Luxemburg vs Senegal Today’s Soccer Prediction
Luxembourg finished fifth in the qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. Finally, you could leave Belarus behind and you did not have to settle for the expected last place. In the hammer group with France, Sweden and the Netherlands one had to defeat only 6 times in 10 games. Luxembourg were able to write four times in total: the two highlights were, of course, their only win in the group stage against Belarus, which they defeated 1-0 at home and – much higher in footballing terms – the sensational 0: 0 in group winners France. The fact that the qualifiers were nevertheless concluded with a sad score of 8:26 is mainly due to the two away goals in the Netherlands (0: 5) and in Sweden (0: 8). All in all, they proved that you are only a supposedly “small” opponent whose defense is often difficult to overcome.
This was also illustrated by the friendlies in the last calendar year against two European Championship participants, when they defeated Albania 2-1 in June and finally sent Hungary home in November with the same result. In 2018, the Luxembourgers have already played two test matches – both took place in March. First they conceded in their own stadium a 4-0 defeat against Austria, before they could again record a victory, namely a 1-0 in Malta. With this Luxembourg has won 2 of his last 3 friendlies. In general, you have lost only 2 of the last 7 games – an outstanding statistic for a national team with such limited resources. With Vincent Thill, the Luxembourgers definitely have a rough diamond in the team, of which in the future still much can be expected. The 18-year-old is currently kicking at FC Metz and has by far the highest market value of the Luxembourg selection.
In the course of the World Cup qualification Senegal rose in the second round of the qualification phase. There you got to do it with Madagascar. While they had to settle for a 2-1 in the first leg, they sat down clearly in the second leg 3-0. In the third round, in which the respective winners of the group of four will qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Senegal was assigned the group opponents Cape Verde, South Africa and Burkina Faso. Accordingly, the “Lions of Teranga” prevailed after six rounds. 4 wins and 2 draws with a respectable score of 10: 3 – that was the result of the Senegalese vote. After qualifying, they played two matches in March 2018 – both away against Uzbekistan and against Bosnia-Herzegovina. Both times it was not really convincing: A 1-1 draw against Uzbeks was followed by a goalless draw against B.-H. Nevertheless, Senegal has an astonishing record: in all competitions, one is unbeaten in the regular season over 90 minutes since 13 games. Only once did you have to bow to Cameroon on penalties.
On the way to the 2018 World Cup many players were used in the Senegalese national squad – coach Aliou Cisse was forced to make a strong rotation due to many injuries, cancellations and form weaknesses. Significant: No player in the ranks of Senegal will score more than 2 goals in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. Among other things, Sadio Mane and Mame Diouf contributed two hits on the way to the finals in addition to two other players. It can be expected that Sadio Mane will be spared after the CL final in this friendly match. Otherwise, Coach Aliou Cisse can almost draw on the full: Only offensive Keita Balde is suffering from a thigh injury.
Of course, the Senegal goes as a big favorite in the encounter. But it should be mentioned again that Luxembourg in the last friendlies, but also in the World Cup qualifying recorded again and again respect successes. In Senegal, it is also doubtful that the best formation will be sent to the court in the first friendly. If the Africans do not manage a quick goal, the game could turn out to be a more difficult match than expected. The biggest mistake would be to underestimate the Luxembourgers, who will definitely compete highly motivated against the World Cup starter. We do not expect too many hits – supported by the goal statistics of both teams in friendly matches – and therefore opt for an over / under bet.
Prediction Today: Senegal wins