Kick-off: 1300, 14/01/2022
Stadium: Kouekong Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Senegal and Guinea were always expected to advance from Africa Cup of Nations Group B and both head into this contest with a win on the board.
Liverpool stars Sadio Mane and Naby Keita will be on opposing teams for a change in Bafoussam, but the former has a better supporting cast on paper.
We like 2.1 for the Lions of Teranga to prevail and under 3.5 goals in the game as a safe bet for our first Senegal vs Guinea prediction.
Senegal only just managed to scrape past Zimbabwe 1-0 in their opener, with Mane scoring from the penalty spot seven minutes into stoppage time.
The 2019 runners-up were without Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy and captain Kalidou Koulibaly due to Covid protocols, with just 17 players available.
There were a couple of near-misses and a decent save by Petros Mhari from Mane in the first half before Idrissa Gueye fluffed a golden opportunity to break the deadlock.
After the break, Pape Abou Cisse headed just wide from a corner when he should have done better and Mahri again did well to cut off a counter-attack.
Just when it looked like Senegal would pay for those missed chances, though, Zimbabwe’s Kelvin Madzongwe was penalised for handball.
Mane made no mistake as he sent Mahri the wrong way and struck a firm shot into the back of the net.
The Lions of Teranga will need to be sharper here but it is easy to see why Mane is a Senegal vs Guinea odds.
For a slightly better price, it is 5.5 for Mane to net first in victory and that bet came up for us in our Senegal vs Zimbabwe preview.
Guinea also posted a 1-0 success in the opening round of games but were far from convincing against a depleted Malawi outfit ravaged by Covid withdrawals.
Malawi’s Yamikani Chester shot tamely at the keeper when clean through on goal following a defensive blunder before Ibrahima Conte headed against the post for Guinea.
Jose Kante then provided a neat assist for Toulouse wing-back Issiaga Sylla to slot home on 36 minutes.
Guinea keeper Aly Keita had to be alert to deal with a couple of fiercely-struck long-range efforts, while Aguibou Camara was denied by a double save at the other end.
The second period was less eventful, but Keita was called into action twice more as Malawi carved open the Guinea defence.
On the evidence seen so far in Cameroon, we reckon the National Elephants are not a force to be reckoned with.
However, the number of 1-0 results produced early on makes 4.8 for the Lions of Teranga to oblige by just that scoreline an obvious choice for our Senegal vs Guinea betting tips.
SENEGAL 1-0 Zimbabwe – Mane
GUINEA 1-0 Malawi – Sylla
Head-to-head: Guinea 2-3 Senegal
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