Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Senegal v Benin and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday's quarter-final by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Senegal v Benin Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 10/07/19
- Time: 17:00
- Venue: 30 June Air Defence Stadium
- Channel: EuroSport 2
Senegal will be looking to advance to the last four of the African Cup of Nations with a win against Benin in the first quarter-final tie of the competition.
Last time out, Senegal ran out 1-0 winners against Uganda in the round-of-16 courtesy of an early Sadio Mane strike.
With the shock exit of hosts Egypt, Senegal will be fancying their chances as they look to secure their first triumph in the tournament.
Benin are so far undefeated in the African Cup of Nations after drawing all three of their group games and beating Morocco on penalties in the last round.
Benin are no doubt big underdogs, but they will take confidence from South Africa's performance against Egypt highlighting that anything really can happen in this tournament.
Despite being on the back-foot for a majority of the game against Morocco, they showed amazing team spirit which they'll be looking to use to their advantage against Senegal.
Senegal will be without Edouard Mendy and Salif Sané who are both sidelined with injuries, but apart from this, Aliou Cissé has a full squad to choose from.
Benin, on the other hand, are without Khaled Adenon who was sent-off against Morocco, but Steve Mounie returns from suspension.
Potential Senegal Starting XI: Gomis, Sabaly, Kouyaté, Koulibaly, Gassama, Ndiaye, Gueye, Sarr, Saivet, Mané, Niang
Potential Benin Starting XI: Allagbe, Mama, Kiki, Adilehou, Verdon, Imorou, Pote, Adeoti, Sessegnon, Soukou, Mounie
Head To Head
- Senegal have won four of the six fixtures between the two.
- Senegal ran out winners in the last clash against Benin.
- Benin have only tasted victory once against Senegal.
Key Stats & Facts
- Sadio Mane is the joint top goalscorer in the competition with three goals to his name.
- Benin have the worst disciplinary record in the tournament with nine yellow cards and one red card so far.
- Cebio Soukou has been a key player for Benin so far, setting up two goals in four games.
- Senegal 1/2
- Draw 3/1
- Benin 9/1
Senegal have been impressive so far this tournament, only tasting defeat once, and will be one of the favourites for the competition especially with Sadio Mane showcasing his goalscoring abilities.
Whilst Benin have impressed, they shouldn't pose too much of a threat to Senegal who will be eager to advance to the semi-finals.
However, so far this year this tournament has shown how the underdogs can pull off an upset so don't be shocked to see Benin throw a spanner in the works.
Senegal have kept clean sheets in all three of their wins this year and BetVictor offer odds of 21/20 for Senegal to win to nil.
Mane has also been on fire so far this tournament and SpreadEx offer 7/5 for the Liverpool man to be anytime goalscorer.