Kick-off: 1700, 10/07/2019
Stadium: 30 June Stadium
Senegal were our pre-tournament selection for Africa Cup of Nations glory and we see no reason to desert them against surprise quarter-finalists Benin.
The Lions of Teranga have Liverpool star Sadio Mane in fine form and are the tournament’s highest-rated team, according to the FIFA rankings.
With just one goal conceded in four games so far, we’re snapping up 91/100 for the favourites to win to nil for our initial Senegal vs Benin prediction.
A Look At Senegal’s Betting Odds
Senegal qualified from Group C after beating Tanzania 2-0 and Kenya 3-0, either side of a 1-0 loss to Algeria.
Mane then scored the only goal of the game against Uganda in the last 16, taking his tally to three overall, following an assist by Mbaye Niang.
Ismaila Sarr missed a great chance to double the advantage and Mane had a penalty saved, but the Lions of Teranga still made it safely through.
Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye was named man of the match, while much-vaunted Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly continued to impress at the back.
Head coach Aliou Cisse said: “The Uganda game was tough, as there are no small teams in Africa anymore. All teams can win and we have to be always ready.”
This is a well-balanced Senegal side which seems determined to make amends for underachieving in this tournament down the years.
Looking at the Senegal vs Benin odds, we’re taking 19/4 for a 2-0 success this time.
A Look At Benin’s Betting Odds
Benin qualified from Group F as one of the best third-placed teams after following up a 2-2 draw against Ghana with goalless stalemates versus Guinea-Bissau and Cameroon.
The Squirrels were then expected to have their limitations exposed by Morocco but did us a favour by taking that tie to extra-time, with 11/4 for a draw being one of three successful selections in our preview of that match.
French-born defender Moise Adilehou opened the scoring on 53 minutes, only for Youssef En-Nesyri to equalise, but the Atlas Lions then fell apart in a penalty shoot-out.
Michel Dussuyer has moulded his team into a well-drilled unit and Huddersfield striker Steve Mounie will offer an athletic outlet up front if returning from suspension here.
However, we just fear this will prove a bridge too far for what is a game, but outgunned outfit.
Mane is the obvious danger man and Cisse insisted he will still take any penalties if he wishes, so 3/1 for the Liverpool ace to break the deadlock again completes our Senegal vs Benin betting tips.
Uganda 0-1 SENEGAL – Mane
Morocco 1-1 BENIN (1-4 on pens) – Adilehou
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