Senegal vs Benin, Wednesday’s match for the Africa Cup of Nations, quarter-finals stage, at The 30 June Stadium, Cairo Governorate, Egypt.
Senegal aims to continue its brilliant start at the African Nations Cup. Even after winning their last showdown with Uganda, Senegal was still seen as the second favourite of the trophy. However, a defeat of the hosts Egypt left them as the side to be observed in this competition, as their impressive variety of talents could be destined to go to the final.
Senegal has long been desired to be this summer success, and without Egypt, they are the most attractive side in the last eight. There is undoubtedly an opening if Senegal can maintain its recent form, despite a 1-0 defeat to the second favourite of the competition, Algeria in the group stage could become a concern for them.
Tournament favourites will be facing a problematic opposition, but the truth is that Benin has not yet won any game in this tournament, but surprised with the 1-1 draw against Morocco. They drew and managed to pass the penalty shoot-out, so Benin can continue to fight and cause difficulties for their opponents. They drew all three of the group’s games and still qualified as one of the best placed third parties, but those results show that they are clearly a limited side.
Benin survived, but the two teams that finished above them are already out. We don’t expect them to last much longer, especially as Senegal continues to bet on the trophy. The favourites have more than enough quality to put Benin team out because I do not expect them to be able to hold out with one more draw.
Senegal has been winning too many games for us to worry about them not winning this one. They have won nine of their last 10 games and their results in this period showed a fantastic balance in defence. They suffered goals in just two of those 10 games, while Benin failed to score in two of their last three games.