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Senegal vs Qatar prediction, team news, lineups

Senegal vs Qatar prediction, team news, lineups

Qatar will desperately try to get their World Cup campaign on track as the hosts meet Senegal today.

Aliou Cisse’s side were also beaten in their opening Group A fixture, battling hard until deep in their encounter against the Netherlands before conceding twice late on.

On the evidence of that game, Cisse’s team will be tough to break down throughout the tournament but the manager could seek more creativity from his side, particularly with Sadio Mane ruled out of the World Cup.

World Cup hosts Qatar face Senegal in a crucial Group A match at the Al Thumama Stadium on Friday.
Both nations are playing catch-up following opening day defeats at the finals.

Qatar let themselves down massively in their clash with Ecuador on Sunday which kicked off the tournament, falling to a 2-0 loss to the South American side.

Getting thoroughly outplayed by CONMEBOL’s weakest qualified side gave a true indication of their stature on the global stage, but luckily for them, they still have time to prove people’s perceptions wrong.

However, the facts will say that Qatar are the first host nation in World Cup history to lose their opening fixture.

Not only that, the Maroons are also the first hosts not to have shot on target in a match at the finals since the USA failed to do so in their last 16 defeat to Brazil in 1994.

Manager Felix Sanchez claimed his side were “nervous”, and their performance did represent the look of a side who froze on the big occasion.

The fact that they were seemingly incapable of doing the basics such as passing and pressing suggests it was some sort of mentality issue, because this was a side that won the Asian Cup in 2019.

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They were top scorers in that competition and repeated the feat at the 2021 Gold Cup which they were invited to take part in, but attacking duo Almoez Ali and Akram Afif were bystanders in the game with Ecuador.

Another poor defeat here will only enhance the arguments against them being hosts in a footballing sense, as they have yet to show themselves as worthy of competing at this level.

Meanwhile, while suffering the same fate as the hosts, Senegal had a lot to be impressed with in their performance against the Netherlands on Monday.

Qatar possible starting lineup:
Barsham; Pedro Miguel, Khoukhi, Salman, A Hassan, Ahmed; Al Haydos, Boudiaf, Hatem; Ali, Afif

Senegal possible starting lineup:
Dieng; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Cisse, Diallo; I Gueye, N Mendy; Ndiaye, I Sarr, Diatta, Dia