Possible scenarios in Brazil’s encounter against Senegal
Sportsbet.io explores the feasible situations in the maiden yet intriguing meeting between the footballing nations.
Brazil, who tasted trophy success with the 2019 Copa America earlier this year, play Senegal in the team’s first official meeting in international football. The Solecao saw their 17-match unbeaten streak halted by Peru, and it was just their third loss under Tite’s stewardship. Apart from their treacherous attacking setup, Brazil has registered 21 clean sheets in 28 games across all competitions, meaning Senegal has a tedious task at hand.
The Lions of Teranga has some of the biggest club football superstars on their roster, and come into the fixture with a two-game winning momentum. Senegal is known to give a tough fight despite the odds against them, and the Sadio Mane-led team will carry the ‘underdogs’ tag in today’s showdown.
Who can score first
Upon closer inspection of their side’s recent results, Brazil has netted more often than Senegal. Hence, the Samba Boys are favourites to score first.
Brazil has averaged two goals in their last eight outings, and we could expect the same in today’s fixture. Senegal is tipped to score a consolation goal, although, a 2-0 victory in favour of the five-time World Champions seems to be the safest outcome.
Highest scoring half
This fixture promises to showcase some fireworks, and it is likely we may witness it towards the latter part of the meeting. Given the quality that reeks from either team, a nerve-wracking game is on the cards.
Brazil is placed on the money line to register a clean sheet today, despite failing to keep one in their last three games. Ederson will start in between the sticks for the Solecao, and coach Tite will bank on the Manchester City gloveman to orchestrate a defensive masterclass against Senegal.
Neymar, who is on a revitalized run of four goals in his last five games, will earn his 100th cap for Brazil and is the odds-on favourite to score first. The maverick forward has netted 61 times in 99 appearances and is one shy of equalling the goal tally of legendary striker Ronaldo.
For Senegal, skipper and Liverpool talisman Sadio Mane is favoured to open the scoring for the African nation. The 27-year-old has eight goals in 11 games, across all competitions, for the Reds and will be the flag-bearer for the Lions of Teranga in the attacking department.
Words: William Paul