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Senegal is the most appreciated name among African teams. Senegal is currently in the top 20 strongest teams in the world according to the newly updated FIFA BXH, which is the highest ranking among all the African teams. This is not too surprising because Senegal possesses a very quality squad and impressive records in big playing fields. In Senegal's squad, many talented players are currently playing in Europe and in steady form. For example, Sadio Mane was very impressed in the colors of Liverpool, M'Baye Niang of Stade Rennais or Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli. With such quality names, it's no surprise Senegal is highly valued for its strength and ability to compete in CAN and of course World Cup qualifiers. 

Senegal has gone through two matches in Group I qualifying for CAN 2021 with a winning record. After defeating Congo 2 goals without equalizing in the first match, they continued to have an impressive 4-1 victory over Eswatini in the second match. With 6 points obtained, Senegal is topping Group I with a 3-point distance from Congo in 2nd place. This ranking is not surprising because the group includes less prominent names like Congo, Guinea-Bissau and Eswatini, Senegal is the most appreciated name. These favorable results help the current CAN Cup runner-up in 2019 be highly appreciated in this year's tournament. After completing the first two matches, Senegal did not have any more appearances. The last match they played was from November of last year.

Meeting Senegal in the friendly match tonight is Morocco. This is not a very prominent team in Africa compared to other names. However, with a very scientific and European style and the health of African players, Morocco has many achievements. In addition to the impressive performance at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Morocco is also playing quite well in CAN this year. Remember in 2019, Morocco also defeated Algeria 3-0 in CAN. Other names like Guinea, Burundi or Niger are also their defeats. In the first two matches in CAN this year, Morocco had a goalless draw with Mauritania, before beating Burundi 3 goals without equalizing in the second. With 4 points, Morocco is leading Group E, but only higher than Mauritania in second place in terms of goal difference. Certainly, with the current situation, Morocco will have to work hard to maintain its current position. In 2020, Morocco has yet to play any game and this is the first time they have started since November 2019. In terms of form, Morocco won 2, drew 2 and lost only 1 of the last 5 appearances.

The top superstar Sadio Mane may not be present in the next friendly match, leaving Senegal with many doubts. The Liverpool striker is positive for Covid-19 and will be absent in this match. To be fair, Senegal is the team that is rated better when it comes to possessing high-class strikers playing in big clubs. The lack of service from Mane was a huge cost to Senegal during this trip. That is why the house puts two teams in the matchmaking because the strength of Senegal will certainly be affected. Meanwhile, Morocco entered this match with confidence in having the strongest possible squad. Moreover, in the next 90 minutes, Morocco is also a team with home advantage and Morocco is also a team with a better record against each other. Specifically, Morocco won two-thirds of its recent confrontations against Senegal.

Senegal owns one of the most dangerous strikers in the world right now, Sadio Mané. With the support of good quality names like M'Baye Niang or Ismaïla Sarr, Senegal is not difficult to get many goals every time he plays. With the importance of Mane, the absence of this striker will make the scoring performance of this team significantly decrease. Meanwhile, Morocco often plays cautiously in front of stronger teams and Senegal is one of them. Statistics show that Morocco kept a clean sheet for two thirds of their recent confrontations against Senegal. In addition, the last 14/19 games of Morocco and the last 6/7 matches of Senegal also had no more than 2 goals scored. With these statistics, it is unlikely that many goals will be scored in the next 90 minutes, even though this is a friendly match with an open nature. So inIt is more reasonable to believe in fainting for 2 goals. 




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