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Qatar vs Senegal prediction: How will World Cup fixture play out?

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Can Qatar and Senegal bounce back from opening losses at the 2022 World Cup? Each of the two Group A sides will hope to do so at the other’s expense here.

Hosts Qatar began their campaign with a poor performance and 2-0 defeat by Ecuador, before Senegal battled hard but ultimately fell 2-0 to Netherlands.

The African champions, without the injured Sadio Mane, will still fancy their chances in this one, however.

After Qatar vs Senegal, Netherlands play Ecuador in Friday’s other Group A game.

Here’s all you need to know.

When is it?

Qatar vs Senegal is scheduled to kick off at 1pm GMT (4pm local time) on Friday 25 November.

The match is set to take place at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.

How can I watch it?

In the UK, the game will air live on BBC One. It will also stream live on the broadcaster’s website and BBC iPlayer app.

What is the team news?

Edouard Mendy was criticised for his showing in Senegal’s 2-0 defeat by Netherlands (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

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Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb was poor in his side’s opener against Ecuador, so he could be dropped for Meshaal Barsham here.

Meanwhile, Abdou Diallo is expected to play despite going off with cramps in Senegal’s loss to Netherlands, but Cheikhou Kouyate is not fit to feature after leaving on a stretcher due to a muscle problem in that game.

Like his opposite number in the Qatar goal, Senegal’s Edouard Mendy could be dropped after a dreadful performance last time out.

Senegal’s star forward Sadio Mane remains out with injury, meanwhile, and will miss the whole tournament.

Predicted line-ups

Qatar XI: Barsham; Pedro Miguel, Khoukhi, Salman, A Hassan, Ahmed; Al Haydos, Boudiaf, Hatem; Ali, Afif

Senegal XI: Dieng; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Cisse, Diallo; I Gueye, N Mendy; Ndiaye, I Sarr, Diatta, Dia

Odds

Qatar – 5/1

Senegal – 8/13

Draw – 11/4

Via Betfair.

Prediction

Qatar didn’t show anywhere near enough quality in their loss to Ecuador to suggest that they will fare any better here. Qatar 0-2 Senegal.

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