The Lions of Senegal make their debut in this World Cup in Qatar (November 20 – December 18), this Monday afternoon, with a good poster against the Netherlands at the Al Thumama stadium in Doha, during the first day of the group A. After Ecuador’s victory against Qatar in Sunday’s opening match, both teams will be looking for a first success to come back to Gustavo Alfaro’s players.
On the Senegal side, coach Aliou Cissé will have to compose without his star Sadio Mané, now forfeited for the World Cup. It is therefore Ismaila Sarr who will replace him in attack alongside Krepin Diatta and Boulaye Dia, according to the Senegalese media. Formose Mendy will start on the right with the injury of Fodé Ballo Touré. Youssouf Sabaly will camp the left flank of the defense. For the rest, the Senegalese classic with Edouard Mendy in the cages, the central defense will be provided by the pair Kalidou Koulibaly – Abdou Diallo, while Gana Gueye and Nampalys Mendy will occupy the midfield with Pape Matar Sarr.
Surprises on the Oranjes side
For the Dutch Oranjes, the task is not so simple with the announced absence of Memphis Depay still too short to start. The former Lyonnais will be replaced by Vincent Janssen. In his last press conference, coach Louis Van Gaal revealed several ideas for his starting lineup, pointing out the balance between team players and creative players.
To compensate for the creative qualities of Depay, Cody Gakpo will then start as an attacking midfielder, alongside the traditional pair Frenkie de Jong and Marten de Roon. Up front, the chosen attacking duo will consist of Janssen and Steven Bergwijn. In defense, the central trio will be formed by Daley Blind, Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Ake, accompanied by the two side Denzel Dumfries and Jurriën Timber. The surprise lies in the cages where the Netherlands will opt for Andries Noppert, who will celebrate his very first selection at 28 years old.
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The probable compositions
Senegal: E.Mendy – F.Mendy, Koulibaly, Diallo, Sabaly – Gueye, N.Mendy, PM Sarr – I.Sarr, Diatta, Dia
Netherlands: Noppert – Dumfries, Blind, van Dijk, Ake, Timber – de Jong, de Roon, Gakpo – Janssen, Bergwijn