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Zimbabwe vs South Africa Preview & Tips - Defensive South Africa to secure win

  • Zimbabwe vs South Africa Predictions for Friday’s World Cup qualifier
  • Match is being played at 14:00 BST at the National Sports Stadium
  • Will South Africa keep up their winning momentum?
  • Preview, tips, team news & stats
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Ralph Staniforth 01 Sep 2021
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Zimbabwe vs South Africa Preview & Tips - Defensive South Africa to secure win

  • Zimbabwe vs South Africa Predictions for Friday’s World Cup qualifier
  • Match is being played at 14:00 BST at the National Sports Stadium
  • Will South Africa keep up their winning momentum?
  • Preview, tips, team news & stats


Zimbabwe vs South Africa Preview & Tips


Bafana Bafana has not conceded in their last six matches. This superb defensive record should see them get an away win.
  • Zimbabwe vs South Africa Preview & Tips
  • Head to Head
  • Zimbabwe Form
  • Zimbabwe Injuries, Squad & Team News
  • South Africa Form
  • South Africa Injuries, Squad & Team News
  • Zimbabwe vs South Africa FAQ

  • Zimbabwe have lost 3 of their last 5 matches (all competitions).
  • Zimbabwe have failed to score in 3 of their last 4 home matches (all competitions).
  • South Africa have won 5 of their last 7 matches (all competitions).
  • South Africa have kept 6 clean sheets in their last 6 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head


South Africa hold a 4-2 advantage across the previous six meetings with Zimbabwe with no draws.

The sides last met in a friendly in 2013 as Zimbabwe won 2-1 in South Africa.

Zimbabwe Form


Zimbabwe qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, finishing second in their group with a match to spare. A 1-0 win in Botswana sealed qualification before losing 2-0 to Zambia in their final match.

They finished bottom of the recently completed COSAFA Cup group with two defeats and two draws in four matches. After drawing 0-0 with Mozambique, Zimbabwe drew 2-2 with Malawi.

A 2-0 defeat to Namibia and a 2-1 loss to Senegal completed their involvement in the competition.

Zimbabwe Injuries, Squad & Team News


Strikers Knox Mutizwa and Evans Rusike have missed out on selection due to a lack of involvement at club level. Goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze is in the same boat having lost his place at Baroka.

Aston Villa midfielder Marvelous Nakamba and Luton Town defender have not been released by their clubs due to quarantine restrictions. 

Goalkeepers: Washington Arubi, Talbert Shumba, Martin Mapisa
Defenders: Teenage Hadebe, Divine Lunga, Onismor Bhasera, Tendayi Darikwa, Jordan Zemura, Brendan Galloway, Alec Mudimu, Jimmy Dzingai, Takudzwa Chimwemwe 
Midfielders: Marshall Munesti, Perfect Chikwende, Thabani Kamusoko, Tafadzwa Rusike, Jonah Fabisch, Butholezwe Ncube, Marvelous Nakamba, Kuda Mahachi, Khama Billiat, Blessing Sarupinda, Ovidy Karuru
Forwards: Knowledge Musona, Tino Kadewere, David Moyo, Admiral Muskwe, Macauley Bonne, Terrence Dzvukamanja

South Africa Form


South Africa failed to qualify for the 2021 AFCON after finishing below Ghana and Sudan in their group. A 2-0 loss in the final match proved key as the side just needed a point to qualify.

Bafana Bafana's form did improve thereafter, beating Uganada 3-2 before winning the COSAFA Cup.
South Africa went six matches without conceding a goal during this tournament on home soil.

In the semi-final South Africa comfortably saw off Mozambique 3-0. They however needed penalties to get over the line in the final against Senegal followinga  0-0 draw.

South Africa Injuries, Squad & Team News


Coach Hugo Broos has called up plenty of inexperienced players with the coach not looking to select any players over the age of 30. Ronwen Williams and Veli Mothwa will vie for the starting goalkeeper spot.

Percy Tau will lead the attack alongside young Scandinavian-based wingers Luther Singh and Gift Links. SuperSport United duo Sipho Mbule and Teboho Mokoena could form the midfield.

Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams, Bruce Bvuma, Veli Mothwa
Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie, Thapelo Morena, Siyanda Xulu, Rushine De Reuck, Thabang Phite, Austin Dube, Sibusiso Mabiliso, Njabulo Ngcobo
Midfielders: Njabulo Blom, Ethan Brooks, Mothobi Mvala, Teboho Mokoena, Sipho Mbule, Yusuf Maart, Thabiso Kutumela
Forwards: Percy Tau, Luther Singh, Gift Links, Bongkuhle Hlongwane, Evidence Makgopa, Victor Letsoalo

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Verdict

We are backing South Africa to continue their good form with a victory in Zimbabwe. With six clean sheets in a row the visitors can also win to nil with a 2-0 scoreline tipped.

Best Bet: South Africa Win Full Time Result $2.30 at Bookmaker - 3 Units
Value Bet: SA Win to Nil Win To Nil $3.50 at Betstar Australia - 1 Unit
Correct Score Tip: South Africa Win 2-0 Correct Score $10.00 at Neds - 1 Unit

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