeated in Round 1 of the World Cup group stage are now looking for a revitalising win, a win that will keep the dreams of qualifying for the knockout stage alive.
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Date: 25 November 2022
Time: 13:00 (GMT)
Venue: Al Thumama Stadium (Doha)
The Qatar national team was getting ready for this World Cup for a minimum of three years. The whole plan was to create a club atmosphere, where players play together and get more familiar with each other’s style and the manager’s tactics. The opening match against Ecuador showed that the lack of quality is not easily replaceable.
The Qataris just laid down for their opponents. Defensively nothing worked and manager Felix Sanchez should think hard to find a way to turn things around. His two more talented players, attackers Akram Afif and Almoez Ali, hardly ever touched the ball, but the obvious problem was goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb’s inconsistency between the sticks. It wouldn’t be peculiar if we saw a change, with Meshaal Barsham getting the nod to start in Qatar vs Senegal. Wait for more team news before committing to bet with the best bookmaker offers.
Speaking of goalkeeper changes, it is rumoured that Senegal manager Aliou Cisse is also considering mixing things up. Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy was rather shaky in the 2-0 loss to the Netherlands and Queens Park Rangers’ Sany Dieng trained with the starters in some of the latest practice sessions.
Senegal was actually pretty decent in the game against the Dutch. What they missed was someone to finish off the chances the midfielders created. Sadio Mane’s absence was obviously felt, but so was Andries Noppert’s amazing outing. The Heerenveen goalkeeper had a dreamy debut with the national team and showed why Louis van Gaal game with the starting spot ahead of Remko Pasveer.
The good news ahead of this Qatar vs Senegal match is that Abdou Diallo is fit to play, despite leaving the game with the Netherlands with muscle cramps. Cheikhou Kouyate is not as lucky. The Nottingham Forest midfielder picked up a muscle stretch and will miss his team’s second fixture in the World Cup.
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Qatar (5-3-2): Barsham; Ro-Ro, Khoukhi, Salman, A Hassan, Ahmed; Al Haydos, Boudiaf, Hatem; Ali, Afif
Senegal (4-2-3-1): Dieng; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Cisse, Diallo; I. Gueye, N Mendy; Ndiaye, I. Sarr, Diatta; Dia
Qatar was (along with Costa Rica) the weakest team in Round 1 of the Group Stage. As long as Senegal manages to be more effective in the front end, then the Africans should have a rather easy task against the tournament hosts.
Qatar vs Senegal Pick: Senegal to win @1.60
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