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South Africa vs Eswatini Predictions & Tips - Bafana to win narrowly yet again on home turf
- South Africa vs Eswatini Predictions for Thursday’s COSAFA Cup match
- Match is being played at 14:00 BST at Wolfson Stadium
- South Africa have won 5 of their last 8 home matches
- Eswatini have won 1 of their last 24 matches
- Betting tips, predictions and team news for South Africa vs Eswatini
South Africa vs Eswatini Predictions
South Africa have an inexperienced squad and seriously lack firepower. Eswatini ended a 23 match run without a win in their last match but played against ten men from the seventh minute. I am tipping a narrow home win in this match.
- South Africa have won 5 of their last 8 home matches (all competitions).
- South Africa have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 7 home matches (all competitions).
- Eswatini have lost 4 of their last 7 matches (all competitions).
- Eswatini have failed to score in 2 of their last 3 away matches (all competitions).
Head to Head
South Africa hold a 3-0 advantage against Eswatini across four previous meetings with one draw.
The sides last met in a friendly in 2016 as South African won 5-1.
South Africa Form
Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations after finishing below Ghana and Sudan in their qualification group.
South Africa beat Sao Tome 2-0 before winning 4-2 away against the same opponents and a 1-1 draw in Ghana. Bafana Bafana needed a draw in Sudan to qualify but lost 2-0.
A 3-2 friendly victory against Uganda came next before beating Botswana 1-0 in the first match of the COSAFA Cup. Kagiso Malinga scored the winner off the bench.
South Africa Injuries & Team News
Goalkeepers: Veli Mothwa, Lincoln Vyver
Defenders: Rushine De Reuck, Nyiko Mobbie, Njabulo Ngcobo, Sifiso Ngobeni, Basil Mphahlele, Austin Dube
Midfielders: Masilake Pholongo, Sphelele Mkhulise, Ethan Brooks, Siyethemba Sithebe, Kgaogelo Sekgota, Tiklas Thutlwa, Yusuf Maart, Bright Ndlovu, Siyanda Msani
Strikers: Thabang Sibanyoni, Monnapule Saleng, Kagiso Malinga
South Africa have been hit by the withdrawals of all the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates players with many uncapped members of the squad. Many of the players ply their trade in the National First Division.
Kagiso Malinga is expected to start up front in preference to Thabang Sibanyoni whilst youngster Ethan Brooks will play in midfield.
Eswatini started the COSAFA Cup with a 3-1 win against Lesotho to end a 23 match winless run. They failed to qualify for the 2021 AFCON and were knocked out of World Cup 2022 qualifying in the first round.
After losing 2-1 on aggregate to Djibouti in World Cup qualification round one, Eswatini lost four and drew two of their six Africa Cup of Nations 2021 qualifiers. They lost 2-0 in Congo and then drew 0-0 at home against the same opposition.
They then lost 3-1 to Guinea-Bissau before a 1-1 draw in Senegal having led 1-0 in injury time. Their last match saw a 3-1 win against a Lesotho side down to ten men for 83 minutes.
Eswatini Injuries & Team News
Goalkeepers: Ncamiso Dlamini, Sandanezwe Mathabela, Khanyakwezwe Shabalala
Defenders: Sanele Chauke, Sikhumbuzo Magagula, Siboniso Mamba, Lindo Mkhonta, Sihlangu Mkhwanazi, Mthunzi Motsa, Thabo Mngometulu, Mlamuli Msibi
Midfielders: Felix Badenhorst, Justice Figareido, Sabelo Gamedze, Mzwandile Mabelesa, Sifiso Matse, Siboniso Ngwenya, Wandile Shabangu, Njabulo Tfwala
Strikers: Bonginkhosi Dlamini, Sidumo Dlamini, Phiwayinkhosi Dlamini, Sandile Gamedze, Mthokozisi Gwebu, Fanelo Mamba, Khethokuhle Mkhontfo, Sabelo Ndzinisa, Nhlanhla Ngwenya
Eswatini have a team of players based sorely on the African continent.
Felix Badenhorst was on target in the last match and is a key man at number ten. Forward Khethokuhle Mkhontfo and midfielder Fanelo Mamba also got on the scoresheet against Lesotho.
The odds have yet to be released for this match.
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