Senegal had no problems reaching the World Cup qualifiers play-off stage, ending the group path with five victories and just a draw away to Togo in the fifth round when they already secured the first position.
Other rivals were Namibia and Congo, as Senegalese showed their domination all over the group and are definitely not only one of the AFCON favorites, but it would be really a shame not to see them in Qatar too, being one of the emerging African football nations currently.
Their last defeat goes back to late 2020 when they suffered a 3:1 loss to Morocco and such a run speaks for itself.
Forward Sarr (40/9) is injured, while covid outbreak in the squad means that central defender Koulibaly (53/0, Napoli) and goalkeeper Mendy (16/0, Chelsea) miss out. Forwards Diedhiou (18/9, Alanyaspor), Thiam (3/0, Kayserispor), Dieng (3/0, Marseille), offensive midfielder Sarr (4/0, Metz), midfielder Mendy (8/0, Leicester), and left-back Ciss (29/0, Nancy) should miss out for the same reason too.
Zimbabwe was quite lucky to find themselves for the first time at the African Cup of Nations, ending second in the group with just a point more than third-placed Zambia, in quite a balanced group – after all, they finished the qualifications with six goals scored and eight conceded – quite uncommon for the second-placed team.
However, things became much tougher in the World Cup qualifiers, as they only collected two points in matches against Ghana, South Africa, and Ethiopia, scoring just two goals in these six rounds.
Not only those appearances are of a more recent time, but also probably show their real qualities and potential better, at least at the moment.
Midfielder Nakamba (23/0, Aston Villa) is a serious blow for the Zimbabweans. Midfielder Billiat (48/17, Kaizer Chiefs) retired from playing international football a couple of months ago.
Senegal vs Zimbabwe H2H
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Levels above with firm approach
Senegal comes as one of the favorites of the complete tournament and should take it seriously from the start. Without any doubt, they are a strong favorite in this one, with Zimbabwe not being anywhere close to the opponent’s standards at their debuting appearance.
Moreover, they are entering the game with a really ugly run recently and will definitely have a very difficult time. The covid outbreak is something that nobody has planed within the Senegalese federation, however, even so, they remain a strong favorite – maybe even better for this bet, they won’t be taking many risks at the back.