Senegal forward Sadio Mane

Kenya vs Senegal: Lions of Teranga to bounce back

Kick-off: 2000, 01/07/2019

Stadium: 30 June Stadium

TV: Eurosport

Senegal only need a draw against Kenya to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations knockout rounds but should be good enough to claim victory in Cairo.

Both teams have registered a win and a stalemate so far in Group C, but the Lions of Teranga are rated a class apart, being 83 places higher in the FIFA rankings.

Lesser sides have struggled to score against the perennial powerhouses at this tournament, so 17/20 for a win to nil is our first Kenya vs Senegal prediction.

A Look At Kenya’s Betting Odds

Kenya showed some encouraging signs late on when losing 2-0 to Algeria and built on that by beating Tanzania 3-2 after twice coming from behind.

Japan-based striker Michael Olunga was picked out by some pundits as a player to watch out for in Egypt and he bagged a brace, either side of a strike by Brugge midfielder Johanna Omolo.

Tottenham star Victor Wanyama is a powerful presence in Kenya’s engine room and they are a team on the rise.

However, the Harambee Stars couldn’t score away to Ghana or Ethiopia in qualifying and drew a blank versus Algeria, so the lack of a cutting edge up front at this level is an issue.

Looking at the Kenya vs Senegal odds, we think 7/2 for the Lions of Teranga to prevail 1-0 is the way to go.

A Look At Senegal’s Betting Odds

Senegal started out with a smooth 2-0 success versus Tanzania but still have some work to do after going down 1-0 to Algeria in a bad-tempered tussle.

Youcef Belaili made the breakthrough shortly after the interval when rifling home from the D following a rapid Algerian raid.

Liverpool ace Sadio Mane thought he had earned a spot-kick when he was double-teamed by two defenders, but the referee was not interested.

Rais M’Bolhi saved well to deny M’Baye Niang as time ticked away with Senegal continuing to push hard, while Mane could only head over the bar at the death.

That was a frustrating night for the Lions of Teranga, but there is too much talent in this team for them not to be competing at the business end of the competition.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate of Crystal Palace and Inter Milan forward Keita Balde are a cut above what Kenya have to offer.

It may take a while to break the Harambee Stars down, though, so 13/5 for Draw HT/Senegal FT completes our Kenya vs Senegal betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

KENYA 3-2 Tanzania – Olunga (2), Omolo

SENEGAL 0-1 Algeria

Head-to-head: Senegal 3-0 Kenya

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