This is going to be a tough showdown in the final four for both of these. The pressure is one big-time now with a place in the final at stake. Both of these had tight fixtures in the last round, both of them only got through by a one-goal margin win. Who will find that winning touch? Read our Senegal v Tunisia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 12th, 2019 at 7.30 p.m.)
Senegal were second-placed finishers in the group stage to Algeria. Their only loss in the group happened against the Algerians in the battle for top spot. That put them through to a round of sixteen tie against Uganda. They dug out a narrow 1-0 success thanks to one of their star players, Sadio Mane coming up with the only goal of the game. Then it was their fixture against Benin when another of their players from the English Premier League, Everton’s Idrissa Gueye delivered the only goal of the game.
So that is back to back 1-0 wins for them in the competition now. So while it has been fine margins for them, they have been digging out their rewards. Having those extra touches of quality makes a huge difference. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is their top scorer with three goals in the tournament. It has been some fine form that the Lions of Teranga have put together since October last year. They have won 10 of their last 11 games now. During that extended streak of form, they have picked up a whopping nine clean sheets. It has been just one conceded in their five tournament fixtures.
The last meeting was at Afcon 2017 when Senegal won 2-0
Both teams have scored in one of the last seven meetings
Just one of the last seven meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Senegal have won only one of the last eleven against Tunisia
The Eagles of Carthage had a much more comfortable time of things in their quarter-final tie. They were up against minnows Madagascar, who were the big underdog story of the entire competition. Tunisia romped to a 3-0 win. That was actually their first win of the tournament. They had drawn all three of their group stages games. Then in their round of sixteen tie, they had played out a 1-1 draw with Ghana after Tunisia had conceded in the 92nd minute of the fixture. The Tunisians collected the penalty shoot out win 5-4.
Tunisia are now currently on an eight-match undefeated streak of form (W4 D4). During that spell, they have taken the three clean sheets only, but two of those have come inside their last three games. This is the first time that they have been past the quarter-finals since their successful 2004 campaign. Their top scorer in this tournament with two goals is Youssef Msakni. It has been a strange campaign from them given the amount of draws that they have put up. Will that big quarter-final get them to a better place?
Senegal have some game-changers in their ranks. None better than Sadio Mane and in what is expected to be a tight and tense game that is likely to make a big difference. It will probably be low scoring but Senegal to win by a one-goal margin looks a pretty decent fit.
13th July 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Benin managed to extend their stay at the Africa Cup of Nations with a penalty shoot-out success over Morocco in the last round. That sets them up with another tough task as they go up against Senegal. The Senegalese snaked past Uganda in their round of sixteen tie and they are strong favourites to progress further. Read our Senegal v Benin betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 8th, 2019 at 8:47 p.m.)
An early goal from Liverpool’s Sadio Mane in their round of sixteen tie against Uganda saw Senegal move through to the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations. Senegal are now the front runners for the title. In the group stage, they could only manage a second place finish behind Algeria, losing their big showdown against the Algerians. They were strong favourites to beat Uganda, but it was a tough game that they had in breaking them down at the end of the day.
Sadio Mane is the joint top scorer in the competition with three goals now and he is 6/5 in the anytime goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 8th, 2019 at 8:47 p.m.). Senegal have won six of their seven games played this year (L1). Looking back at their extended form they are W9 L1 in their last ten games. The only loss in that sequence was their group stage game against Algeria. Senegal have taken a total of eight clean sheets in their last ten. They have three in four games at the Cup of Nations. Senegal’s best-ever finish at the Cup of Nations was runners up in 2002.
In the head to head, Senegal are W3 D1 L0
The most recent meeting was a 2017 friendly which Senegal won 4-0
Two of the four previous meetings have been competitive
Senegal are W1 D1 from those two previous competitive fixtures
Benin were heavy underdogs for their round of sixteen tie against Morocco. But they dug in there, actually taking the lead in the fixture. They couldn’t close it out those and the tie ended up going to a shootout which Benin won 4-1. Benin only got out of the group stage as one of the best third-placed teams having finished behind both Ghana and Cameroon in Group F. Benin drew all three of their group stage games, so there has been a theme of them being hard to beat.
Benin are now on a seven-match undefeated streak of form, having drawn each of their last four. So will they be able to come up with a winning touch in this one? Or will they be happy enough to grind it out and take their chances on a penalty shoot-out? Benin were on a six-match scoring streak of form before having come up with just the one goal in their last three games. They have banked three clean sheets in their last six fixtures. Mickale Pote is still their top scorer in the tournament with two goals, which were scored in their opening 2-2 draw against Ghana.
Senegal has the touch of quality about them that should see them get through this fixture. Benin are proving to be a tough side to break down and they deserve some credit because they have been up against strong teams all through this tournament. But the end of the road for them may be here. Senegal to win to nil.
9th July 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
This is a round of sixteen tie between two group runners up. Uganda took second place behind host nation Egypt during their group stage campaign. For Senegal, it was second place behind Algeria. So which of them will make the most of this opportunity to move ahead? The winner faces either Morocco or Benin in the next round. Read our Uganda v Senegal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 3rd, 2019 at 4:59 p.m.)
It was second place then for Uganda in the group stage after posting a W1 D1 L1 record. They opened with a 2-0 win over DR Congo before adding to that with a point against Zimbabwe. Then in their final game, they did suffer a loss against Uganda but their four points from the other two games was good enough for them to lock down second place. The positive for them is that they do at least avoid a group winner in the round of sixteen. Will they be able to capitalize despite being underdogs?
Their loss against Egypt in the final group stage game snapped a six-match undefeated streak of form that they were on (W2 D4). It was only their second defeat in their last thirteen games played now. So they are a tough side to beat taking a W5 D6 L2 record in that sequence of games. They have been tight at the back recently. In those thirteen games, they collected a total of eight clean sheets. They will need that defence to be as tight as it can be in this one against Senegal.
The last meeting was a 0-0 draw in a 2017 friendly
Senegal are W2 D3 L0 in five previous games against Uganda
Two of the last three meetings have been drawn
Just one of the five previous meetings went over 2.5 goals
Senegal couldn’t do enough in the group stage to get the better of Algeria for top spot. They opened with a 2-0 win over Tanzania but then lost that big clash with the Algerians 1-0. With a comfortable win over Kenya in their final match, it secured second place and progress. That, of course, will have been the main goal. Senegal made the quarterfinals two years ago where they bowed out. They are still on the hunt for their first ever AFCON title.
They are a team in form with eight wins in their last nine games now. Each of their last three wins have all been with a clean sheet as well. In total Senegal have earned six clean sheets in their last eight games. So they are holding clear favouritism heading into this fixture, there’s no two ways about that. Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is their top scorer for the tournament so far with two goals.
Senegal are favourites here and they should have the extra touch of quality about them to find their way through. This may not be a high scoring fixture but the more likely of the two to come up with a winner is Senegal, who can win to nil.
4th July 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
These two are both sat on three points in Group C and so it is going to be a big showdown in the race for second place at the end of the day behind Algeria. So the tension is going to be high here because a loss and someone could be going home. A draw would give both a shot at getting to the next round. It’s all tense. Read our Kenya v Senegal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 30th, 2019 at 8:09 p.m.)
Kenya’s campaign opened with a 2-0 reverse against Algeria, both goals have been conceded in the first half of the game. They then fought back from 2-1 down against Tanzania in their second game to pick up three points from a 3-2 success. So that leaves them with a shot at automatic qualification. They will need to win this game to move ahead of Senegal, a draw wouldn’t be enough to pull that off. Michael Olunga has scored two of their three goals at the tournament so far.
Kenya’s current form has been up and down and all over the place. They have actually only lost two of their last nine played, failing to score in both of those defeats. Trey are W5 D2 L2 in their last nine but are W2 D1 L2 in their last five. Just two of their last ten games have made it over the 2.5 goal line. Given the situation of things in this group, this may not turn out to be a high-scoring affair either. The Kenyans have conceded exactly two goals in both of their last two games played. Both teams have scored in just two for their last twelve games.
Senegal won both previous meetings between the two nations
They were both 3-0 successes in previous AFCON tournaments
The first was in 1992 and the most recent in 2004
The Senegalese have to play out a point in this one to secure a top-two finish in Group C. They banked a 2-0 opening win over Tanzania to get off to a flying start. But they could not then deliver a result against Algeria, losing 1-0 against the group leaders. So that does leave them with a bit of pressure but they are favourites to win this game. They are certainly carrying some strong enough for which suggests that they can complete the job.
Senegal were on a seven-match winning streak before their loss against Algeria in their second group stage game. That is their only defeat in their last nine games played, so certainly have form behind them. Senegal have conceded in just two of their last eight fixtures, so Kenya are likely to have a hard time breaking them down. Senegal have scored exactly two goals in three of their last four wins.
Senegal are the better of the two sides and it is hard to see them slipping up in this one. They are not going to find Kenya as tough going as Algeria were. Senegal to win to nil looks a pretty decent proposition to roll with.
30th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Kenya are sat in third place in Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations and therefore have some work to do. They have to come out and take a win in this fixture to muscle their way into the automatic qualification spots. Senegal are second and need just a point, therefore, to lock down second place. This is going to be a tense one. Read our Kenya v Senegal betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 28th, 2019 10:29 p.m.)
Kenya were up against it right from the off as they suffered a 2-0 opening defeat against Algeria. They then had a tense duel against Tanzania in their second match, netting an 80th-minute winner to take a 3-2 win. So that leaves them in needing to beat Senegal to jump above them into the top two. If this finishes as a draw, Kenya will finish third and then it will be a wait to see if they qualify as one of the best third-placed teams.
The form of Kenya has been a little patchy this year. They are W2 D1 L2 in their five games now in the 2019 calendar year. They have scored in four of their last six, but they haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their five games in 2019. Kenya have never been past the first round of the Africa Cup of Nations before. So they are on the brink of creating a nice bit of history for themselves.
Senegal have won both previous meetings with Kenya
Those were both 3-0 wins in previous AFCON tournaments
The first was in 1992 and then in a 2004 meeting
Senegal are one of the favourites to win the tournament outright and they are guaranteed to at least finish third in this group. To automatically qualify they will need a point in this one. They start three points behind leaders Algeria who are unlikely to be caught. So it’s all about Senegal avoiding defeat in this one. Senegal took a 2-0 win over Tanzania in their opening group stage match. But then came their setback as they lost against Algeria.
That basically is the result which has left them with a little bit of work to do. Senegal are in much better form than Kenya are. They were on a big seven-match winning streak before that loss against Algeria. During that seven-match winning streak (five of them in AFCON 2019 qualification) Senegal conceded just one goal. So it’s little surprise that they are going out in his one as the favourite in the match outright.
We don’t see Senegal getting tripped up in this one. That result against Algeria was a blip in their current form. They should be able to get back to their winning ways in this one, as Kenya aren’t a major threat in front of goal. Senegal to win to nil.
29th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting