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England breezed through the World Cup group stage but this is where the competition gets real and they will have to be at their best to defeat a Senegal squad that remain a threat despite the absence of their talisman Sadio Mane.
With Sunday’s Round of 16 tie in mind, I’ve delved into all the player stats to come up with a special 149/1 Bet Builder!
149/1 England vs Senegal player specials Bet Builder
England are firm favourites against Senegal so they take the focus when it comes to goalscorers and there are plenty to choose from.
The Three Lions have scored nine goals in their three World Cup games and eight of those have come from the wide players in their front three. Marcus Rashford has averaged a goal every 36 minutes in this tournament and has bagged three, while Bukayo Saka fired in a brace against Iran and Phil Foden scored against Wales in his first start of the tournament.
Rashford looks certain to start and is the standout option after his phenomenal performance against Wales, but Harry Kane shouldn’t be ignored, either. The England captain hasn’t scored in Qatar yet but has 51 goals in 78 England performances, with 19 of those coming from his last 27 matches.
Punters looking to back against England should consider Ismaila Sarr, in the absence of talisman Sadio Mane. The Watford winger opened the scoring from the penalty spot against Ecuador and has scored six goals in the Championship this season.
Harry Kane may have won the Golden Boot in Russia four years ago but the England captain has developed his game since then and turned top provider for the Three Lions. He has already assisted three of England’s nine goals, while Luke Shaw is another promising option now that he has the left-back berth nailed down.
Youssouf Sabaly could be an outside option for Senegal. The right-back has generated 0.6 expected assists and has completed seven key passes.
It’s a similar story for England, with their wide attackers dominating the shots markets but offering little value in the betting market. Looking a bit further back in the predicted lineup does throw up some interesting options, though.
Jude Bellingham has been England’s all-action midfielder and tested the keeper in two of his three appearances, bagging a goal with one of them. He is a shade over evens to hit the target at least once and has had at least one shot on target in eight of his last 12 appearances for club and country.
Harry Maguire looks a huge threat from set pieces and was desperately unlucky not to score against Iran, while he has had one shot on target in two of his last four and can be backed at 5/2, with John Stones a similar option at 7/2.
On Senegal’s side, along with Ismaila Sarr, Boulaye Dia is a likely contender. He has scored once and had two shots on target for Senegal, testing the keeper at least once in seven of his last 11 for club and country and coming in at 6/4.
England are yet to pick up a single card in the World Cup and even during qualifying the only player to receive more than one booking was Tyrone Mings, so Gareth Southgate’s well-behaved bunch are best avoided in the cards market.
Senegal’s main card-magnet, Idrissa Gana Gueye, is already suspended but fellow midfielder Pathe Ciss is a likely runner. He was booked in his 26-minute cameo against Qatar has picked up three yellows for Rayo Vallecano this season.
Kalidou Koulibaly, who has been carded six times in 14 appearances for Chelsea this season, is a higher-priced option, too.
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