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Senegal odds to win World Cup 2022: Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

By Ben Green

Senegal odds to win World Cup 2022- Confirmed squad, route to the final, ranking & form

Published: 7:40, 30 November 2022

Afcon 2021 champions Senegal have made successive World Cups for the first time in their history, and they are aiming to become the first African nation to hold aloft the Jules Rimet Trophy.

Aliou Cisse’s men shattered Egyptian hearts twice this year after first triumphing on penalties in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations final in Cameroon, but their task in Qatar has been much harder with the news that playmaker Sadio Mane will miss the tournament through injury.

The Lions of Teranga famously reached the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals with their band of unpredictably entertaining superstars, including El Hadji Diouf, Papa Bouba Diop and captain Aliou Cisse, who now has the managerial reins (and has held the bridle since 2015). And they have got through the first hurdle, qualifying out of Group A.

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Latest Senegal odds to win the World Cup

Betting Market Bet UK
Senegal to win the World Cup 110/1
Senegal to reach semi-final odds 8/5
Senegal to reach quarter-final odds 3/1

Our recommended Senegal bet for World Cup 2022

In 2002, Senegal became only the second African nation (after Cameroon in 1990) to reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup. And their progression was well merited after they beat then defending champions France in the group stage, before beating Sweden in the last 16, with El Hadji Diouf subsequently earning a place in the tournament’s ‘All-star team’. The nation then endured a three-tournament exile between 2006 and 2014, before returning in 2018, though their re-emergence wasn’t quite as spectacular as their 2002 predecessors. Cisse’s men crashed out of the group, despite beating Poland and drawing with Japan.

This time around things went a lot better. After losing their opening match 2-0 to Netherlands, Senegal bounced back with two wins from their next two games, beating Qatar and Ecuador. The latter was a straight shootout for the last 16 with Senegal needing a win to overtake Ecuador, which they managed thanks to goals from Ismaila Sarr and Kalidou Koulibaly.

In doing so, Senegal became just the third African nation to qualify for the World Cup knockout round on more than one occasion. They join Nigeria, who have achieved the feat three times, and Ghana who have done so twice but will be looking to make it three this week. The win was also the first for an African nation against a South American side in the World Cup since Cameroon beat Colombia in 1990, ending a winless run of 21 games.

At the heart of Senegal’s win over Ecuador was captain Koulibaly, who scored the winner just after Moises Caicedo had equalised for the South American side, but also put in a solid defensive display. The Chelsea man won all of his tackles, won 10 duels, made 10 clearances, won four fouls and conceded none himself as well as not being dribbled past.

Senegal route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar

Group stage results

Fixture Stadium Date*
Senegal 0-2 Netherlands Al Thumama Stadium 21 November 2022, 4pm
Qatar 1-3 Senegal Al Thumama Stadium 25 November 2022, 1pm
Ecuador 1-2 Senegal Khalifa International Stadium 29 November 2022, 3pm
*All times GMT

Who could Senegal meet in the knockout rounds?

Second place in Group A will put Senegal against Group B winners England. From there, they’re most likely to face France in the quarters, and then of course, there’s no hiding from the semi-finals onwards.

Stage Potential opponent
Round of 16 England
Quarter-Final France
Semi-Final Portugal
Final Brazil

Confirmed Senegal World Cup 2022 squad

Player  Position Age Club
Edouard Mendy Goalkeeper 30 Chelsea
Alfred Gomis Goalkeeper 29 Rennes
Seny Dieng Goalkeeper 27 QPR
Kalidou Koulibaly Defender 31 Chelsea
Abdou Diallo Defender 26 RB Leipzig
Fode Ballo-Toure Defender 25 Milan
Pape Abou Cisse Defender 27 Olympiacos
Ismail Jakobs Defender 23 Monaco
Formose Mendy Defender 21 Amiens
Youssouf Sabaly Defender 29 Betis
Moussa N’Diaye Defender 20 Anderlecht
Krepin Diatta Midfielder 23 Monaco
Idrissa Gueye Midfielder 33 Everton
Nampalys Mendy Midfielder 30 Leicester City
Cheikhou Kouyate Midfielder 32 Nottingham Forest
Pape Matar Sarr Midfielder 20 Tottenham
Moustapha Name Midfielder 27 Pafos
Pape Gueye Midfielder 23 Marseille
Mamadou Loum Midfielder 25 Reading
Pathe Ciss Midfielder 28 Rayo Vallecano
Bamba Dieng Forward 22 Marseille
Ismaila Sarr Forward 24 Watford
Iliman Ndiaye Forward 22 Sheffield United
Famara Diedhiou Forward 29 Alanyaspor
Boulaye Dia Forward 26 Salernitana
Nicolas Jackson Forward 21 Villarreal

Senegal players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022

Senegal player to watch – Edouard Mendy

Edouard Mendy was a defensive fulcrum for Senegal as they lifted Afcon and qualified for the World Cup.

However, the Chelsea gloveman hasn’t had the easiest of starts to 2022/23, but that should only work to fuel his motivation.

On his day, the towering shot-stopper is impervious and unshakable, two traits that should give Cisse a platform to build from.

Senegal emerging player to look out for – Pape Matar Sarr

Pape Matar Sarr is yet to really get his Tottenham career going, but at only 20, time is still very much on his side.

He emerged from the same academy as two of his more esteemed team-mates (Sadio Mane and Kalidou Koulibaly) at Metz. In France, his emergence in the first team prompted Spurs to courier a contract to Lorraine sharpish for the precocious midfielder to sign before other European heavyweights came sniffing.

Highly regarded, Sarr arrived at the World Cup with seven caps for Senegal, and he could still play a key part for Cisse, despite playing just 13 minutes against Qatar so far.

Senegal tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup

Cisse appears wedded to a 4-2-3-1 formation, which certainly suits the players at his disposal.

In Mane’s absence, Krepin Diatta accompanied Ismaila Sarr on the flanks, with Boulaye Dia spearheading the attack.

Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate and Nampalys Mendy comprised the three-man midfield in front of the back four of Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly, Pape Abou Cisse and Abdou Diallo, with Edouard Mendy between the sticks.

Senegal FAQs

Where are Senegal in the Fifa World Rankings?

Senegal are currently ranked 18th in the Fifa World Rankings.

Who is the Senegal manager?

Former PSG, Birmingham and Portsmouth defender Aliou Cisse has been manager since 2015, overseeing their World Cup 2018 campaign. Capped 35 times by his nation during his playing days, Cisse skippered Senegal in the 2002 World Cup as they famously reached the quarter-finals.

Who is the current Senegal captain?

Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly is the current Senegal captain, with Idrissa Gueye functioning as vice-skipper.

How many times have Senegal won the World Cup? 

Senegal have never won the World Cup, nor has any other African nation.

How many times have Senegal competed in the World Cup?

Senegal have twice appeared at the World Cup, famously in 2002, and last tournament’s edition in 2018.

Who has scored Senegal’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?

The late Papa Bouba Diop is currently Senegal’s top World Cup goalscorer. He netted three times in 2002, including a brace against Uruguay.

Which player from Senegal has the most World Cup appearances?

Seven players featured in all five of Senegal’s matches during the 2002 World Cup, making them the collective record appearance-makers for the nation. Those include: Ferdinand Coly, Omar Daf, Lamine Diatta, Papa Bouba Diop, Papa Malick Diop, Tony Sylva and of course El-Hadji Diouf.