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Missing the talismanic Sadio Mane and beaten in their opener by the Netherlands, Senegal could do with a dose of World Cup cheer.

Fortunately, their next Group A game sees them come up against hosts Qatar, who looked shambolic en route to defeat against Ecuador on the opening day of the tournament.

Another defeat for either team here and it would be difficult to make a case for them reaching the knockout stages.

Below are the predicted lineups for both sides ahead of this Group A match.

Qatar vs Senegal lineups

After being undone by poor performances in goal in their opening games, both teams are considering taking the unusual step of replacing their goalkeepers for this one.

Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy, who made errors for both Netherlands goals, would be the man to pay the price for Senegal. And there is stiff competition between Alfred Gomis and Seny Dieng to be the man to replace him if that happens.

As for Qatar, they are weighing up whether to drop 80-cap Saad Al-Sheeb for Meshaal Barsham, who has a comparatively paltry 15 national team appearances to his name.

Qatar predicted starting 11

Qatar (5-3-2, right to left): 22. Barsham (GK) – 2. Pedro Miguel, 16. Khoukhi, 3. Hassan, 15. Al Rawi, 14. Ahmed – 12. Boudiaf, 6. Hatim, 10. Al-Haydos – 11. Afif, 19. Ali

  • Injured: none
  • Suspended: none

    live:Qatar vs Senegal World Cup
    live:Qatar vs Senegal World Cup

Qatar have no fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of their second group game, and so could name a similar starting line-up, apart from that possible change in goal.

Senegal predicted starting 11

(4-3-3, right to left): 23. S. Dieng (GK) — 21. Sabaly, 12. P. Cisse, 3. Koulibaly, 4. A. Diallo — 13. P. Gueye, 6. N. Mendy, 5. I. Gueye — 15. Diatta, 21. Dia, 18. I. Sarr

  • Injured: Ballo-Toure (hamstring)
  • Suspended: none

With Fode Ballo-Toure yet to resume full training, Abdou Diallo is likely to continue to deputise at left-back for Senegal.

Cheick Kouyate will need to be replaced in midfield after being forced off against the Netherlands, and Pape Gueye could be the man to get the nod.

Qatar vs Senegal World Cup squads

Here are the 26 names on each team’s squad lists at the World Cup in Qatar:


Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Saad Al-Sheeb Al-Sadd (QAT) 32 80
GK 22 Meshaal Barsham Al-Sadd (QAT) 24 15
GK 21 Yousuf Hassan Al-Gharafa (QAT) 26 9
DEF 2 Pedro Miguel Al-Sadd (QAT) 32 78
DEF 13 Musaab Khidir Al-Sadd (QAT) 29 29
DEF 5 Tarek Salman Al-Sadd (QAT) 24 54
DEF 4 Mohammed Waad Al-Sadd (QAT) 23 20
DEF 15 Bassam Al Rawi Al-Duhail (QAT) 24 51
DEF 16 Boualem Khoukhi Al-Sadd (QAT) 32 99
DEF 17 Ismail Mohammad Al-Duhail (QAT) 32 66
DEF 14 Homam Ahmed Al-Gharafa (QAT) 23 27
MID 3 Abdelkarim Hassan Al-Sadd (QAT) 29 120
MID 25 Jassim Jabir Al-Arabi (QAT) 20 0
MID 8 Ali Asad Al-Sadd (QAT) 29 56
MID 23 Assim Madibo Al-Duhail (QAT) 26 43
MID 20 Salem Al-Hajri Al-Sadd (QAT) 26 23
MID 26 Tarek Mustafa Al-Sadd (QAT) 21 1
MID 12 Karim Boudiaf Al-Duhail (QAT) 32 108
MID 6 Abdulaziz Hatim Al-Rayyan (QAT) 32 96
MID 24 Naif Al-Hadhrami Al-Rayyan (QAT) 21 1
MID 10 Hassan Al-Haydos Al-Sadd (QAT) 31 160
FWD 7 Ahmed Alaaeldin Al-Gharafa (QAT) 29 45
FWD 11 Akram Afif Al-Sadd (QAT) 25 83
FWD 19 Almoez Ali Al-Duhail (QAT) 26 82
FWD 9 Mohammed Muntari Al-Duhail (QAT) 28 41
FWD 18 Khalid Muneer Al-Wakrah (QAT) 24 3


Position No. Player Club Age Caps
GK 1 Edouard Mendy Chelsea (ENG) 30 25
GK 25 Alfred Gomis Rennes (FRA) 29 14
GK 23 Seny Dieng  QPR (ENG) 27 3
DEF 3 Kalidou Koulibaly Chelsea (ENG) 31 63
DEF 12 Pape Abou Cisse Olympiacos (GRE) 27 12
DEF 4 Abdou Diallo  RB Leipzig (GER) 26 18
DEF 22 Fode Ballo-Toure AC Milan (ITA) 25 14
DEF 14 Moustapha Name Pafos (CYP) 27 6
DEF 11 Formose Mendy Amiens (FRA) 21 2
DEF 6 Moussa Ndiaye Anderlecht (BEL) 20 0
DEF 7 Youssouf Sabaly Real Betis (SPA) 29 24
DEF 8 Cheikhou Kouyate Nottingham Forest (ENG) 32 82
MID 5 Idrissa Gueye  Everton (ENG) 33 95
MID 6 Nampalys Mendy Leicester City (ENG) 30 18
MID 13 Pape Gueye  Marseille (FRA) 23 11
MID 17 Pape Matar Sarr Tottenham (ENG) 20 8
MID 24 Mamadou Loum N’Diaye Reading (ENG) 25 3
MID 16 Pathe Ciss Rayo Vallecano (SPA) 28 0
MID 15 Krepin Diatta  Monaco (FRA) 23 25
FWD 10 Sadio Mane* Bayern Munich (GER) 30 92
FWD 18 Ismalia Sarr Watford (ENG) 24 47
FWD 21 Boulaye Dia Salernitana (ITA) 25 18
FWD 20 Bamba Dieng Marseille (FRA) 22 12
FWD 9 Iliman Ndiaye Sheffield United (ENG) 27 14
FWD 19 Famara Diedhou Alanyaspor (TUR) 29 24
FWD 25 Nicolas Jackson Villarreal (SPA) 21 22


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