Big Game Focus: Uganda v Senegal


Senegal were one of the pre-tournament favourites to lift their first ever Africa Cup of Nations this year. However, Uganda will be looking to spoil the party for the Lions of Teranga when they meet in the last 16. Can the Uganda Cranes do it? Bet on AFCON here. 

The Lions of Teranga are seeking to lift this trophy for the first time but will have to face a stubborn Ugandan side in the last 16. They have underachieved in this tournament in previous years but now have one of the best squads on paper; therefore, it should be interesting to see where Sadio Mane and company reach.

Uganda Cranes returned to the tournament for the first time in 39 years in 2017. Since then, they’ve been on an upward trajectory. This time, they’ve made it to the last 16 and face an uphill task of beating Senegal. Can they cause an upset?

Betting Preview

Senegal beat two East African teams in the group stage, Tanzania and Kenya by an aggregate score of 5-0. The Lions of Teranga have won five of their last six matches. In the last three matches between these two, Senegal has won one and drawn the other two. Therefore, you can back a Senegal Win at odds of 1.47.

The last three meetings between these two teams have seen two goals or fewer. Four of Senegal’s last six matches have seen Under 2.5 Goals while Uganda’s last six matches have all seen two goals or fewer scored. Therefore, you can back Under 2.5 Goals to be scored in this match at odds of 1.31. 

Both teams have scored in just one of Senegal’s last six matches. At least one team has not scored in four of Uganda’s last six matches. Therefore, you can back Both Teams to Score No at odds of 1.33. 

Moreover, you can also back Under 2.5 Goals and Both Teams To Score No combined at odds of 1.49. 

Team news

Edouard Mendy, Salif Sane and Youssouf Sabaly are injured for Senegal.

Uganda had refused to train because of the bonuses owed to them by the country’s Football Association (FUFA) but they ended their boycott and now ready to play Senegal.

Possible line-ups

Uganda: Onyango, Wadada, Awany, Wasswa, Walusimbi, Aucho, Azira, Miya, Kyambadde, Okwi, Abdu

Senegal: Gomis, Gassama, Kouyate, Koulibaly, Ciss, Ndiaye, Gueye, Sarr, Saivet, Mane, Niang