Senegal vs Netherlands: World Cup 2022 prediction, kick off time today, TV, live stream, team news, h2h, odds

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The Netherlands are Group A favorites but today face a Senegal side in their opener who come to the World Cup in Qatar full of confidence after a memorable year.

The Teranga Lions ended their wait for a major international trophy by winning the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, working their way to the final in impressive, if not particularly entertaining fashion.

Although not exactly one of the favourites, Aliou Cissé’s side have the tournament to make a run for, but they are heavily weakened by the absence of Sadio Mane who will miss the tournament through injury.

The Netherlands have become dark horses in the eyes of many. Having fought their way to the Nations League final, stepping away from the 4-3-3 system so closely tied to their footballing identity seems to have worked even despite the natural criticism. In simple terms, the Orange watch in a much better place than at Euro 2020.

Louis van Gaal took his country to the semi-finals in 2014 and will quit his role after the tournament after revealing he was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. What a story it would be if the former Barcelona, ​​Ajax and Manchester United manager went one step further.

Date, kick-off time and venue

The World Cup match is scheduled to kick off at 4pm GMT today, Monday 21 November 2022.

Doha’s Al Thumama Stadium will host.

Where to watch Senegal vs Netherlands

TV channel: The game will be shown on ITV1.

Direct: The ITV player will offer a live stream.

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Senegal vs Netherlands Team News

Sadio Mane has been ruled out of the entire tournament despite being included in his country’s 26-man squad, after having to undergo surgery for a calf injury he suffered while playing for Bayern Munich.

Elsewhere, Cissé’s experienced side are largely self-selecting, with few changes expected from the AFCON-winning side.

Cruel: Sadio Mane picked up the injury while playing for Bayern Munich earlier this month

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The only minor concern for the Netherlands at this stage is Jurrien Timber, although his recent knock is not considered serious. Memphis Depay is another who suffered from fitness issues and was left out of the game.

Nathan Ake will likely be paired with Timber and Virgil van Dijk in a three-man defence, with Cody Gakpo playing as a No.10 behind Vincent Janssen and Steven Bergwijn.

Senegal vs Netherlands Prediction

Neither team can afford a mistake with Ecuador overtaking Qatar in the opener, with the Netherlands in particular set to make a winning start to the campaign.

With Senegal weakened and not a hugely expansive side like they are, Van Gaal’s side should be able to pick up all three points.

Netherlands win, 2-0.

Head-to-head history and results (h2h)

The two have never played.

Senegal vs Netherlands Latest Odds

Senegal win: 5/1

Draw: 14/5

Netherlands win: 4/7


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