England VS Senegal FIFA LIVE Football Score 04/12/2022

England VS Senegal FIFA LIVE Football Score 04/12/2022

England look to book their spot in the World Cup quarterfinals for a potential heavyweight matchup with France when they take on Senegal. The Three Lions went unbeaten through the group stage and put on an offensive spectacle, scoring a whopping nine goals in three matches. They are a battle-tested bunch after making it all the way to the Euro final two summers ago, so the moment will not be too big for them. Senegal got a massive win over Ecuador in their final group stage match to book their spot in the knockout stage. The champions of Africa will be looking to book their second ever trip to the quarterfinals, but they are massive underdogs to do so. Mighty mighty England looked fantastic in the group stage outside of the match against the United States. The Three Lions created 5.2 xG in those three matches, which was fifth-highest of anyone in the tournament.

England’s ability to control possession, find space in between the lines and make the crucial line-breaking pass has been the reason why they’ve been so difficult to beat for such a long time. They demolished Wales in their last match of the group stage and their passing networks were a thing of beauty. England will keep the pace of this match slow and intricate, which Senegal are perfectly fine playing. The key for England is beating Senegal in the 1-on-1 situations because their attackers are going to get man-marked. England will also have to take advantage of their set pieces, which have been a staple under Gareth Southgate.

So far this tournament, England have generated have only generated 0.88 xG from set pieces, but England did have the sixth-most crosses in the group stage, which will be a key in breaking down Senegal’s defense. Senegal are an outstanding defensive team. They held all three of their opponents in the group stage under 1 xG but they did allow a ton of possession and chances in their final third and penalty box. They have been a bit vulnerable on set pieces, which we know is England’s bread and butter. Senegal have allowed 21 passes to be completed into the penalty area and 11 of them have been crosses. Only Australia and Ghana have allowed more crosses into the penalty area this tournament.

Against the Netherlands, Senegal did a lot of man-marking, which creates a lot of 1-on-1 opportunities. They have the athleticism, pace and ability to do that, but defending Netherlands attackers is a lot different than England forwards. The concern here for England is Senegal have so much pace to exploit them in transition, so it’s absolutely vital that England do not lose the ball high up the pitch. Senegal stayed very compact against the Netherlands and did not press them high up the pitch, as their PPDA was 16.1 and they only forced four high turnovers.

My guess is that Senegal are going to have the same plan that the United States had against England, which is to take away easy passes to Declan Rice, Jude Bellingham, and Mason Mount in order to force England to play the ball out wide. However, their inability to defend crosses is really concerning. Plus, let’s not forget depth plays a big part in this tournament, and Senegal don’t have that. England have been able to rotate guys throughout throughout the group stage.

I have England projected at -285, so I like them on the spread of -1 at -110 because as we’ve seen from England in this tournament, once the first goal goes in, the space opens up and they can punish you. The group stage of the FIFA World Cup 2022 has culminated, and the Round of 16 kicked off on Saturday. Two games will be on show on Sunday, with the action on the day ending at the Al Bayt Stadium, where England and Senegal will lock horns, vying for a place in the quarter-finals.

England seemed to have earned a favourable draw after qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2022. And the Three Lions did well to top Group B, with the only blip coming against the USA in a 0-0 draw. But Gareth Southgate’s men made light work of Iran and Wales to reach the Round of 16. On the other hand, Senegal took the scenic route to the knockout stages. The Lions of Teranga started with a 2-0 defeat that flattered the Netherlands. But wins over Qatar and Ecuador helped Aliou Cisse’s men secure the runners-up berth in Group A, just as we had predicted in our pre-World Cup preview.

England and Senegal will face off against each other for the very first time on Sunday. And ahead of the maiden meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the FIFA World Cup 2022 encounter. Gareth Southgate does not have any new injury concerns hampering his preparations ahead of the game against Senegal. The England head coach will have a full-strength squad at his disposal on Sunday.

Jordan Pickford is an automatic selection between the sticks. And England will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation in front of him. The backline picks itself, with John Stones and Harry Maguire forming the central defensive partnership. Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw should feature as the full-backs. The selection dilemma begins for Southgate when we move into the midfield and attack. Jordan Henderson looked decent against Wales. But starting the 32-year-old will mean England will start without one attacking body. So Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham will feature in the double pivot, freeing up a player to reprise the no. 10 role.

Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling are the first-choice wide attackers for England. But Phil Foden and Marcus Rashford’s performances will have given Southgate some food for thought. And Sterling might miss out after a few unconvincing performances at this World Cup. In addition, adopting the 4-2-3-1 formation might allow Southgate to accommodate Foden, Saka, and Rashford. Saka and Rashford will start as the wide attackers, with Foden reprising the no. 10 role. Finally, captain Harry Kane will spearhead the attack for England against Senegal.

Unlike his counterpart in the England dugout, Aliou Cisse has one fitness issue to contend with ahead of the trip to the Al Bayt Stadium. The Senegal head coach could be without two players on Sunday. Idrissa Gueye will miss the match due to a suspension after picking up his second booking of the tournament against Ecuador. In addition, Cheikhou Kouyate might be unavailable to take on England due to an ankle injury, although he has resumed training.

So Senegal should shift into a 4-3-3 formation, with Nampalys Mendy returning to the starting eleven. The 30-year-old will sit at the base of the midfield unit, with Pathe Ciss and Pape Gueye lining up alongside him in the middle of the park. The trio will form a defensive-minded midfield unit. Senegal captain Kalidou Koulibaly will look to marshall the backline and keep things tight in the defensive third. Koulibaly will have Abdou Diallo as his central defensive partner, with Youssouf Sabaly and Ismail Jakobs being the two full-backs. Edouard Mendy will take his usual place between the sticks.

Boulaye Dia should spearhead the attack for Senegal against England, with Iliman Ndiaye and Ismaila Sarr being the two wide attackers. Sarr has been the go-to player in the final third for Cisse in Sadio Mane’s absence and should be the danger man for his side on Sunday. Kane usually leads by example by scoring goals in almost every game when he takes the pitch for England. But the 29-year-old has not had his scoring boots on and is yet to find the back of the net at the FIFA World Cup 2022. But the England captain has still made his mark, providing three assists thus far.

His three assists in the group stages made him the first England player to provide as many in a single World Cup edition since David Beckham in 2002. No Englishman has ever made four on record in a single edition of a major tournament before (EURO and World Cup, since 1966). But Gareth Southgate will need Kane to get his scoring form again at a crucial phase of the World Cup. Senegal keeping a clean sheet in a World Cup game is as rare as the sighting of a blue moon. So England should be in business on Sunday at the Al Bayt Stadium. And it will not be surprising if Harry Kane finally breaks his duck at the FIFA World Cup 2022 by finding the back of the net.

But the Lions of Teranga have shown they can give the best teams a run for their money. And Aliou Cisse’s men should thus take the game to England, although they might fall just short in this game. The Hard Tackle predicts a largely evenly-contested affair which should end in a 2-1 England win. And the Three Lions will then face the winner of the game between France and Poland.

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