Big Game Focus: Brazil v Senegal

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South America champions Brazil and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finalists Senegal clash in an international friendly in Singapore. This will be Senegal’s first senior fixture since losing to Algeria in the AFCON final back in July. Can the Senegalese beat the football giants? Bet on the game here. 

Brazil will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways after disappointing outcomes last month when they take on Senegal in Singapore on Thursday. The Seleção failed to win both their friendly fixtures during the last international break and will be keen to get back to winning ways against African giants Senegal.

Meanwhile, Senegal, will be in action for the first time after their defeat to Algeria in the Africa Cup of Nations final back in July. Head coach Aliou Cisse has chopped and changed his squad with new faces coming in as he plans to integrate new players into the national team and keep things fresh. This game will also be a preparation for the 2021 AFCON qualifiers for which will be kicking off in a month, and a match against the five-time World champions will be a good test for the Lions of Teranga.

Betting preview

Both teams have not scored in eight of Brazil’s last ten matches in all competitions. On the other hand, both teams have not found the net in nine of Senegal’s last ten games in all competitions. For that reason, you can back Both Teams to Score No at odds of 1.55.  

Brazil have scored twice in four of their last five friendlies. They also scored 13 times in their six Copa America games. Seven of Brazil’s last ten matches have seen two or more goals scored. You can back Brazil to score Over 1.5 Goals at odds of 1.55. 

Gabriel Jesus has been in fine form in the last few months. He has scored six goals in the last 11 appearances for both club and country. He has scored 11 goals in the last 18 appearances for club and country despite playing only 729 minutes. Odds of 2.55 for Gabriel Jesus as Anytime Goalscorer look attractive. 

Team news

Alisson Becker is unavailable, while Juventus star Danilo misses out with an injury and has been replaced by Botafogo’s uncapped right-back Marcinho. Another uncapped full-back, Renan Lodi, might make his debut, along with Gremio midfielder Matheus Henrique. Flamengo striker Gabriel Barbosa is back in the reckoning, as well as defender Rodrigo Caio.

Kalidou Koulibaly is back in contention after missing the Africa Cup of Nations final, but Rennes forward M’Baye Niang, alongside Henri Saivet and Mbaye Diagne, miss out. Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy withdrew from the squad with an injury.

Possible line-ups 

Brazil: Ederson, Alves, Silva, Miltao, Lodi, Arthur, Casemiro, Coutinho, Everton, Jesus, Neymar

Senegal: Gomis, Gassama, Sane, Koulibaly, Ciss, Gueye, Ndiaye, Kouyate, Sarr, Mane, Keita Balde