Aliou Cisse. The former defender is set to be one of the youngest coaches at the World Cup and was initially asked to take temporary charge of the side following Amara Traore's sacking, but has remained in position since 2015.

After making great progress under the late Bruno Metsu, much is expected of Cisse's side and he will need to ensure his side remain strong all over the pitch.


Method Of Qualification

Senegal were drawn in group D of the African qualifying section alongside South Africa, Burkina Faso and the Cape Verde Islands but made light work of the challenge securing their place in Russia with a game to spare.


They managed to remain unbeaten in all six games and only conceded three goals along the way. They ended up dominating the group but didn't get off to the fastest start with just five points accumulated from their opening three matches.


Star Player Of Qualifying

Sadio Mane only netted twice throughout the qualifying campaign but did miss a couple of games through injury.

When the Liverpool forward featured he provided some much-needed flair, great off the ball movement and helped his side secure their place at the tournament.

He is likely to play a huge part and if he can stay fit, some may be tempted by the 200/1 for him to finish as the competition's top goalscorer.


Most Memorable World Cup Moment

Senegal are playing in just their second ever World Cup with their debut in the 2002 tournament a hugely memorable month.

They opened with a shock 1-0 victory against current holders France before two further draws secured their place in the knockout round.

A Henri Camara double secured their place in the quarter-finals at the expense of Sweden but their journey came to an end in Osaka with Turkey narrowly prevailing in extra time.

The Lions truly announced their arrival on the international stage and several players such as El Haji-Diouf and Papa Bouba Diop were snapped up by European clubs as a result of their performances. 


Predicted Finish

Senegal are not expected to progress to the knockout round but they've been written off before and both Poland and Colombia should be wary of the African outfit.

The Lions are 7/5 to finish in the top two of Group H and they look a good shout to spring a surprise once again under 2002 hero Aliou Cisse and make the final 16.


Recommended Bet

The aforementioned 7/5 for Senegal to finish in the top two of Group H looks a great bet.

They open against Poland and with the likes of Sadio Mane and Keita Balde in their side, they can cause some problems. 49/50 for Both Teams to Score in their first match looks tempting.


*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*

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