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South Africa vs Senegal Predictions & Tips - Solid defence to take hosts to COSAFA Cup glory

17 Jul 2021
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Ralph Staniforth 17 Jul 2021
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  • South Africa vs Senegal Predictions for Sunday’s COSAFA Cup final
  • Match is being played at 14:30 BST at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  • South Africa have kept 5 clean sheets in a row
  • A win for South Africa is tipped in Gqeberha
  • Preview, tips, stats & team news
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South Africa vs Senegal Predictions


South Africa's defence has yet to be breached in five matches at the COSAFA Cup. Their recent home form has been really good as well so we're looking at a home win for our best bet.

  • South Africa have won 8 of their last 12 home matches (all competitions).
  • South Africa have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 5 matches (COSAFA Cup).
  • South Africa have seen over 2.5 goals in 2 of their last 3 matches (COSAFA Cup).
  • Senegal have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 5 matches (COSAFA Cup).
  • Senegal have won 5 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
  • Senegal have conceded in their last 3 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head


Senegal hold a 3-1 advantage against South Africa across seven previous meetings with three draws.

The sides last met in World Cup qualifying in 2017 as Senegal won 2-1 at home.

South Africa Form


Bafana Bafana are in superb form with four wins and a draw in their five COSAFA Cup matches. They are yet to concede a goal in the tournament.  

They began their COSAFA Cup campaign with 1-0 wins against Botswana and Eswatini before thrashing Lesotho 4-0. Debutant Victor Letsoalo scored a hattrick. With a semi-final place secured, South Africa rested players and drew 0-0 against Zambia in their final group match.

Bafana Bafana beat Mozambique 3-0 in a dominant performance in the semi-final. Njabulo Ngcobo, Yusuf Maart and Victor Letsoalo scored the goals.

South Africa Injuries & Team News


Goalkeepers: Veli Mothwa, Lincoln Vyver
Defenders: Rushine De Reuck, Nyiko Mobbie, Njabulo Ngcobo, Sifiso Ngobeni, Basil Mphahlele, Austin Dube, Vusi Sibiya, Ayabulela Konqobe
Midfielders: Masilake Pholongo, Ethan Brooks, Siyethemba Sithebe, Yusuf Maart, Lebohang Maboe
Strikers:  Thabang Sibanyoni, Monnapule Saleng, Kagiso Malinga, Victor Letsoalo

Caretaker coach Morena Ramoreboli has a settled side playing a 3-5-2 formation.

He is only expected to make one change with Mamelodi Sundowns’ Lebohang Maboe starting in support of striker Victor Letsoalo due to his big-game experience.

Senegal Form


Senegal have won five of their last six matches, including two friendly wins against Zambia and Cape Verde in June. They made a slow start to their COSAFA Cup campaign, losing 2-1 to Namibia in their opening fixture.

Since then, Joseph Kotu’s side have been excellent with three victories. Pape Djitte secured a 1-0 win for Senegal against Mozambique before the Lions of Teranga came from a goal down to beat Zimbabwe 2-1.

In a must-win final group match, Senegal defeated Malawi 2-1. Abu Diop scored a brace which included a 92nd minute winner.

Senegal came through a dramatic semi-final against ten-man Eswatini on penalties after the match ended 2-2. Senegal were 2-0 down after 20 minutes but Pape Djitte pulled one back on 58 minutes and El Hadji Kane leveled matters 10 minutes from the end.

Senegal Injuries & Team News


Goalkeepers: Khassim Diop, Pape Seydou N’diaye
Defenders: Falilou Fall, Alfred Gomis, Mouhamed Ndiaye, Pape Ndoye, Woula Sane
Midfielders: Alassane Kante, Dominique Mendy, Abdou Seydi, Makhmouth Diallo, El Hadji Kane
Attackers: Mohamed Ba, Albert Diene, Souabou Gningue, Seringue Gueye, Alioune Mbaye, Abdoul Ndoye, Baba Sow, Abou Diop, Pape Djitte

Coach Joseph Koto is expected to name the same starting XI from the semi-final.

The one possible change is a recall for Mouhamed Ndiaye in midfield is preference to Alassane Kante.

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Verdict

South Africa are in fine form but this will be their biggest test. We are tipping the match to see over 2.5 goals with the hosts to win in 2-1 in the end.

Best Bet: South Africa Win Full Time Result @1/1 at bet365 - 3 Units
Value Bet: Over 2.5 Goals Total Goals @5/4 at bet365 - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: South Africa Win 2-1 Correct Score @17/2 at bet365 - 1 Unit
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