Few goals have been the major highlight in Senegal’s matches at AFCON 2021, and they meet up with Cape Verde in the Round of 16, with Cape Verde also having experienced the same problems. Senegal finished top of Group B but with just one goal, and five points out of a possible nine. The finalists in the last edition of AFCON have struggled to get their tournament rolling, with their only goal coming from a stoppage time penalty against Zimbabwe. They’ve however been strong defensively and will definitely continue in growth with Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly returning to the squad, having missed due to covid. Senegal haven’t conceded a goal at AFCON 2021, and have four clean sheets in the last five matches. They have four straight wins over Cape Verde in previous meetings.
In their three group games, Cape Verde managed one win and one clean sheet, finishing third with four points in their group. They haven’t scored a lot of goals lately, managing just two in their group matches, with each of their last four games producing under 2.5 goals. Cape Verde haven’t managed more than a goal in their last four matches and the numbers are even leaner in matches played at AFCON finals. In their last five AFCON matches, Cape Verde have one win and have failed to score in three of the five matches. They have three clean sheets in their last five matches at AFCON finals and coming into this game, they drew 1-1 with Cameroon. They have scored no goal in their last four meetings with Senegal before, and each of these four matches had under 2.5 goals. In their 10 AFCON matches, Cape Verde have managed just two wins.
Cape Verde and Senegal are coming from really low-scoring games and as they face off here, we don’t expect a lot of goals. Even in their last four meetings, all which Senegal won, Cape Verde failed to score and these four matches produced under 2.5 goals. Go for Under 2.5 goals here.