Kick-off: 1000, 21/11/2022
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
Senegal and Netherlands are usually attack-minded teams but could well adopt a safety-first approach to the 2022 World Cup curtain raiser.
With Ecuador and hosts Qatar being the other two sides competing in Group A, this pair will expect to progress if doing nothing silly.
That means both managers may settle for a Doha stalemate and 3.5 for such an outcome is our first Senegal vs Netherlands prediction.
Senegal are through to their third World Cup tournament, having reached the quarter-finals in 2002 prior to going out at the group stage four years ago.
They performed with credit at Russia 2018, though, beating Poland and drawing with Japan before losing 1-0 to Colombia.
The Lions of Teranga will travel to Qatar full of confidence, having claimed a first major trophy with victory at last year’s African Cup of Nations.
Senegal had two draws in the pool stage of that tournament before eventually beating Egypt on penalties in the final.
Aliou Cisse’s side are becoming accustomed to tight tussles, after again edging out the Pharaohs via spot-kicks in the final round of CAF qualifiers.
Star man Sadio Mane is backed up by a number of proven performers attached to major European clubs, including Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye are also part of a strong and experienced spine.
Netherlands have been World Cup runners-up on three occasions and were third in Brazil in 2014, so failing to qualify for Russia 2018 was a huge blow.
The Dutch must have feared the worst when losing their opening Qatar 2022 qualifier 4-2 versus Turkey in Istanbul.
However, they avenged that defeat in style when winning the return fixture 6-1 as part of a nine-match unbeaten run, which included seven victories.
That was good enough to finish two points clear of Turkey and five ahead of Norway.
There have also been some encouraging exploits at Euro 2020 and in the Nations League, with Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Barcelona forward Memphis Depay the key figures.
In charge of a team which has a useful blend of youth and experience is Louis van Gaal, who led Holland to the semis eight years ago.
Veteran boss Van Gaal understands that you don’t have to dominate every battle to win the war, though.
A steady start should suffice here and 7.0 for a 1-1 scoreline completes our Senegal vs Netherlands betting tips.
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