Senegal and Cape Verde will meet on Tuesday at the Africa Cup of Nations in the round of 16. The winner of the round of 16 fixture between Senegal and Cape Verde will play the winner of Mali and Equatorial Guinea in the quarterfinals.
Senegal were pre-tournament favourite to win the Africa Cup of Nations. However, now in the round of 16, host nation, Cameroon, are tipped as the bookies’ favourite. Senegal topped Group B with five points from nine on offer. A late win over Zimbabwe thanks to a Sadio Mane 90th-minute penalty was followed by back-to-back draws versus Guinea and Malawi. Senegal haven’t conceded a goal, but Mane’s penalty is their only goal to this point.
Cape Verde finished third in Group A behind Cameroon and Burkina Faso. The Blue Sharks were one of the best third-place teams to reach the round of 16. Cape Verde took four points from nine possible in the group. A win over Ethiopia was followed by a 1-0 loss to Burkina Faso and a 1-1 draw with Cameroon.
Senegal vs Cape Verde Betting Odds
Senegal and Cape Verde have played 18 times in their history. Senegal lead the head-to-head between the two nations with 14 wins, two draws, and two losses. The last five matches between Senegal and Cape Verde ended as wins for the Lions of Teranga. The sides last played each other in June 2021 with Senegal claiming a 2-0 win.
Senegal have underperformed at the Africa Cup of Nations. This is a team tipped to win the tournament before it kicked off. Yet, just one goal has been scored by the Lions of Teranga. Sure, Senegal have not conceded a goal, but they have not looked like scoring them. The bookies best betting odds on a Senegal win at full-time are 4/6.
Cape Verde are ranked No. 73 in the world according to FIFA. They did not qualify for the previous two Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Just twice prior to this year had Cape Verde qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations. Cape Verde’s only two Africa Cup of Nations tournament appearances saw them reach the quarterfinals in 2013, but fail to emerge from the group stage in 2015. Cape Verde are underdogs going into this match with odds of 6/1.
Senegal vs Cape Verde Team News
Senegal manager Aliou Cisse is unlikely to change his defence after excellent defensive displays in the opening three games of the Africa Cup of Nations. If Cisse doesn’t make any defensive alterations, he will play the combination of Bouna Sarr, Kalidou Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo, and Saliou Ciss. Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy will play in goal after missing the team’s opening game following a positive COVID-19 test.
Sadio Mane was expected to carry Senegal at the tournament. Thus far, he is the only player to score a goal. That goal came from a contentiously given penalty in the Lions of Teranga’s first game against Ethiopia. Mane scored deep in second half stoppage-time for the win.
Senegal midfielder and Crystal Palace defensive lynchpin Cheikhou Kouyate won’t play in Tuesday's game. He will serve a one-match suspension due to picking up a yellow card for the second straight game against Malawi.
Cape Verde, like Senegal, have enjoyed an injury-free start to the Africa Cup of Nations. The Blue Sharks have a clean bill of health which could help them stop their poor run of results versus Senegal.
Senegal vs Cape Verde H2H
Senegal lead the head-to-head between the two nations with 14 wins, two draws, and two losses. The last five matches between Senegal and Cape Verde ended as wins for the Lions of Teranga. The sides last played each other in June 2021 with Senegal claiming a 2-0 win.
After such a poor goalscoring start to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, it is difficult to believe Cisse’s team will get on the scoresheet. Cape Verde have only scored two goals while conceding two goals. As it stands at the time of this writing, 71 goals have been scored at the Africa Cup of Nations with games averaging 1.87 goals.
Senegal vs Cape Verde Prediction
Both teams to score: NO @ 1/2 - BET NOW
After three games, Senegal have kept three clean sheets at the Africa Cup of Nations. Two of Cape Verde’s three games at the tournament finished with both teams not scoring. Based on these trends, our betting tips prediction is for both teams not to score on Tuesday. The last four meetings between Senegal and Cape Verde in all competitions finished with both teams not scoring goals.
Senegal to qualify @ 2/7 - BET NOW
Not only are Senegal are far more fancies side than Cape Verde, but the Lions of Teranga have a stronger team. It is this stronger team that will see Senegal qualify for the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations. In 2019, Senegal were runners-up to Algeria. The 2017 tournament saw Senegal reach the quarterfinals. Our betting tips prediction is for Senegal to qualify in regular time or extra-time.
Under 1.5 goals @ 13/10 - BET NOW
All three of Senegal’s games at the Africa Cup of Nations to this point finished with under 1.5 goals scored. Our betting tips prediction is for Senegal to continue their excellent defensive play. Cape Verde saw under 1.5 goals in two of their three games. Matches at the Africa Cup of Nations average 1.87 goals per match. Our betting tips prediction is for another low-scoring game when Senegal and Cape Verde meet on Tuesday.
Cape Verde have had a good tournament to this point. They qualified as one of the best third-place teams. However, Senegal were the runner-up in 2019 and our betting tips prediction is for them to progress at the end of full-time or extra-time.
Senegal vs Cape Verde Betting Tips
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