South Africa vs Senegal
African World Cup Qualifiers – Group D.
Date: Saturday, 12th, October 2016.
Kick-off at 13:00 UK/ 14:00 WAT.
Venue: Peter Mokaba Stadium, Pietersburg.
South Africa were held to a 1-1 draw away from home by Burkina Faso in their first match in Group D of Caf World Cup qualifiers. The match saw a dramatic ending as it required 80 minutes to see the first goal. Dean Furman put South Africa upfront and it look like they were set for a win. But Banou Diawara scored a late equalizer deep into the injury time to grab a surprise result. The South African football team will be keen for a win when they host Senegal on Sunday for the matchday 2 fixture.
Senegal on the other hand, started off with a well-deserved 2-0 win over Cape Verde Islands. It was a comfortable outing for the dominant Senegales as Balde Keita handed them the early lead just after 24 minutes, which was finish off by an 80th minute goal from Moussa Sow. This help them stay at the top of the group and put pressure on the South Africans.
The fixture on Saturday is vital for both Senegal and South African as only one team is able to advance to the final tournament in Russia.
South Africa vs Senegal: Head-to-Head Stats
South Africa are unbeaten in the last four meetings with Senegal, however three of them are draws. The latest meeting was in a friendly on September 2015 at South Africa and the hosts won the fixture with the help of a late goal by Mpho Makola.
However, Senegal did grab a win when they visited South Africa for a friendly on 2005. They drew and lost in the subsequent two visits.
South Africa vs Senegal: Prediction
Senegal are currently on a slightly better form as compared to South Africa. They won the last 6 matches in all competitions and conceded just once. They have also scored 2 goals each in those games.
While South Africa are unbeaten in the last 13 fixtures, but were held to draw in 3 of the last 4. Also they haven’t scored more than a goal in those fixtures. Their main problem is the inability to hold on to slender leads and finish off the matches, even against weaker opponents.
Based on above stats, it is very evident that this will be a tightly contested match. However, previous matches of both teams suggest that goals will fall at both ends. Senegal are a very capable side, but South Africa won’t bow down easily and therefore a draw seems a fair result for both teams.
South Africa vs Senegal: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score at 2.25 (5/4)
Correct Full-Time Score: 1-1 at 6.50 (11/2).
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