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South Africa vs Zambia Predictions & Tips - Fatigued teams to play out stalemate

  • South Africa vs Zambia Predictions for Wednesday’s COSAFA Cup fixture
  • Match is being played at 14:00 BST at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
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South Africa and Zambia have a 24 hour turnaround between matches (Getty images)
Ralph Staniforth 13 Jul 2021
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South Africa vs Zambia Predictions

Zambia won their last match to get back on track while South Africa have won their last three matches. With a 24 hour turnaround for both sides, rotation will be the order of the day with this one to end in a draw.

  • South Africa have seen under 2.5 goals in 6 of their last 9 home matches (all competitions).
  • Zambia have seen BTTS Yes in 4 of their last 6 matches.
  • Zambia have seen under 2.5 goals in 2 of their last 4 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head

Zambia hold a 7-5 lead against South Africa across 13 previous meetings with one draw.

They last met in October 2020 where Zambia won 2-1 in South Africa.

South Africa Form

Bafana Bafana have won all three COSAFA Cup matches having failed to qualify for the 2021 AFCON. They have already qualified for the COSAFA semi-finals.

South Africa needed a draw in Sudan to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations but lost 2-0. A 3-2 friendly win followed against Uganda.

In the COSAFA Cup, South Africa beat Botswana and Zambia 1-0 in their first two matches. Their last match saw a 4-0 win against Lesotho with Victor Letsoalo scoring a hat-trick and Sphelele Mhkulise netting once.

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, Bright Ndlovu, Siyanda Msani, Lebohang Maboe
Strikers:  Thabang Sibanyoni, Monnapule Saleng, Kagiso Malinga, Victor Letsoalo

South Africa called up Victor Letsoalo for the last match and he scored three goals on debut. He will lead the attack with Orlando Pirates’ Monnapule Saleng in support.

Caretaker coach Morena Ramoreboli is expected to rotate his side with two games in two days. Lebohang Maboe and Ayabulela Konqobe joined the squad and could start in midfield.

Zambia Form

Zambia lost their first two COSAFA Cup matches to compound the misery of not qualifying for AFCON 2021. They did however end their qualification campaign with a 2-0 victory over Zimbabwe.

Since their disappointing AFCON campaign, Zambia have played three friendlies. They lost 3-1 to Senegal, drew 2-2 against Benin and beat Sudan 1-0.

They started the COSAFA Cup with a 2-1 defeat to Lesotho and a 1-0 loss to Eswatini. In their last match Zambia beat Botswana 2-1, Justin Shonga scored both goals.

Zambia Injuries & Team News

Goalkeepers: Kennedy Mweene, Gregory Sanjase, Lameck Siame
Defenders: Roderick Kabwe, Isaac Shamujompa, Roderick Kembo, Simon Silwimba, Adrian Chama, Dominic Chanda, Kabaso Chongo, Prosper Chiluya, Benedict Chepeshi, Zachariah Chilongoshi
Midfielders: Spencer Sautu, Benson Sakala, Felix Bulaya, Paul Katema, Salulani Phiri, Collins Sikombe, Prince Mumba, Augustine Mulenga, Kelvin Mubanga Kampamba, Jimmy Mukeya
Strikers: Moses Phiri, Rodger Kola, Gamphani Lungu, Brian Mwila, Justin Shonga, Friday Samu

Coach Milutin Sredojevic rested veteran goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene and midfielder Salulani Phiri against Botswana. Both are set for recalls.

With just one day between matches, there could be starts Benedict Chepeshi in defence and Brian Mwila up front.

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South Africa are in good form while Zambia won their last outing. I am tipping this match to end level with 1-1 draw the likely score.

Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result @240.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @600.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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