Senegal v Benin Betting Tips & Predictions
Senegal are strong favourites on the Africa Cup of Nations outright market after they landed a 1-0 win over Uganda at the last sixteen stage of the competition.
The fact that Egypt were dumped out by South Africa over the weekend along with Morocco’s defeat at the hands of Benin means that the Lions of Teranga are suddenly in the box seat to triumph in Cairo this summer and they were too strong for the Ugandans in the last game.
It always helps when you have a player like Sadio Mane in the team and the Liverpool forward has now scored three goals at AFCON after missing his team’s opener due to suspension.
Mane missed a penalty later in the game to put the tie to bed, although he will surely cause problems for a Benin team who did knock out Morocco in the previous round although it was largely against the run of play.
The Squirrels had to weather a big storm against the Atlas Lions before taking the lead, although they then conceded an equaliser and were left breathing a sigh of relief when Hakim Ziyech hit the post from a penalty in injury-time.
Benin were also reduced to ten men during extra-time when Khaled Adenon was dismissed and he will now be suspended for this encounter, with the underdogs set to deploy another defensive formation in an attempt to nullify the favourites.
In truth, the Senegal defence should be able to stand firm and claim another victory to march into the last four of the competition, with Idrissa Gueye having an excellent tournament and likely to prove successful in front of Kalidou Koulibaly and Cheikh Kouyate.
Senegal win to nil @ 1.90 with bet365