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Senegal vs. Netherlands Prediction, Tips & Odds – Nov. 21, 2022 11:00 CET
The first match at this year’s World Cup will be played between Senegal and Netherlands.
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In 2002, Senegal was a real sensation. For the first time in history, they qualified for the World Cup and then they made an excellent result there. In the group stage, they defeated title holders France and advanced in next stage. Then, they eliminated Sweden in the round of 16, before losing against Turkey in the quarterfinals.
After an extraordinary result in 2002, they didn’t continue at same level. A new boom started with the arrival of Aliou Cisse as new head coach in 2015. Under his leadership, Senegal qualified for the 2018 World Cup, and last year they won the African Cup of Nations for the first time. In the final match, they were better than Egypt, plus they defeated the same opponent in the play-offs for the World Cup.
Senegal biggest star is undoubtedly Sadio Mane. Entire national team is built around him, although they have several good players. The general of defense is captain Kalidou Koulibaly, while midfield is held by Idrissa Gueye and Cheikhou Kouyate.
Netherlands is a team that had the least luck at World Cups. They played in the final three times and never lifted a trophy. After they played in the semifinals in 2014, a disastrous period followed. They missed European Championship in 2016 and World Cup in 2018, while at Euro last year they were eliminated by Czech Republic in the round of 16.
After a poor result in Euro last year, Louis van Gaal came back from retirement. He became Netherlands coach for the third time with the desire to go all the way in Qatar. They did a very good job in the qualifications and they were lucky on draw. They are in the World Cup weakest group and are expected to be first. If England finish first in Group B, Netherlands could have an open way to the quarterfinals. From there, anything is possible.
Current period is one of the worst in terms of quality for Netherlands. Apart from Virgil van Dijk, they don’t have a single world-class player. Frenkie de Jong didn’t prove expectations in Barcelona, while Memphis Depay isn’t even among top 20 strikers today. Ryan Gravenberch could be the next big thing, but he has yet to prove himself.
Senegal and Netherlands never played against each other in the past.
Senegal vs. Netherlands Prediction
Under Van Gaal, Netherlands plays offensively and certainly they won’t calculate. Regardless of the fact that this will be the first match of the World Cup, it could be one of the most interesting in first round. Senegal is good enough to put up a strong resistance and both teams should score at least one goal.
Date and Time: 21.11.2022 11:00 CET
Picks: Both Teams to Score – YES