Qatar vs. Senegal Betting Tips: Hosts to remain goalless and winless on Friday
Friday ushers in the second wave of fixtures at this year's World Cup. Hosts Qatar and opponents Senegal both seek three points to remain in contention for knockout stage qualification when they meet at 1pm.
As always here on BettingOdds.com we've previewed the game and scoured the betting markets to provide you with a couple of recommended selections.
Those who watched the opening game may have been surprised at just how poor Qatar's showing was both on and off the pitch. It's easy to justify the half-time mass exodus given what fans were seeing from their team in the opening 45 minutes - two goals down and fortunate that it wasn't more.
In Senegal's case they thwarted favourites Netherlands for the better part of 85 minutes until Cody Gakpo broke the deadlock and Davy Klassen secured maximum points for Oranje.
Maybe pride and history should be more immediately in the minds of Qatar than knockout qualification as they could be living dangerously close to becoming the first hosts who fail to register a single point in the group stages of their tournament.
Qatar vs Senegal Tips
Sadly for any Qataris reading we aren't anticipating things to get any better in this second group fixture.
Qatar looked laboured in and out of possession last Sunday, which doesn't bode well for them when facing a team who were largely competitive against the group favourites.
The fact that they have not scored in three of their last five - including a friendly match vs Croatia's U-23s - should result in them failing to land so much as a glove on Senegal.
The hosts failed to register a single shot on target in their opener against Ecuador and it wouldn't be surprising to see a similar statistic repeated here.
Before Gakpo's goal on Monday the Lions of Teranga looked the more likely to open the scoring. Having finished the game with more shots (15-10) and shots on target (4-3) than the Dutch, Senegal will feel hard done by to have not found the net; let alone leaving empty-handed.
Even in Sadio Mane's absence Senegal are a much deadlier team than Friday's opponents and should have more than enough at their disposal to get the job done with no hiccups.
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