FIFA U-20 World Cup Preview and Predictions: Senegal vs Israel

FIFA U-20 World Cup Preview and Predictions: Senegal vs Israel
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The second round of the FIFA U-20 World Cup fixtures has started. The African U20 champions, Senegal, who lost their first game in the tournament to Japan, will go head-to-head with the Israel U20 side at the Estádio Unico Diego Armando Maradona in La Plata on Wednesday. Israel will be equally eager to earn three points as they, too, suffered defeat in their opening FIFA U-20 World Cup fixture.

Senegal U20 vs Israel U20 Match Preview

Senegal

Senegal suffered a surprising 1-0 defeat to Japan in their first FIFA U-20 World Cup fixture. The Japanese sensation Kuryu Matsuki scored the all-important goal that won his side all three points in the 15th minute. The African conquerors, who had not lost nor conceded a goal in six official games, couldn't restore parity despite being the better side for a large part of the game. Malik Daf's side will be eager to bounce back with a win over Israel to cushion their chances of making it into the next round.

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Israel

The U20 World Cup debutants also lost their opening game of this tournament. After putting their noses in front 12 minutes into the second half, Israel collapsed in the last 20 minutes as Colombia snatched a 2-1 win. The Euro U19 finalists have a challenging opponent in Senegal to contend with but will need to get something out of the game to keep their Round of 16 qualification hopes alive.

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Senegal U20 vs Israel U20 Match Predictions

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1st Prediction: Senegal to Win

The shocking loss to Japan should be a source of motivation for the Teranga Lions, who were unbeaten in 10 matches. Malik Daf's side has a solid defence that has kept opponents at bay and has players who can score goals as well. They'll bring their A-game defensively to shut out Israel and attack as a unit to get the job done. While Israel can spring a surprise and upset the odds, we're backing the Senegalese to claim a comfortable win to get themselves on track.

2nd Prediction: Both Teams to Score

Senegal's defence didn't concede in their last six official games ahead of this tournament. However, Japan found the back of the net, which could affect Senegal's confidence defensively. Also, as Senegal aim to take all three points and attack Israel, the European side could find spaces and score. As both sides want to win, they'll attack each other, leading to goals at both ends.

Head-to-Head

This will be the first meeting between the two sides.

Senegal U20 vs Israel U20 Lineups

We might see both sides field the same lineups from their last match. That said, official lineups will be out at least an hour before kickoff.

Frequently Asked Questions About Senegal U20 vs Israel U20

What time will the Senegal vs Israel FIFA U-20 World Cup match kick-off?

The Senegal vs Israel FIFA U-20 World Cup match will kick off at 7 PM West African Time.

Which venue will host the Senegal vs Israel FIFA U-20 World Cup match?

The Senegal vs Israel FIFA U-20 World Cup match will be played at the Estádio Unico Diego Armando Maradona in La Plata, Argentina.

Who are the bookies' favourites to win this FIFA U-20 World Cup match?

Senegal is favoured to win this FIFA U-20 World Cup match.

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