Senegal vs Netherlands: World Cup 2022 Prediction, kick-off time, team news, H2H, odds

It would a World Cup without the African king and the Ballon d’Or runner-up Sadio Mane who, unfortunately, has been ruled out of the tournament following an operation on a leg injury.

However, Senegal will ride on hope and aim to go past the big miss, possibly even surpassing their best-ever finish at the tournament. But to do that would mean they will first, ensure they start on a good note on day 2.


The Al Thumama Stadium in Doha will on Monday, host what will go down to be the first-ever meeting between the Teranga Lions and the 2010 FIFA World Cup runners-up.

The last three times the Dutch played African oppositions – Ghana, Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire, they scored a total of eight goals winning all three games. They come into this tournament on the back of three consecutive EURO Nations League wins over fellow competing Belgium, Poland and Wales.

For Senegal, it will be the first time that they have featured in consecutive World Cups, with this one coming on the back of a strong year that saw them win the AFCON.

Their last match against a European team came in 2018 when they defeated Poland 2-1 in their group opener at the last World Cup in Russia.

Senegal Match Form: D – W – W – W – W

Netherlands Match Form: W – W – W – D – W

Players To Watch

With Mane ruled out of the tournament, it is no doubt that eyes would tilt towards Watford’s Ismaila Sarr to lead the Teranga Lions in the attack. Despite missing the opening four matches of the AFCON through injury, Sarr proved how much of an instant impact he could be, scoring on his return to seal a semifinals spot for the West African nation, before assisting another in the semifinals.

At the back, Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy would be heavily relied upon to provide the clean sheet while the attack play their part. The goalkeeper was named the best in the world by FIFA in January 2022, following a stellar year that saw him help his club to multiple accolades. Something he replicated for his country as they won their first AFCON a month later.

While Memphis Depay remains a doubt for Oranje, PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo could stead in his stead, and possibly go on to be one of the breakout stars at this tournament. The 23-year-old already has an impressive 13 club goals this season and has contributed to goals – 2 goals and 1 assist – in three of his five international appearances in 2022.

Growing through the ranks is Xavi Simmons who is making his World Cup debut at the age of 19. The uncapped midfielder made a strong impression by leaving Paris Saint-Germain for PSV Eindhoven this summer and has been instrumental for the Dutch club, scoring eight goals and assisting four in 14 league matches. It remains to be seen if Louis Van Gaal will pull up another surprise by granting him game time against the Senegalese.

The Coaches

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse on maintaining their identity: “We’ve always won our first game. We will play to win without Sadio Mane. We are who we are and we will stick to our identity. We will not reinvent a new Senegal.”

Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal on the quality of his team: “In 2014, we finished 3rd with a lower quality team than the current team. I think we can win the World Cup.”

Match Odds

The Netherlands conceded at least a goal in four of their last six games but went on to win in five of them. Senegal on their part, have scored a least a goal in their last five matches. Expect both teams to score a goal – odds for BTTS at 2.23. For a safer bet, the over 1.5 goals option stands at 1.37 odds.