Senegal Vs Equatorial Guinea | AFCON Quarter Finals: Match Preview & Betting Predictions
Senegal will face Equatorial Guinea in the final round of quarterfinal matches at the Stade Omnisport de Douala today.
Many observers expected the Teranga Lions to dominate all opposition at AFCON 2021 because they had the most talented team on paper, but the results have been rather mundane. Senegal had a disappointing group stage, winning only one game and drawing the other two to finish second in Group B with 5 points.
Equatorial Guinea had a better group stage, finishing with 6 points in Group E, one point behind group winners Cote D’Ivoire.
Senegal vs Equatorial Guinea Head-to-Head Record
The head-to-head record of this particular fixture favours Senegal, who have won two games to Equatorial Guinea’s one in their three meetings.
While Senegal have failed to light up AFCON 2021 in attack, they have been sterling in defence. Over four matches so far, they’ve scored just three goals but have not conceded any goal.
Equatorial Guinea have similar statistics. In four games, they have also scored three goals and conceded just one goal (excluding penalty shoot-outs).
Senegal vs Equatorial Guinea Team News
Senegal’s talisman, Sadio Mane, was injured in their last game by a reckless challenge from Cape Verde goalkeeper, Vozinha, and had to be taken off minutes later to be treated for a concussion.
Despite that, he’s expected to start this game, a controversial decision with many in the football world. Versatile midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté will also be available for selection after serving his one-match suspension.
The Equatorial Guinea squad is fully fit and, barring any last-minute hiccups, will field Head Coach Juan Micha’s preferred starting XI.
Senegal vs Equatorial Guinea Prediction
Equatorial Guinea have been a decent side at the tournament and are currently in the quarterfinals because they deserve to be there and as such, will not be pushovers.
However, Senegal still has a huge talent disparity over them, boasting three genuine world class players in Mendy, Mane and Koulibaly. Expect that to make a difference.
Our prediction: Senegal does not ignite… yet, but they still win this game 2-0.
Senegal win: 1.60
Equatorial Guinea win: 7.5