Qatar vs Senegal: Predictions, tips & betting odds

Qatar vs Senegal
World Cup
The African side look in much better shape than the tournament hosts heading into this vital match
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Qatar and Senegal are out to keep their World Cup dreams alive when they go head-to-head on Friday.

Both teams suffered defeats in their opening games of the competition, with Qatar going 2-0 down to Ecuador before Senegal were bested by the same scoreline against Netherlands.

Qatar vs Senegal latest odds

Tournament hosts Qatar are big underdogs to get a victory in this game, priced at 5/1 (6.00) with bet365.

African giants Senegal are the favourites for the three points at 8/13 (1.62) while a draw can be backed at 11/4 (3.75).

Qatar vs Senegal first goal scorer odds

Senegal star Boulaye Dia has done well on loan at Salernitana, scoring six Serie A goals in 14 matches, and is the favourite to open the scoring at 9/2 (5.50).

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Team-mate Famara Diedhiou has scored 10 goals in just 25 matches for Senegal and is offered at 5/1 (6.00) the same price as Ismaila Sarr.

Qatar's Almoez Ali is the hosts' lowest-priced player to break the deadlock at 10/1 (11.00) while co-star Akram Afif is 11/1 (12.00).

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Qatar vs Senegal preview

Neither of these teams can afford a slip up in this game after losing their opening matches of the tournament.

A draw between Ecuador and Netherlands would leave the winning team between Qatar and Senegal basically out of the tournament.

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Senegal are certainly the stronger looking team after the first round of fixtures. They made life difficult for Netherlands until towards the end of their 2-0 defeat, but they saw Abdou Diallo and Cheikhou Kouyate go off injured in that game and could miss them on Friday.

Qatar, meanwhile, were well-beaten by Ecuador in the tournament's first match and it could have been much worse, so they could make a few changes in the hope that they can put Senegal under pressure in this game.

Qatar vs Senegal tips and predictions

Qatar gave little indication that they are up to the challenge in this competition from their first game, so expect Senegal to get the win in this game. At odds of 8/13 (1.62) it is worth backing them to win, but a more adventurous bet would be backing them to win and against both teams to score at 11/8 (2.38).

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.