England, Senegal, battles for a place in the quarterfinals

England, Senegal, battles for a place in the quarterfinals

England and Senegal gears up for their meeting for the first time ever, as they meet in the knockout stage of the World Cup. With unfamiliarity bothering the two teams, they are expected to give their all in this game. They had a little tough time in their group, before finally qualifying for the knockout round. Managing to escape their groups, both teams come in this game with confidence. With Senegal being England‘s biggest challenge in the tournament, can England be a step away from reclaiming their glory in the World Cup? This meeting will be on December 5, 2022, at 3:00 AM (GMT+8).

England and Senegal both worked hard in order to escape their groups during the group stage. Now, both these teams are oozing with confidence when they meet in for the Round of 16 of the 2022 World Cup. During their last match against the Wales, England only let the Wales scored once. Since then, they dominated the whole game already, not looking back and giving an opportunity to their opponent. Senegal on the other hand, in a crucial last match in the group stage, they need to beat Ecuador. Luckily for them, they successfully defeated Ecuador, despite their opponent tried to come back.

England aims to dominate the knockout stage

World Cup: England
Photo courtesy of PA

England topping their group stage is no longer surprising because their dominance in their group is clear. They were able to take the top spot without much complications which is good for them. They started strong in their campaign, winning 6-2 over Iran, but a goalless draw against USA does not look optimistic. Luckily, they bounced back versus Wales, putting them on top of their group. Coming into this match, their goal is to finally end a 56 years title drought in the World Cup. Despite being dominating, they failed to claim the title for 56 years which is a little mystery for them.

Ben White, who left his squad due to “personal reasons”, is the only one who will not be available in this match. Although he is not around, England still have too many options and could still replace him.

Senegal’s job is not yet done in the World Cup

World Cup: Senegal
Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Senegal still has unfinished business coming into the World Cup, as they hope not get eliminated in the contest after this match. During their campaign opener, they had a frustrating loss against the Netherlands. Many doubted them as it is not a good start for a team who has a strong squad like Senegal. However, their last two games proved their doubters wrong, as they won over Qatar and Ecuador. Now, Senegal is a team who is a hungry teams because they last past through the group stage in 2002. That time, they even reached the quarterfinals, which is their goal in this game. Now, going against one of the favorites, Senegal is hoping to extend their stay in Qatar.

Their journey in Qatar could have been easier only if Sadio Mane did not sustain an injury, as he is one of Senegal’s key player. Luckily, this team was able to finally jiggled despite the absence of their main man.

Prediction:

England (2.0)
Odds: -0.97

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