The 2022 World Cup is just around the corner and the Netherlands are already in action on the second matchday. Louis van Gaal’s team will take on Senegal in the first group match. A good start is half the battle, so the Netherlands will be pulling out all the stops to get a good result. In this preview, we look ahead to the Netherlands – Senegal match. We give you our prediction with a betting tip and the corresponding odds. We also look at the odds at the bookmakers to see who is favourite.
Netherlands World Cup 2022 – Latest Team News and Statistics
Orange are the favourites in Group A of the World Cup. With Senegal, Ecuador and Qatar as opponents, the Dutch team should at least be able to reach the knockout stage. Orange is still unbeaten under Louis van Gaal in his last spell. The team therefore travels to Qatar with confidence.
In the last game the Netherlands won 1-0 against Belgium. That victory saw the Netherlands qualify for the final round of the competition. Van Gaal’s team finished above Belgium, Poland and Wales in Group 4 of League A. Those final matches will not be played until after the World Cup.
Van Gaal must immediately do some puzzling in his line-up. For instance, he said earlier that Memphis will not start. Vincent Janssen will play in his place the coach told. The first goalkeeper has not yet been appointed and it is also not yet known who will be in midfield alongside Frenkie de Jong and Cody Gakpo. What is a certainty, however, is that Van Gaal will play with five defenders, two of whom are very tall. In addition, Oranje will play in a system with two strikers.
Senegal World Cup 2022 – Latest Team News and Statistics
Senegal played the last match on their way to the World Cup in a draw. In a friendly game with Iran, it finished 1-1. Still, Senegal is a country to be reckoned with. Bookmakers see the country as the second strongest country in the group, as mentioned above.
Senegal is also the reigning African champion, as Senegal won the last edition of the Africa Cup. In the final, Sadio Mané and his teammates beat Mohammed Salah’s Egypt. A penalty shootout series was ultimately the deciding factor. Senegal qualified for the World Cup by dealing with Togo, Namibia and Congo-Brazzaville in the qualification series.
Mané is Senegal’s go-to man and his absence is a big dent in the quality of the team. Indeed, the Senegalese striker suffered a calf injury at his club Bayern Munich shortly before the tournament. For a while, there was still hope that he could feature during the tournament, but the star player is definitely not there.
Netherlands – Senegal Previous encounters
The Netherlands and Senegal have so far never met in action against each other. So at the World Cup, the countries will measure their strengths for the first time. Looking at the odds in the group, bookmakers see the Netherlands as the strongest country in Group A and Senegal should have the best team after Oranje.
Netherlands – Senegal, World Cup 2022:0 Betting Tip & Odds
The Netherlands are the clear favourites in Group A and that is also true in this game. On paper, Van Gaal’s team gets right up against the toughest opponent in the pool first. Senegal’s quality depends a lot on the presence of Mané. The striker is not present, so that is a big setback for the opponent of Orange. We expect Orange to start this World Cup well and our prediction is therefore: the Netherlands will win and score more than 1.5 goals. This betting tip yields a odds of 21/20.
Betting Tip: Netherlands win and score more than 1.5 goals
Quote: 21/20 at bookmaker Bet365
Risk rating: Medium
Recommended stake: 5/10