Senegal are one of the shortest-priced teams on the African Cup of Nations betting coupon, with the Lions of Teranga having conquered the continent in the previous tournament. Aliou Cisse will hope to use the blueprint of that competition although it’s worth noting that they only won one of their three Group B clashes in the last tournament.

Indeed, we often see a number of low-scoring clashes when it comes to AFCON and a late Sadio Mane penalty was actually the only goal registered during the group stage, with the Senegalese being held to goalless draws by Guinea and Malawi. It also remains to be seen whether Mane remains at his peak powers since heading to Saudi Arabia.

Gambia are captained by Omar Colley and managed by Tom Saintfiet, with the majority of players not competing at a particularly high level domestically. While the skipper operates defensively for Besiktas, the omens are not good for a team who have suffered a number of recent defeats, with Burundi and Ivory Coast both subjecting them to World Cup qualifying defeats.

It is clear that the Gambians would be delighted with a draw from this clash before going on to matches against Cameroon and Guinea. It’s a tough section for a team who are likely to put plenty of players behind the ball at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium in Yamoussoukro. There are reasons to back a 1-0 Senegal win or alternatively plump for a goalless draw.


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