AFCON 2021: Senegal vs Cape Verde prediction and betting tips (January 25)
Senegal take on Cape Verde in the first round of the knockout stages. The Lions of Teranga have never lost to Cape Verde with four wins in four head-to-head games. Can they get through in this match?
Sadio Mane scored the only one goal of Senegal in the AFCON 2021
Sadio Mane scored the only one goal of Senegal in the AFCON 2021
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Senegal play Cape Verde in the Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, 25 January 2022. The match venue is Stade Koukeong, Koukeong, Bafoussam.

Latest betting odds

Senegal to win odds are valued at 1.66 (-150 American; 2/3 Fractional), the odds for a draw are valued at 3.45 (+245; 49/20), while Cape Verde to win odds are valued at 6.15 (+515; 103/20).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Senegal — 57%, draw — 28%, Cape Verde — 15%.

Latest betting odds on Senegal vs Cape Verde (25 January 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.70 (+170; 17/10)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.42 (-236; 25/59)
  • Asian handicap (-0.75) on Senegal — 1.88 (-114; 50/57)
  • Asian handicap (+0.75) on Cape Verde — 2.00 (+100; evens)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 3.00 (+200; 2/1)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.37 (-270; 10/27)

Match preview and statistics

Senegal finished first in the Group B table with five points and a +1 goal difference. They had one win and two draws in the group stages, overall they haven’t lost in 13 straight games. The Lions of Teranga played a goalless draw against Malawi in their last game.

Top stats: 78% possession, 10 total shots, seven chances created, three shots on target, 393 accurate passes, 83% pass accuracy, 11 fouls conceded, five corners, three offsides, two yellow cards. Bouna Sarr had a good game in their last match. He completed the most dribbles (3), created two chances, had four accurate long balls, gave two key passes, won the most duels (8), made two clearances with one interception.

Sadio Mane completed two dribbles, won six duels, was fouled three times with four recoveries in the match. Abdou Diallo won four duels, had two tackles, made five clearance and six ball recoveries. Kalidou Koulibaly had 12/14 accurate long balls, created two chances, gave two key passes, won three duels, made three clearances, completed two dribbles, one tackle and four recoveries.

Senegal team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.

Cape Verde finished third in the Group A table with four points and zero goal difference. They had one win, one draw and one loss from the three group stage matches, conceded two goals and scored two goals. The Blue Sharks made it to the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.

In their last match, they drew 1-1 with Cameroon. Vincent Aboubakar gave Cameroon the lead in the 39th minute of the first half with a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Harold Moukoudi following a set piece situation.

Garry Rodrigues equalized for the Tubaroes Azuis in the 52nd minute of the second half with a right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal, assisted by Kenny Rocha Santos. Top stats: 36% possession, four total shots, four chances, created, one big chance, two shots on target, 196 accurate passes, 73% pass accuracy, 11 fouls conceded, four corners, three offsides.

Patrick Andrade had the most tackles (4), won seven duels, made three clearances, one interception and six recoveries in the game. Kenny Santos created three chances, had three accurate long balls and an assist in the last match against Cameroon.

Cape Verde Team news: no player is injured or suspended for the match.

Senegal vs Cape Verde H2H

Senegal and Cape Verde have gone head-to-head four times in history. The Lions of Teranga have won all of the four meetings. The last time they met was in 2017, Cameroon beat Cape Verde 2-0 in the fixture.

Key players and lineups

Senegal projected starting lineup:

  • Edouard Mendy
  • Bouna Sarr
  • Kalidou Koulibaly
  • Abdou Diallo
  • Saliou Ciss
  • Cheikhou Kouyate
  • Nampalys Mendy
  • Idrissa Gana Gueye
  • Sadio Mane
  • Boulaye Dia
  • Habibou Mouhamadou Diallo

Sadio Mane is a player to watch out for. He has scored their only one in the tournament. Mane looks forward to scoring in this match. Bouna Sarr is the key player to watch out for. He dropped a good performance in their last match against Malawi, completed 3/3 dribbles, created two chances, had one tackle, one interception, made two clearances and won eight duels.

Cape Verde projected starting lineups:

  • Vozinha
  • Stopira
  • Roberto Lopes
  • Steven Fortes
  • Diney
  • Dylan Tavares
  • Kenny Rocha Santos
  • Willy Semedo
  • Patrick Andrade
  • Jamiro Monteiro
  • Garry Rodrigues

Kenny Rocha Santos is the key player to watch out for. He assisted the equalizer in the last match against Cameroon, created three chances, gave two key passes with three accurate long balls.

Garry Rodrigues should get a starting spot in this Round of 16 clash. He has been involved in the two goals scored by the team in the tournament with a goal and an assist. Rodrigues scored the equalizer in the last match and also assisted the winner in their Round 1 match against Ethiopia.

Betting tips and prediction

Senegal are not having a good campaign at the tournament but they’ve avoided a defeat so far, with a win and two draws at the group stages. They are unbeaten in 13 straight games. The Lions of Teranga have only scored one goal so far and conceded zero goals. Cape Verde have had a share of the possible outcome of the games, a win, a draw and a loss in the group stage. They scored two goals and conceded two goals in the group stage.

Predictions are Senegal to win, and under 2.5 goals. Senegal have never lost to Cape Verde before. Both teams have met four times and the Lions of Teranga won all four matches. They won 2-0 in the last meeting. Both sides have been struggling to find the back of the net. The home side have scored only one goal, while the away side have not scored more than a goal in one game.

Betting prediction: Senegal to win

Odds: 1.66 (-150 American; 2/3 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.42 (-236 American; 25/59 Fractional)

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