England vs Senegal: Score prediction, Livescore, Head to Head, team news, lineups
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Sunday at Al Bayt Stadium, England and Senegal, both vying for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals, will face off.
After Gareth Southgate’s side topped Group B by defeating Wales, the Three Lions will face the Lions of Teranga in their first-ever meeting. The Lions of Teranga advanced to the knockout rounds thanks to a crucial intervention by their captain.
England vs Senegal Kick-off Time.
The match will kick off at 8:00 pm WAT (Nigeria Time )
England’s second-half performance in Tuesday’s final group game allowed them to not only defeat their Welsh rivals but also win Group B and advance to the last 16 of Qatar 2022.
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They scored twice within 98 seconds at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, with Marcus Rashford’s 50th-minute free kick and Phil Foden’s goal breaking the scoreless tie. Rashford added the final flourish with a third goal, his country’s 100th World Cup goal.
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Following an uninspiring performance in their draw with the United States just a few days prior, the Three Lions more closely resembled the team that tore apart Iran last week, and their ability to match recent runs at major finals has been confirmed.
Under the often-maligned management of Gareth Southgate, England reached the final four of the 2018 World Cup before falling short on home soil at the 2016 European Championships, so they have a track record to support their hopes of claiming a first global title since 1966.
Now set to face Senegal, who finished second in Group A, in Al Khor, England has not lost in 20 matches against African opponents, so Southgate’s current squad are likely favourites to advance on Sunday.
Their quest for a second World Cup began following a poor run of results in 2022, during which they were relegated from the top tier of UEFA’s Nations League. However, Rashford and Maguire’s return to form has helped build momentum for their Qatari campaign.
Despite their near-misses, England has amassed a wealth of tournament experience over the past few years, so they will enter their last-16 matchup with confidence.
Senegal should not be lacking in that most valuable of commodities, as they arrived in the Middle East as African champions and have since negotiated a second safe passage to the knockout round.
Tuesday at Khalifa International Stadium, captain Kalidou Koulibaly scored the game-winning goal in the 70th minute to help his team defeat Ecuador in a winner-take-all match.
After Ismaila Sarr’s first-half penalty equalised the score, the centre-controlled back’s volley was required, and Aliou Cisse’s team went on to secure a straightforward victory against Qatar. This result followed a loss to the Netherlands in their opening match.
Cisse, aided by assistant El Hadji Diouf – another hero of Senegal’s legendary 2002 campaign – now aims to lead his nation into the quarterfinals, possibly setting up an emotional rematch with France, whom they defeated in the opening game of the tournament 20 years ago.
The former Birmingham City midfielder may be without Sadio Mane in Qatar, but since his appointment in 2015, he has fostered a spirited and tactically adept squad – the majority of which won the inaugural Africa Cup of Nations on penalties in February.
Even though African teams have lost eight of their last nine World Cup knockout matches against European opponents, except for Senegal’s victory over Sweden, the Lions of Teranga could have a distinct advantage over their English counterparts, who have experienced so many painful shootout defeats.
Kyle Walker, Phil Foden, Jordan Henderson, and Marcus Rashford, all of whom made their England debuts against Wales, have repaid Gareth Southgate’s confidence. However, their success presents Southgate with a dilemma.
Not only will he consider returning Kieran Trippier, Bukayo Saka, and longtime favourite Raheem Sterling to the lineup on Sunday, but there is also a remote chance that he will switch from a back four to a versatile three-man defence.
Jude Bellingham, who became the second-youngest English player to earn 20 senior caps last time out, should form a central-midfield trio with Declan Rice and Henderson. Both Kalvin Phillips and James Maddison are not yet at their peak physical condition.
Captain Harry Kane, winner of the Golden Boot at Russia 2018’s World Cup, has yet to score at this year’s finals and will again lead England’s attack.
Senegal, meanwhile, must attempt to reach the quarterfinals without the injured Sadio Mane and Idrissa Gueye of Everton, his former club rival on Merseyside.
The midfielder is suspended after receiving his second caution of the finals against Ecuador, while Cheikhou Kouyate has been ruled out of training after suffering an ankle injury in their opening match. Therefore, Nampalys Mendy of Leicester City should stand in.
In Mane’s absence, Watford winger Ismaila Sarr and Sheffield United’s Iliman Ndiaye have stepped up, with Famara Diedhiou and Krepin Diatta also in contention to play on Sunday. Salernitana striker Boulaye Dia provides the central goal threat.
Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly are stalwarts of the Senegalese defence, which coach Aliou Cisse will maintain unchanged.
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See possible England vs Senegal lineup
England’s possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Henderson, Bellingham; Rashford, Kane, Foden
Senegal’s possible starting lineup:
E. Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jakobs; P. Gueye, N. Mendy, Ciss; Ndiaye, Dia, Sarr.
England vs Senegal Score prediction
Sports Mole says England 2-0 Senegal.
Sutton’s prediction: England 2-1 Senegal
Having conceded at least one goal in each of their first three matches, Senegal is ill-equipped to withstand an onslaught from England’s vivacious front line – assuming Southgate’s squad plays to its full potential.
Though well-organized and posing a clear threat on the break, the absence of key players may allow the Three Lions to defeat Africa’s best team in Al Khor.
England vs Senegal: Match Facts
In seven previous World Cup matches against African opponents, England has never lost (W4 D3); their only previous game in the knockout stage was against Cameroon in 1990, which they won 3-2 in extra time with goals from David Platt and two Gary Lineker penalties.
The Three Lions have been eliminated from just two of their seven round-of-16 matches at the tournament, against Germany in 2010 (1-4) and via penalty shootout against Argentina in 1998.
England is attempting to reach the quarterfinals in consecutive World Cups for the first time since 2002/2006.
Except for Senegal’s 2-1 victory over Sweden in the round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup, African teams have lost eight of their nine knockout round games against European teams. However, throughout their history, England has never lost to an African team in any competition.
Senegal has reached the World Cup knockout stage for the second time, having done so for the first time in 2002. Senegal has won consecutive World Cup matches for the first time after defeating Qatar and Ecuador in group play.
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