Senegal – Benin match prediction

Defeat to Algeria earlier in this tournament is the only blemish on a near-perfect record for Senegal across their previous ten matches (W9, L1). Eight of those wins were accompanied by a clean sheet illustrating how dominant they have been across this period. However, any switch off in terms of concentration does tend to come after the break – eight of the last ten goals they have conceded arrived in the second half.

Key to their recent success has been Senegal’s ability to frequently find the net. They have failed to score in just two of their previous 16 international matches, and have netted two or more goals in nine of those games. Yet despite this, just three of their previous ten fixtures have featured over 2.5 match goals.

Draw specialists Benin can count themselves fairly lucky to be at this stage of the competition, having drawn each of their previous four games (90 mins). They tend to start fast and have scored the first goal in seven of their previous nine matches – the other two games finished as goalless draws. However, strikingly they have gone on to concede at least one goal in response in five of those matches.

Benin haven’t won any of the previous four H2Hs vs Senegal (D1, L3). Notably three of those four meetings produced over 1.5 goals.

Players to watch: Despite two missed penalties, Liverpool forward Sadio Mané can boast three goals in his last two Senegal matches. Meanwhile, Mickaël Poté has two goals for

Benin in this tournament so far – although both came in the same game.

Stat attack: There have been three penalties awarded across Senegal’s previous two matches.

There’s been an average of 5.25 cards shown per game in each of Senegal’s previous four matches.

There have been two red cards shown across Benin’s last four matches.

Match prediction

Senegal to win the match @1.40