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  • South Africa vs Zimbabwe Predictions for Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier (18:00 SAST)
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South Africa to beat rivals Zimbabwe in World Cup qualifier (Getty Images).

South Africa vs Zimbabwe Predictions


Bafana Bafana need a win here and face a Zimbabwe side with low confidence. I’m backing a home win with both teams on target.
  • South Africa vs Zimbabwe Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • South Africa Form
  • South Africa Injuries & Team News
  • Zimbabwe Form
  • Zimbabwe Injuries & Team News

  • South Africa have seen BTTS Yes in 4 of their last 5 matches.
  • South Africa have scored 2+ goals in their last 3 home matches (tournament qualifiers).
  • Zimbabwe are winless in 20 of their last 21 matches.
  • Zimbabwe have conceded 2+ goals in their last 3 matches.

Head to Head


South Africa hold a 5-2 advantage over Zimbabwe with one draw in eight meetings. 

The nations last met in a World Cup qualifier in 2021 as Bafana Bafana won 1-0.

South Africa Form


Bafana Bafana finished third at the AFCON earlier this year. They finished second in their group and had three successive penalty shootouts

A 1-1 draw vs Nigeria was followed by a loss on penalties before beating Congo DR on penalties after a 0-0 draw. 

Two draws followed in friendlies, 0-0 vs Andorra and 3-3 vs Algeria. On Friday, they earned a 1-1 draw away to Nigeria in the World Cup Qualifier.

South Africa Injuries & Team News


Coach Hugo Broos may hand Burnley striker Lyle Foster a start. Speedy Thapelo Morena could replace Elias Mokwana on the wing.

Defender Grant Kekana is out injured. Siyabonga Ngezana will partner Mothobi Mvala.

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams, Veli Mothwa, Ricardo Goss 
Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie, Khuliso Mudau, Mothobi Mvala, Siyabonga Ngezana, Given Msimango, Nkosinthai Sibisi, Aubrey Modiba
Midfielders: Sphephelo Sithole, Teboho Mokoena, Bathusi Aubaas, Jayden Adams, Themba Zwane, Patrick Maswanganyi.
Forwards: Percy Tau, Thapelo Morena, Iqraam Rayners, Oswin Appollis, Lyle Foster, Relebohile Mofokeng.

Zimbabwe Form


Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the AFCON earlier this year. They began World Cup qualifying in November 2023.

Their first match saw a 0-0 draw away at Rwanda. A decent 1-1 home draw vs Nigeria followed in their second qualifier. 

A 2-2 draw vs Zambia and a 3-1 loss to Kenya followed in two friendlies. On Friday, they suffered a shock 2-0 home loss to Lesotho to leave their World Cup hopes in tatters.

Zimbabwe Injuries & Team News


Caretaker coach Jairos Tapera has named a squad with many overseas-based players. There are two players based in South Africa and seven who play in England. 

Key midfielder Marvelous Nakamba is out injured. Experienced defender Brendan Galloway has withdrawn due to injury.

Goalkeepers: Godfrey Chitsumba, Bernard Donovan, Martin Mapisa
Defenders: Andrew Mbeba, Munashe Garananga, Teenage Hadebe, Devine Lunga, Shane Maroodza, Godknows Murwira, Gerald Takwara.
Midfielders: Tawanda Maswanhise, Daniel Msendami, Marshall Munetsi, Joey Phuthi, Andy Rinomhota, Tivonge Rushesha, Jordan Zemura.
Strikers: Tawanda Chirewa, Tinotenda Kadewere, Tymon Machope, Douglas Mapfumo, Walter Musona.

Verdict

I'm backing BTTS Yes and South Africa to win the match. 

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