Senegal predicted XI against Equador: Extra firepower for win-seeking Lions?

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The Chelsea goalkeeper was prone to mistakes in the 2-0 loss to the Netherlands, but against the hosts, he was outstanding

Edouard Mendy is expected to keep the Senegal gloves when they take on Ecuador in their last World Cup Group A game at Khalifa International Stadium.

Coach Alio Cisse is expected to go again with the attacking firepower of Boulaye Dia and Famara Diedhiou, while Bamba Dieng, who scored the third goal against Qatar, should start from the bench.

La Tri have been impressive after an opening win over Qatar and a comeback that saw them share the spoils with the Dutch on matchday two.

Here is how we predict the Teranga Lions to line up on Wednesday.

  1. Edouard Mendy
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    Edouard Mendy

    After being at least partially to blame for the loss against the Netherlands, the Chelsea goalkeeper redeemed himself in the match against Qatar.

    He pulled off key saves as Senegal recorded their first win in the tournament, therefore Cisse is expected to keep faith in Mendy on Tuesday.

  2. Ismail Jakobs
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    Ismail Jakobs

    He made his first start in the tournament in the match against Qatar and was outstanding at left-back.

    Given his performance, the marauding full-back should keep his place in the first team.

  3. Youssouf Sabaly
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    Youssouf Sabaly

    Sabaly struggled at times to keep Qatar’s Akram Afif in check, but as the game progressed, his confidence grew, and he managed to shut down the opponents from attacking along the right flank.

    He is a certain candidate to man the right-back position once more.

  4. Kalidou Koulibaly

    Kalidou Koulibaly

    Koulibaly was on top of his game and managed to deal with the aerial threats posed by the Qataris in an efficient manner.

    Against Ecuador, his experience and ability to handle crosses coming into the box will come in handy for the African champions.

  5. Abdou Diallo
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    Abdou Diallo

    With the growing solidity between Koulibaly and Diallo, Cisse is not expected to tinker with his defensive formation for the decisive game.

    Should Enner Valencia be passed fit, Diallo and Koulibaly will have to be on top of their game to deal with the top scorer of the tournament so far.

  6. Nampalys Mendy
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    Nampalys Mendy

    Mendy was a dominating midfield figure in the last two matches.

    As they hope to get a victory against the South Americans, Mendy’s game should not drop a bit in order to give his side an advantage in the midfield battle.

  7. Idrissa Gueye
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    Idrissa Gueye

    Gueye’s partnership with Mendy has been flourishing.

    They are expected to be the main men for Senegal against Ecuador, and just like Gueye performed in their previous match, he needs to maintain the same level on Tuesday.

  8. Krepin Diatta
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    Krepin Diatta

    His performances so far have not been questioned, and a change in the left forward position is not at all foreseeable.

  9. Ismailia Sarr
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    Ismailia Sarr

    Has shown a glimpse of brilliance in the last two games. His creativity, speed, and precision have regularly given the Teranga Lions a fighting chance.

    Sarr is one of the key players that Ecuador will have to keep under constant surveillance because he can cause havoc if accorded a little space.

  10. Boulaye Dia
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    Boulaye Dia

    He scored the first goal for the African champions when he broke the deadlock in the first half.

    As the main man to lead Senegal’s attacks, Dia will come under constant pressure by the Ecuadorian defenders.

  11. Famara Diedhiou
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    Famara Diedhiou

    He was introduced into the starting lineup in the Qatar showdown and ended up scoring.

    Given the stakes the Ecuador match carries, Cisse should field both Dia and Diedhiou to spearhead his attack.