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