The first game of the 2022 World Cup takes place at the Al Thumama Stadium, which hosts the opening Group A fixture between Senegal vs Netherlands. So, our first prediction in our series of World Cup 2022 prediction is our Senegal vs Netherlands prediction. Traditionally, the host of the cup would be the ones to open the ceremony, but alterations were made so the hosts, Qatar, would have the TV slot when most of the country’s people will have finished work.
In this World Cup 2022 prediction, we will be looking at the team’s history with the tournament, highlighting the top players or each team that can affect how you might wish to place your World Cup bets, and we also give our Senegal vs Netherlands prediction, telling you who we believe will win. When it comes to online sports betting, Betiton™ has you covered 100% with hundreds of betting markets and live in-play betting odds. Enjoy your experience of the FIFA tournament with us.
Known as the Lions of Teranga, Senegal should not be underestimated when it comes to Group A. There most recent accomplishment was to lift the African Cup of Nations trophy in 2021. They have in their squad a dangerous front line and are perhaps the dark horse of the group that could cause a lot of upset.
World Cup History
When you see the fixture of Senegal versus the Netherlands, many football predictions would be in favour of the Dutch team, just because of their history, but this isn’t the 70s when Netherlands were in their prime. Senegal are making their third appearance in the tournament. In 2002, they reached the quarter-finals to lose out to Turkey, having made their way to the round by beating France, drawing with Denmark and Uruguay, and beating Sweden in the Round of 16. This is the furthest any African team had got in the competition since Cameroon back in the 1990 World Cup.
In 2018, the also qualified, and proved to be a controversial one and made it into the record books. Senegal won their first match against Poland and drew to Japan but lost to Columbia in their final game. The group standings meant Senegal draw level on points with Japan, who qualified due to the fair play rules. This was the first time a team would be eliminated on this rule.
Qualification & Road to the World Cup 2022
The route to the World Cup is no easy task for African Nations, as there are many good teams competing for a place, with the likes of Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, and Cameroon that often vie for a place. Here’s how Senegal got to the represent a nation on the biggest footballing stage.
|01/09/2021||Senegal vs Togo||2-0|
|07/09/2021||Congo vs Senegal||1-3|
|09/10/2021||Senegal vs Namibia||4-1|
|12/10/2021||Namibia vs Senegal||1-3|
|11/11/2021||Togo vs Senegal||1-1|
|14/11/2021||Senegal vs Congo||2-0|
|25/03/2022||Egypt vs Senegal||1-0|
|29/03/2022||Senegal vs Egypt||1-0 (1-1 agg/ 3-1 pen)|
Senegal Players to Watch
Who are the big players in the Senegalese squad that will help them to be a driving force in the tournament? Here are the three standout players that we believe will be the ones to watch and bet on.
- Sadio Mane: Position: Forward/Winger. Mane is the team’s talisman, and perhaps has the most club success of any in the Senegalese squad. For the national team, he currently has 91 caps and 33 international goals. A wise bet could be that of group top scorer given his form at club level as well.
- Idrissa Gueye: Position: Midfield. With 94 caps and 7 Goal, Gueye is a solid unit within the Senegalese squad and boasts a lot of experience, despite not having much game time at club leave with PSG. He has collected 3 assists in his international career and 9 bookings. His impact is more in defensive play, rather than offensive.
- Ismaila Sarr: Position: Winger. At only 24 years, Sarr has managed to get 47 caps for his country and 10 goals since his debut in 2017. He is a player to watch and another attack threat for the Senegal side. With a great goal ratio, don’t be surprised to see in netting at least one goal in the tournament.
The Netherlands has always been a country that was able to produce many fantastic players. The likes of Dennis Bergkamp, Johan Cruyff, and Wesley Sneijder would have walked into any team in their day. The country has had many successes within the competition that they become one of the few that come with cult status within the tournament, along the likes of Argentina, Germany, and Brazil despite not actually having won the trophy. However, are the glory days long gone now?
World Cup History
The Netherlands have appeared in three finals of the World Cup and have not won it in their history. They reached back-to-back finals in 1974 and 1978 but would lose out to Germany and Argentina.
The Netherlands have not lived up to past glories of the late 70s. They seem to have a weird history with the tournament. They have failed to qualify many times, more shockingly in the 2002 and 2018 World Cups when they boasted very strong sides. Trying to make a football prediction with the Dutch involved can be a gamble.
Their last three final positions in previous cups saw in 2006 them being knocked out in the Round of 16. In 1994, they reached the Quarter-Finals. And in 1998, they finished fourth place, having made it to the Semi-finals.
Qualification & Road to the World Cup 2022
Does the success of their route to the tournament affect your World Cup betting and should it? Here’s how the results went the way of the Dutch to help them qualify for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
|24/03/2021||Turkey vs Netherlands||4-2|
|27/03/2021||Netherlands vs Latvia||2-0|
|30/03/2021||Gibraltar vs Netherlands||0-7|
|01/09/2021||Norway vs Netherlands||1-1|
|04/09/2021||Netherlands vs Montenegro||4-0|
|08/09/2021||Netherlands vs Turkey||6-1|
|08/10/2021||Latvia vs Netherlands||0-1|
|11/10/2021||Netherlands vs Gibraltar||6-0|
|13/11/2021||Montenegro vs Netherlands||2-2|
|16/11/2021||Netherlands vs Norway||2-0|
Netherlands Players to Watch
The Dutch squad is packed with many great players that are leaders and stars at club level. But will they have the right impact at national level? Here are our top three players from the Netherlands to look out for in the World Cup.
- Virgil Van Dijk : Position: Defender. Captain for club and country, Van Dijk has 47 caps and 5 goals for this national team. For a defender, he also has a fantastic record on bookings, with only 3 picked up in all 47 games.
- Frenkie De Jong : Position: Midfield. Defensive Midfield playmaker, De Jong has picked up 44 caps, 1 goal, and 5 assists. He has also collected 5 bookings in this time. If he is on song, then you can expect him to be helping to create a number of goals for the team.
- Memphis Depay : Position: Forward. 80 caps and 42 goals, there is no way that Depay is not scoring in this World Cup. If the team have a good run, he might be an outsider for leading scorer in the tournament. Plus, if he isn’t scoring them, he is assisting, with 30 assists to his name already.
Senegal vs Netherlands Betting Odds
At Betiton™, you have the good fortune of having access to many betting markets that host highly competitive World Cup 2022 betting odds. From Both Teams to Score to Multi-Correct Score, inside the world of football betting and here at Betiton™, you can place your bets on any action that takes place. Here is a look at odds for Match Winner and the popular market of Over/Under 2.5 Goals.
|Senegal to Win||Netherlands to Win||Draw|
Over/Under 2.5 Goals
|Over 2.5 Goals||Under 2.5 Goals|
Who Will Win? Senegal vs Netherlands Prediction
What’s your Senegal vs Netherlands prediction? On the surface of it, many bettors would put their mortgage on Netherlands winning this game, as it seems the all-to-obvious outcome. However, Holland have this habit of only turning up for the “big games”. There is never a guarantee of them beating “weaker” opposition despite the strength of their squad, so while many if not all football predictions, will go for the Netherlands, our World Cup predictor is going for a draw.
The Netherlands never got tested in the qualifier rounds when you look at their group and to draw with Montenegro and only win by one goal against Latvia, these are tell-tale signs that the Dutch are a risk.
Our Senegal vs Netherlands prediction: Draw.
Our Senegal vs Netherlands Betting Tips
When looking at the many markets and the odds available what are our betting tips that could help you return a healthy profit? These are some of the Senegal vs Netherlands odds that we recommend you consider adding to your accumulator.
We are going for a 1-1 draw, so under a Correct Score bet, Betiton™ are giving you odds of 7.45. The odds for the draw alone are 3.70. With a score draw, you can pick up Both Teams to Score at odds of 1.93. For an outside bet, we would have Senegal leading the first half 1-0. The odds for this bet is currently at 6.50.