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Senegal vs Cameroon Prediction and Tips

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
18 January 2024, 12:11

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The 2023 Africa Cup of Nations is not slowing down, and after the opening matches, a whole set of entertaining clashes awaits us in the second round of the group stage. In particular, many will be looking forward to the game between Senegal and Cameroon on Friday, January 19. The kick-off is scheduled for 5 pm local time.

A key point in our Senegal vs Cameroon prediction will be the situation in Group C, as the two teams had very different debuts at the tournament. Thus, a disappointing result on Friday could put an end to Cameroon’s prospects.

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Senegal started their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations campaign with a 3-0 win over Gambia. The Lions of Teranga are currently placed first in Group C with three points.

In terms of recent form, Aliou Cisse's team sits on the back of four wins and one draw in the last five matches across all competitions. They have scored nine goals and have not conceded any.

The situation in Group C will also be important in our Senegal vs Cameroon tips. The Lions of Teranga can virtually secure their place in the play-offs in case of a victory on Friday.

Senegal are the defending champions, winning the tournament in 2021 for the first time in their history.

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Cameroon, on the other hand, had a slower start to the tournament with a 1-1 with Guinea. Coached by Rigobert Song, the Indomitable Lions are second in Group C with one point.

Cameroon have recorded one win, three draws and one loss in the latest five matches, scoring six goals and conceding four. The Indomitable Lions are on a run of three consecutive 1-1 draws.

With a poorer form and having started the competition on the wrong foot, the Senegal vs Cameroon odds are expectedly seeing Rigoberto Song’s team at a disadvantage on Friday. 

Cameroon have been crowned African champions five times in the past, most recently in 2017.

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Best odds: Senegal vs Cameroon

Betting Tips for Senegal vs Cameroon

Under 2.5 goals

Although the two sides clashing on Friday are typically considered among the best in Africa, we do not expect too entertaining of a match. Thus, our first Senegal vs Cameroon prediction is under 2.5 goals, with Bet365 offering 1.47 odds on it.

Senegal may have scored nine goals in the last five matches, but these numbers are inflated by the high-scoring wins over Gambia and South Sudan. Cameroon, despite the underwhelming form, are a much more solid team, especially in defence.

And speaking about Cameroon, they have a very conservative playing style, emphasising defensive solidity above everything else. In the last five games, their 3-0 win over Mauritius stands out as the only match with three or more goals. We expect that the upcoming match will resemble the friendly game between the two back in October, when Senegal beat Cameroon 1-0.

Senegal win

Just like Senegal won against Cameroon in the friendly match, we expect Aliou Cisse’s men to get the full three points on Friday. Bet365 give 1.95 odds on a win for the Senegalese. 

Senegal are undoubtedly in a better form at the moment, and we expect this trend to continue. They have an impressive roster with the likes of Edouard Mendy in goal, Kalidou Koulibaly in defence and, of course, Sadio Mane leading the attack. In terms of names alone, Senegal should be considered one of the better teams at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Things are looking bleak for Cameroon, though, who have won just two matches in 2023. And we have to mention the fact that those were wins against Burundi and Mauritius, not exactly great teams. While Cameroon do desperately need a positive result, we just don’t see why things would change for the better overnight.

Sadio Mane to score anytime

Although we’ve mentioned that goals are not necessarily the thing to expect on Friday, we would like to go ahead and name one player who we think has the best chances of getting on the scoreboard – Sadio Mane. The odds on him scoring anytime against Cameroon stand at 3.10.

The 31-year-old did not score against Gambia in the previous match but he did provide an assist. The forward appears to be in great shape at the moment, having scored eight goals in 18 Saudi Pro League matches in 2023/24.

With 40 goals in 102 appearances for Senegal, Sadio Mane is the best goalscorer in the history of his national team, so who else to lead the group forward on Friday? What’s more, he knows what it means to score past Cameroon, converting the penalty in the 1-0 win from back in October.

Please remember to always gamble responsibly. Our Senegal vs Cameroon tips are only suggestions, not a call to action. Always rely on your own judgement in the end.