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Senegal vs Netherlands Match Preview

20 Nov 2022 07:04    

The match

The Netherlands will mark their return to the FIFA World Cup with a game against Senegal in Group A of the 2022 edition. This game will be staged at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha on Monday. The Netherlands were one of the few nations coming to this competition without having played a warm up game. The last time they played a game was in September, when they beat Belgium 1-0 to top their group of the UEFA Nations League. The last time the Dutch tasted defeat was in the Euro 2020 competition, when they were beaten by Czech Republic. That defeat saw the sacking of Frank de Boer and Louis van Gaal was appointed for yet another stint. The new coach has led the team to a 15-game unbeaten run and he will be hoping for the same in the World Cup. The last time the Dutch played at a World Cup was in 2014 and van Gaal was the manager then. His team has three straight wins coming into this game and in four of the last five, they’ve scored two or more goals. They could be without Memphis Depay for this game as he continues recovering from a hamstring injury. Denzel Dumfries is also a doubt here but they’ve both declared they are ready for the competition.

Senegal’s preparations have been overshadowed by Sadio Mane missing the 2022 World Cup but as professionals they should be able to cope even in the absence of key players. They are coming from a 1-1 draw with Iran in their only friendly game ahead of this competition. Senegal haven’t been the strongest in attack in their recent matches, scoring more than a goal in only two of the last five matches. This has been caused by their focus on defence and their defensive solidity. Before the 1-1 draw with Iran they had beaten Bolivia 2-0, for their third clean sheet in the last five matches. Their defensive display has been crucial in competition settings; in the race for the African title, they kept clean sheets in five of their seven matches with most of the games returning under 2.5 goals. There have been two or fewer goals scored in five of their last six matches after the African Cup of Nations. With Mane missing, Senegal will be more inclined towards defensive approach.

Key Statistics

Netherlands have scored two or more goals in four of five matches.

Netherlands have scored first in four of their last five matches

Senegal have scored more than a goal in two of their last five matches.

Netherlands have kept clean sheets in their last two matches.

The bet of our experts

Senegal come into this game as the underdogs based on recent form and they aren’t the best to bank on in attack; in the three goals they've scored in the last two games, one has been an own goal and another a penalty goal. Here they face a Dutch side that has registered a lot of improvement under Louis van Gaal, and looking to bounce back after missing the 2018 World Cup. Notably, they managed clean sheets against Poland and Belgium right ahead of this game, while they have been scoring with great consistency and they also have the superiority when it comes to strength and depth. This will be a tight game but Netherlands should have enough to collect three points from it.

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