FIFA World Cup: Senegal vs Netherlands Odds
Key Attackers Potentially Out for Both Teams
⚽Senegal vs Netherlands: Game Recap⚽
Results: Senegal 0-2 Netherlands
After missing out on the 2018 World Cup, the Netherlands opened up their return with a win! Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen came to Netherlands’ rescue late as they beat Senegal 2-0 in this hard-fought Group A match. Both sides went into the match reasonably even on paper and betting odds.
The Netherlands started the match hot and controlled most of the first half, with Senegal having a few chances themselves. However, it was only in the second half that things started to get cooking for both teams.
Gakpo made a perfectly-timed run to head home a beautifully-weighted cross from Frenkie de Jong before Klaassen tapped home to seal the win deep into injury time. The Dutch are now undefeated in 16 matches under coach Louis van Gaal. They also stretched an unbeaten record in their opening game at World Cups that dates back to 1938.
The African champions were badly missing injured talisman Sadio Mane. They did not manage a single shot on target until the 65th minute when Boulaye Dia tried to sneak one past the goalkeeper from a tight angle. Senegal had more possession in the second half but could not find the back of the net despite the relentless drumming from their small fan group in the stands.
The betting odds priced Senegal at +500 odds to win the match. The Lions of Teranga had won their previous World Cup openers as underdogs. Meanwhile, the Netherlands went in at -165 odds to win, bringing a three-game winning streak into the match. Meanwhile, a draw showed +290 odds.
One of the Group Stage’s Standout Matches
Monday brings one of the best matches of the FIFA World Cup Group Stage as Senegal take on the Netherlands. Senegal, the reigning AFCON champs, will hope star man Sadio Mane is back in time from an injury. Meanwhile, the Netherlands are on an impressive unbeaten run and would love to keep the momentum going. Both soccer teams are strong knockout stage candidates and this should be a very entertaining match as a result. Let’s take a look at the Senegal vs Netherlands odds and preview the match.
Senegal vs Netherlands
Date, time (TV):
Location: Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, Qatar
Streaming: FOX, Telemundo
Team Standings and Odds:
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This will be the first-ever match between Senegal and the Netherlands. Netherlands have been mainstays at the World Cup but this is just Senegal’s third appearance.
Mane Questionable for Senegal
- Upcoming Matches: Nov. 25 vs. Qatar, Nov 29 vs. Ecuador
For the first time in their history, Senegal have qualified for back-to-back World Cups. The Lions of Teranga head into Qatar as the reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions. They defeated Egypt in the final on penalties back in February.
Then, they also defeated Egypt in penalties in March to qualify for the World Cup. In a group with the Netherlands, Ecuador and Qatar, Senegal could be a popular FIFA betting pick to advance to the knockout stage.
A lot rests on Sadio Mane’s shoulders, though, and Senegal’s star forward is nursing an injury. The Bayern Munich and former Liverpool man came off early in last Tuesday’s match vs. Werder Bremen with a tendon injury. He’s trying his best to recover in time for the World Cup.
If Mane isn’t available, Boulaye Dia and Ismaila Sarr will be expected to provide the goals. Dia has been in excellent form for Serie A’s Salernitana and ranks sixth in the league, with six goals.
Senegal’s defense is also quite solid. The Lions of Teranga conceded just two goals in seven matches at the Africa Cup of Nations. They’re led by Chelsea center back Kalidou Koulibaly and expect Youssouf Sabaly, Fode Ballo-Toure and Abdou Diallo to round out the back four. In midfield, Idrissa Gueye, Nampalys Mendy and Cheikhou Kouyate have a lot of experience.
Depay Out for Netherlands’ Opener
- Upcoming Matches: Nov. 25 vs. Ecuador, Nov. 29 vs. Qatar
Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands are on a 15-game unbeaten run heading into the World Cup. They’ve been inconsistent over the last few years but are peaking at exactly the right time. The Netherlands recently won their UEFA Nations League A group and defeated Belgium twice in the process.
The Oranje missed out on the 2014 World Cup but are also three-time finalists. They’re priced at +1200 odds to be the World Cup Winner and just six teams have shorter odds.
There aren’t too many surprises in Van Gaal’s side and the defense projects to be incredibly solid. Virgil van Dijk is the defensive lynchpin but it’s conceivable that Matthijs de Ligt and Stefan de Vrij are confined to the bench with how deep the defender pool is.
Further up the pitch, this could be a chance for PSV’s Cody Gakpo to shine on soccer’s biggest stage. The versatile attacker is one of Europe’s top talents and has three goals in nine previous caps.
Memphis Depay will be relied upon heavily once he’s fit but he’s expected to miss this match. That’s a big blow for the Netherlands as he’s their active leading scorer, with 42 goals in 81 caps.
Expect to see either Vincent Janssen, Wout Weghorst or Luuk de Jong take his place. Right back Denzel Dumfries is questionable for Monday’s match as well. Regardless, the Senegal vs Netherlands odds price the Netherlands as favorites.
Match Analysis and Odds:
In the first-ever match between Senegal and the Netherlands, the Netherlands are one-goal favorites. They’re priced at +110 odds to cover the spread, while Aliou Cisse’s Senegal sit at -130 odds ATS. Senegal haven’t lost by two or more goals for over two years but this will be a difficult match, especially if Sadio Mane can’t suit up.
The Senegal vs Netherlands odds price Senegal at +500 odds to win the match. The Lions of Teranga have won both of their previous World Cup openers as underdogs. In 2018, they defeated Poland 2-1 in the opener but failed to reach the knockout stage.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands come in at -165 odds to win and they take a three-game winning streak into the match. In the last year alone they’ve defeated Norway, Denmark, Wales, Belgium and Poland. Meanwhile, a draw shows +290 odds.
This is a match that could be won and lost in midfield areas. With players like Frenkie de Jong, Steven Berghuis, Marten de Roon and Steven Berghuis, the Netherlands have a strong midfield.
it’s no surprise that under 2½ goals shows -130 odds. The over sits at +110 odds and it’s worth noting that the Netherlands have scored in their last 15 matches.
Senegal’s midfield are typically good at winning possession of the ball back but don’t expect them to dominate possession in this one. With Depay out for the Oranje and Mane questionable for Senegal, it’s no surprise that under 2½ goals shows -130 odds. The over sits at +110 odds and it’s worth noting that the Netherlands have scored in their last 15 matches.