Senegal will be keen to put in a good performance without talisman Sadio Mané and heap further misery on hosts Qatar.
After a lacklustre show against Ecuador in the opening game, Felix Sanchez Bas will hope that his side will at least put up some resistance against the AFCON champions. With that loss, they also became the first host nation in World Cup history to lose their opening fixture. They were outplayed in every department and the reigning Asian champions did not even have a shot on target.
Meanwhile, Senegal also have a lot of catching up to do after going down against the Netherlands in their opener. Edouard Mendy had a bad day at the office which allowed the Dutch to race away with a 2-0 win. It was evident that they were missing their talisman Sadio Mane and Aliou Cisse would hope that Ismaila Sarr will start producing the goods.
Who: Qatar v Senegal, Group A
Where: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
When: Friday, November 25, 7pm (16:00 GMT)
Head to head: This is the first competitive fixture between the two nations.
Qatar, the first host nation in World Cup history to lose their opening fixture, will be keen to prevent another loss and consequently, an early exit from the competition by getting a good result against Senegal, who also lost their first game.
There is a gulf between both sides on the FIFA rankings, with Senegal in 18th place, far above Qatar in 50th.
The Senegalese will look to translate this to on-the-pitch success and take advantage of the weaknesses the Ecuador team exploited in the opening game.
On their part, the Teranga Lions who conceded two late goals to the Oranje due to a goalkeeping error and defensive frailty will have to step up their game.
Qatari goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb who had a worse time in the first game than Senegal’s Edouard Mendy had in his, will have to stop an expected barrage of attempts from Senegalese attackers.
Left winger Ismaila Sarr who relentlessly troubled the Dutch defence with his mazy runs, dribbling, and shooting, may particularly fancy his chances in a bid to cushion the loss of injured talisman Sadio Mane.
Mane, a two-time African Footballer of the Year, was injured while playing for Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, after being expected to shoulder the expectations of the West African nation.
Coach Aliou Cisse will be hoping his forwards who are present in Doha are less profligate on Friday against the Qataris who succumbed easily to Ecuador.
Qatar squad & team news
Qatar have no injury concerns going into this game. However, Sanchez might opt to change a couple of names from the XI that started against Ecuador.
To that end, goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb may make way for Meshaal Barsham. It is also worth noting that Akram Afif, Almoez Ali, Al Sheeb and Karim Boudiaf are just a caution away from suspension.
Qatar predicted XI: Barsham; Pedro Miguel, Khoukhi, Salman, A Hassan, Ahmed; Al Haydos, Boudiaf, Hatem; Ali, Afif
Nobody expects Qatar and Senegal to qualify for the knockout stages. Their fans, however, will want to see their team qualify from a group that has Ecuador and the Netherlands as the favourites to move on to the next round. A victory in this match will keep the dream alive for Qatar and Senegal. Neither of the teams, however, would qualify if the Ecuador vs Netherlands match ends in a draw.