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Senegal predicted XI: Mendy to be dropped against wounded World Cup hosts Qatar

2:17 PM GMT+4 24/11/2022
Senegal players, November 2022
The Lions of Teranga will view this as a must-win match, but how will coach Aliou Cisse's side line-up against the Maroons?

Senegal will square off with hosts Qatar in a 2022 Fifa World Cup Group A match at Al Thumama Stadium on Friday.
The Lions of Teranga got off to a losing start in their group stage campaign when they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Monday.
It is now imperative for the African champions to overcome the Maroons in order to boost their ambitions of reaching the knockout phase.
Here, GOAL takes a look at coach Aliou Cisse's possible starting line-up against Qatar who lost 2-0 to Ecuador in Sunday's Group A opener.

  • Seny Dieng of Senegal Afcon 2021.

    GOALKEEPER - Seny Dieng

    The Switzerland-born shot-stopper, who played twice during Senegal's successful 2021 Afcon campaign, has been tipped to replace Eduardo Mendy between the sticks with the latter having endured a poor game against the Dutch.

  • Youssouf Sabaly and Memphis Depay.

    RIGHT-BACK - Youssouf Sabaly

    The 29-year-old, who is a permanent fixture in the team's line-up, showed his quality as he contained wingers Memphis Depay and Steven Bergwijn during the match against the Dutch. 

  • Abdou Diallo of Senegal.

    LEFT-BACK - Abdou Diallo

    Senegal have indicated that the RB Leipzig star is fine to return to training immediately despite going off with muscle cramps on Monday and he is expected to start with Fode Ballo Toure being an injury doubt.

  • Pape Abou Cisse of Senegal

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Pape Abou Cisse

    The towering centre back, who brings aerial prowess to the Lions of Teranga's defence, has formed a good central defensive partnership with Kalidou Koulibaly.

  • Kalidou Koulibaly against the Netherlands.

    CENTRAL DEFENDER - Kalidou Koulibaly

    The Senegal captain will be determined to marshall the defence and ensure that they keep a clean sheet, while also leading his side to their first win in Qatar.

  • Nampalys Mendy

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDER - Nampalys Mendy

    The Leicester City star will be looking to stamp his authority in midfield and put the West African giants in a good position to win this encounter. 

  • Pape Gueye and Memphis Depay


    The imposing central midfielder featured as a substitute against the Dutch and he might be handed a starting berth as a replacement for the injured Cheikhou Kouyate.

  • Idrissa Gueye of Senegal Qatar 2022.

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER - Idrissa Gana Gueye

    The veteran player was the most advanced midfielder as the Lions of Teranga created chances without converting them on Monday and he is likely to continue in this role.

  • MF_Krepin Diatta

    RIGHT FORWARD - Krepin Diatta

    With Sadio Mane missing, Cisse will look to the AS Monaco winger who has the dribbling skills to cut open the Qatari defence and either create or score goals. 

  • Ismaila Sarr of Senegal.

    LEFT FORWARD - Ismaila Sarr

    The lanky winger got himself into good positions against the Netherlands, but he was let down by poor finishing and he will be eager to make amends in Doha. 

  • FW_Famara Diedhiou

    CENTRE FORWARD - Famara Diedhiou

    Having been Senegal's top scorer during their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign, the Turkey-based marksman could be handed a starting berth with Cisse's side desperate for goals.