Senegal vs Benin|AFCON Qualification Preview and Betting Prediction 

Reigning champions, Senegal, will host Benin at the Diamniadio Olympic Stadium on Saturday to start off their AFCON title defense.  

The game is an obvious mismatch. Senegal is the best team in African football at the moment, with most of its players playing for some of the biggest football clubs around. Benin, on the other hand, has not had an internationally recognized player since Emmanuel Adebayor retired. 

Even the most casual observer expects Senegal to win this one easily but in football, anything can happen.  

Read below for our match preview! 

 

Senegal vs Benin H2H  

The two teams have faced each other three times already. Senegal has won the three games, scoring five goals and conceding just twice in that period.  

Form guide 

The Teranga Lions have won three games, lost one and drawn one of their last five games (W-L-D-W-W) while The Squirrels of Benin have won two of their last five games, lost two and drawn one game. (L-W-L-W-D)  

 

Senegal vs Benin Team News 

Bouna Sarr (Knee injury) and Ismaila Sarr (training ground knock) are both injured and are expected to miss the game.  

Expected Senegal starting XI: Édouard Mendy. Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo, Saliou Ciss. Nampalys Mendy, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Idrissa Gueye. Boulaye Dia, Demba Seck, Sadio Mané. 

Benin Head Coach, Michel Dussuyer will be a pleased man; the Benin squad currently has no injured players. 

Expected Benin Starting XI: Saturnin Allagbe. Olivier Verdon, Khaled Adénon, Yohan Roche. Melvyn Doremus, Mattéo Ahlinvi, Tidjani Anaane, David Kiki. Tosin Aiyegun, Steve Mounie, Mickael Pote. 

 

Key facts 

Senegal is the 20th best international team according to the FIFA rankings. The Teranga Lions are 20th on the log while the Squirrels of Benin are 64 places below in 84th place.  
Senegal has averaged 57.33 possesion over their last three games. Benin games have not been tracked enough to compare these stats. 
Senegal has also averaged 5.67 corners per game over the last three games and 2.67 yellow cards per game over that period.  

 

Senegal vs Benin prediction 

We’re going with the experts here and picking: 

Senegal to win @ 1.37 
Over 1.5 goals @ 1.38 
Senegal HT/FT win @ 2.03 

 

*DISCLAIMER: Odds are subject to change 

 

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Author: Clayton Kuhn