International Friendly: Senegal vs Bosnia and Herzegovina – Line-ups, Previews and Predictions
Senegal will be looking to build on their current momentum and gain a fifth win in six games as they step up their preparations for the World Cup.
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19:00 BST, Tuesday 27th March, Stade Océane (Le Havre, France)
One of the World Cup underdogs will be looking for their final victory as Senegal face unqualified Bosnia and Herzegovina in France.
Senegal have won four out of their last five games and are on an impressive run of form as they head to the World Cup this summer. A win against Bosnia and Herzegovina will give the Lions of Teranga a boost as they enter a group including Colombia, Japan and Poland.
Bosnia and Herzegovina are not headed to Russia in June having failed to better Greece’s performances in Group H of the UEFA World Cup qualifiers.
Last Time Out
Senegal 1-1 Uzbekistan (International friendly)
Senegal will be disappointed not to have five wins from five after a shock draw with Uzbekistan in Morocco.
Uzbekistan took the shock lead in the 20th minute thanks to a well-taken penalty by Otabek Shukurov found the bottom right-hand corner.
It would take Senegal until the second half to come back with a goal of their own but couldn’t muster a winner after being in command for most of the game.
After some neat play in the box, Pape Moussa Konate slammed the ball home from seven yards out for the equaliser, but that would be all that they could manage.
Bulgaria 0-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina (International friendly)
Bosnia and Herzegovina were able to pick up just their second win in five games after overcoming Bulgaria by one goal in the Ludogorets Arena.
Sead Kolasinac fired a low ball into a melee of players and Kenan Kondro was able to scramble the ball home in the 20th minute amongst a pack of Bulgarian defenders.
Bosnia were able to hold on to the lead for the rest of the tie an went largely untested.
Bulgaria lost Martin Raynov late on after a deliberate attempt to handle the ball into the net to force a late draw.
Senegal will use this second friendly as another chance to rotate their squad and experiment with some potential players and allows those on the fringe of the squad to prove themselves before the preliminary squad is announced.
Expect, like last week, not to see the like of Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly or M’Biaye Niang.
Bosnia and Herzegovina Lineup
Bosnia will more than likely take this friendly a bit more seriously and use it as a chance to re-establish themselves as well as putting their failure to qualify behind them.
Expect to see some big names such as Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko starting.
Despite this being their final friendly before announcing their preliminary squad, Senegal Coach Aliou Cisse won’t be interested in seeing how his top stars are performing. With fringe players getting a huge opportunity, this will be a very new-look Senegal side.
With the pressure on, it’ll be interesting to see how the players fare and if they can do enough to book their place on the plane to Russia. If they fail, we could see Senegal bring on the marquee players towards the end.
A match against a team with such potential and ability will be a good test to see if Edin Dzeko is still capable of starting on the international scene. With the national captain hitting 32 years of age, the question of whether or he can still lead the team is up for debate.
However, he will be closer to 35 when the next International tournament comes around, so if he is to be on his way out then this game may be a sign of what’s to come for the future of the Bosnian team.
Prediction: Senegal 1-3 Bosnia and Herzegovina
A weakened and trying Senegalese side may not have enough to deal with a Bosnian side that can definitely be a threat when they are connecting.
Bosnia and Herzegovina have a point to prove when it comes to re-establishing themselves in Europe, so a win here could earn them back some of that disappearing respect.