Senegal will try to avoid the upset and get back to the final when it faces Burkina Faso in the semifinals of the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday. Senegal lost to Algeria 1-0 in the 2019 final and has never won the continental championship. It is loaded with talented players who compete in the world's top leagues and came into the tournament as the +550 favorite at most sportsbooks. Burkina Faso came in as a +4000 long shot after failing to reach the 2019 tournament. It hasn't won the event, either, but made the final in 2013 and finished third in 2017.
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Senegal as the -115 favorite (risk $115 to win $100) on the 90-minute money line in its latest Burkina Faso vs. Senegal odds, with Burkina Faso the +450 underdog. A draw is priced at +185 and the Over-Under for total goals scored is set at 1.5. Before you lock in your Senegal vs. Burkina Faso picks or make any Africa Cup of Nations predictions, you have to see what proven soccer insider Jon Eimer has to say.
Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge of leagues and players across the globe. Since joining SportsLine, Eimer has covered the English Premier League, Serie A, the FA Cup and much more. The Indiana-based handicapper compiled a winning record of 260-133-1 with over 90 units of profit for his community on various platforms over a recent two-month stretch.
Now, Eimer has broken down Burkina Faso vs. Senegal from all sides and just locked in his coveted picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Eimer's picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Senegal vs. Burkina Faso:
- Burkina Faso vs. Senegal spread: Senegal -0.5 (-120)
- Burkina Faso vs. Senegal over-under: 1.5 goals
- Burkina Faso vs. Senegal money line: Burkina Faso +450, Senegal -115, Draw +185
- BF: Bertrand Traore has scored 13 goals in 63 games
- SEN: Sadio Mane has 28 goals in 84 international matches
Why you should back Senegal
This team is loaded with talent, with several stars from the English Premier League including goalkeeper Edouard Mendy. The Chelsea man is second in the EPL in save percentage (81) and has 24 clean sheets in his past 51 matches. Captain Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli in Italy's Serie A and Abdou DIallo of French Ligue 1 power Paris Saint-Germain are the central defenders. Right back Bouna Sarr (Bayern Munich) leads the tournament in crosses (47).
Senegal had five straight clean sheets before Sunday's 3-1 victory. Sadio Mane of Liverpool is the engine of the attack, and he has two goals and an assist at AFCON. He set up Famara Diedhiou of Turkish Super Lig team Alanyaspor in Sunday's victory. Crystal Palace's Cheikhou Kouyate and Watford's Ismaila Sarr both made critical contributions off the bench with goals in that match. Senegal has lost once since the start of 2021, a 2-1 setback to Namibia last June.
Why you should back Burkina Faso
The team will come in confident and with a chip on its shoulder. Burkina Faso has lost one official game since January 2021, to fellow semifinalist Cameroon in the AFCON group stage at the beginning of January. These teams have met 12 times before, and eight of those were draws, including the past three. Senegal has three wins and Burkina Faso two. The Stallions have scored at least once in 12 of their past 13 games and have put up seven clean sheets over that span.
The team will have an extra day of rest and has solid young attackers, though 19-year-old Dango Ouattara was sent off after scoring Saturday. Cyrille Bayala and Gustavo Sangare are both 25 and each has a goal in this tournament, and 22-year-old Djibril Ouattara has had his chances. The team's best-known player is Aston Villa's Bertrand Traore, who has 13 goals in 63 appearances. He scored in a 1-1 draw in the Round of 16, and Burkina Faso won on penalties.
How to make Burkina Faso vs. Senegal picks
Eimer has taken a close look at Senegal vs. Burkina Faso from every angle. He is leaning Over on the goal total and has a strong play on the winner to go with his full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing his African Cup of Nations picks and predictions at SportsLine.
So who wins Senegal vs. Burkina Faso in Wednesday's Africa Cup of Nations semifinal? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Burkina Faso vs. Senegal, all from the soccer expert who has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the world, and find out.