The Lions of Teranga reached the quarter-finals back in 2002 and that could be a realistic aim again, according to the Senegal World Cup 2018 odds.
This summer’s tournament will be only a second World Cup appearance for the African outfit, but they will take heart from a fine rookie campaign in South Korea and Japan.
On that occasion, Senegal started out with a surprise win over France, before draws with Denmark and Uruguay helped them to progress.
Sweden were edged out at the last-16 stage, only for Turkey to end the fairytale run with a 1-0 extra-time triumph.
The road to Russia was a smooth one, with four wins and two draws from six matches proving enough to finish five points clear of Burkina Faso.
Head coach Cisse was a defensive midfielder in his playing days, representing Birmingham and Portsmouth in England and captaining the 2002 national team, and just three goals conceded in qualifying is testament to his organised tactics.
There will be no easy games in their pool, but plenty will see the Lions of Teranga as a value option in any Senegal World Cup 2018 betting tips and predictions.
Odds correct on date of publication: 21/05/2018
Sadio Mane is the key man and he should be full of confidence after starring for Liverpool in the Premier League and Champions League competitions this season.
The 26-year-old scored in two matches as Senegal reached the African Nations Cup quarter-finals last year and loves to get forward as much as possible.
Striker Mame Biram Diouf has never quite fulfilled his potential for Manchester United and Stoke but is another threat up front.
Spain-born winger Keita Balde made an encouraging start to his Monaco career following a big-money move from Lazio and will hopefully have recovered from injury problems.
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly can help to shore things up at the back, while West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate won’t shirk any challenges.
Cisse has gambled on the fitness of some players but cited “continuity and coherence” as the key factors in keeping this squad together.
Rank (world): 28
WC appearances: 1
Best effort: Quarter-finals in 2002
Road to Russia
SEN 2-1 South Africa
South Africa 0-2 SEN
Cape Verde 0-2 SEN
Burkina Faso 2-2 SEN
SEN 0-0 Burkina Faso
SEN 2-0 Cape Verde
Kalidou Koulibaly (D)
Cheikhou Kouyate (M)
Sadio Mane (M)
Keita Balde (F)
Mame Biram Diouf (F)
Aliou Cisse – SEN