AFCON 2021: Burkina Faso vs Senegal prediction and betting tips (February 2)
Burkina Faso and Senegal set out to fight for a spot in the final of the 2021 AFCON. They have drawn all of their previous head-to-head games. Who will make it past the semi-final in this game?
Sadio Mane (Senegal) dropped a top performance against Equatorial Guinea in the QF
Sadio Mane (Senegal) dropped a top performance against Equatorial Guinea in the QF

Burkina Faso will play Senegal in the semi-final of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. GMT on Wednesday, 2 February 2022. The match venue is Paul Biya Stadium, Olembe, Cameroon.

Latest betting odds

Burkina Faso to win odds are situated at 5.50 (+450 American; 9/2 Fractional), the odds for a draw are situated at 3.30 (+230; 23/10), while Senegal to win odds are situated at 1.77 (-130; 10/13).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Burkina Faso — 17%, draw — 29%, Senegal — 54%.

Latest betting odds on Burkina Faso vs Senegal (2 February 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.90 (+190; 19/10)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.42 (-236; 25/59)
  • Asian handicap (+0.75) on Burkina Faso — 1.80 (-125; 4/5)
  • Asian handicap (-0.75) on Senegal — 1.94 (-106; 50/53)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.75 (+175; 7/4)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.42 (-236; 25/59)

Match preview and statistics

Burkina Faso have made it to the semi-final of the tournament. Les Etalons beat Tunisia 1-0 in the quarter-final to make it to the next round. They haven’t won the AFCON title before, the last time Burkina Faso was close in the 2013 edition where they finished as runners-up. In the 2017 edition, they finished in fourth place.

Dango Ouattara scored the winning goal on the stroke of halftime with a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal, assisted by Ibrahim Blati Toure. Dango Ouattara got a red card in the 83rd minute for violent conduct, the card was upgraded after the VAR decision.

Team statistics: 39% possession, 10 total shots, eight chances created, one big chance, five shots on target, 193 accurate passes, 74% pass accuracy, 17 fouls conceded, five corners, two offsides, five yellow cards, one red card.

Gustavo Sangare dropped a good performance in the game, completed two dribbles, was the most fouled player (3 times), had two tackles, made two clearances, made three interceptions and won nine duels. Edmond Tapsoba won six duels, made five clearances and completed 3/3 dribbles.

Burkina Faso team news: Dango Ouattara is suspended due to a red card from the last match.

Senegal have made it to two back-to-back semi-finals at the tournament. They made it to the 2019 AFCON semi-final and are in this year’s own. The Lions of Teranga look forward to winning their first AFCON title this year.

They beat Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in the quarter-final. Famara Diedhiou opened the scoring in the 28th minute with a left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner, assisted by Sadio Mane with a through ball. Jannick Buyla Sam levelled the scores in the 56th minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Pablo Ganet.

Cheikhou Kouyate restored their lead in the 67th minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner. Ismaila Sarr called it a day in the 78th minute with the third goal for the Lions. Sarr scored with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Saliou Ciss.

Team statistics: 44% possession, 11 total shots, 10 chances created, three big chances, five shots on target, 245 accurate passes, 78% possession, four corners, one offside, two yellow cards.

Despite getting injured in the previous two games, Sadio Mane came back stronger in the last match. He created the most chances (4), had three key passes, won the most duels (9) and provided an assist.

Senegal team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.

Burkina Faso vs Senegal H2H

This is going to be the fifth meeting between both sides. Burkina Faso and Senegal have drawn the previous four head-to-head matches. The last time they met was in 2017 in the World Cup qualifiers 3rd round, both teams drew 2-2 in the meeting.

Key players and lineups

Burkina Faso projected starting lineup:

  • Herve Kouakou Koffi
  • Steeve Yago
  • Soumaila Ouattara
  • Edmond Tapsoba
  • Issa Kabore
  • Ibrahim Touré
  • Adama Guira
  • Mohamed Konate
  • Gustavo Sangare
  • Boureima Bande
  • Bertrand Traore

Gustavo Sangere is the key player to watch out for. He had a good game in the last match against Tunisia, completed two dribbles, was the most fouled player (3 times), had two tackles, made two clearances, made three interceptions and won the most duels (9). Sangare has only one goal in the tournament and looks forward to being on the scoresheet.

Senegal projected starting lineup:

  • Edouard Mendy
  • Bouna Sarr
  • Kalidou Koulibaly
  • Abdou Diallo
  • Saliou Ciss
  • Cheikhou Kouyate
  • Nampalys Mendy
  • Idrissa Gana Gueye
  • Sadio Mane
  • Boulaye Dia
  • Famara Diedhiou

Sadio Mane is the key player to watch out for. He’s leading the team in this match as they seek a spot in the final. Mane dropped a top performance in the last match against Equatorial Guinea, created four chances, won nine duels and assisted the opening goal. The forward has two goals and an assist in the tournament.

Betting tips and prediction

Senegal have great momentum ahead of their semi-final game. The Lions of Teranga want to win the title this time around. They are unbeaten in the tournament with three wins and two draws. Burkina Faso are in good form ahead of this game. They have three wins, a draw and a loss in the tournament.

Based on current form, Senegal are favourites to win, they have been winning games with ease compared to their opponent. Although anything could happen, the Lions of Teranga are very much in shape. Nobody has beaten each other in their history of meetings, they’ve drawn all their head-to-head games. Predictions for this tie are Senegal to win, and over 1.5 goals.

Betting prediction: Senegal to win

Odds: 1.77 (-130 American; 10/13 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 1.5 goals

Odds: 1.60 (-165 American; 20/33 Fractional)

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Burkina Faso — Senegal
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