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Zambia vs Botswana Predictions & Tips - Zambia tipped to bounce back with a win
- Zambia vs Botswana Predictions for Tuesday’s COSAFA Cup match
- Fixture is being played at 14:00 BST at Wolfson Stadium
- Botswana have lost 5 of their last 7 matches
- A Zambia win is tipped in Gqeberha
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Zambia can bounce back with victory over Botswana (Getty Images)
Zambia vs Botswana Predictions
Zambia have the best squad in this competition but have yet to fire. We are tipping them to find their feet against a Botswana side that struggle in front of goal.
- Zambia have seen under 2.5 goals in 2 of their last 3 matches (all competitions).
- Zambia have won 7 of their last 14 matches against Botswana (all competitions).
- Botswana have lost 5 of their last 7 matches (all competitions).
- Botswana have failed to score in 9 of their last 12 matches (all competitions).
Head to Head
Zambia hold a 7-3 advantage against Botswana across 14 previous meetings with four draws.
The sides last met in AFCON qualifying in November 2020 as Botswana won 1-0 at home with Moshe Gaolaolwe on target.
Zambia failed to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations but finished qualifying with a 2-0 win in Zimbabwe.
Chipolopolo played three friendlies prior to the COSAFA Cup. They lost 3-1 to Senegal, drew 2-2 against Benin and beat Sudan 1-0.
Zambia began their COSAFA Cup campaign with a 2-1 defeat against Lesotho before losing 1-0 to Eswatini in their last match.
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 rotated his side against Eswatini with striker Justin Shonga given 30 minutes as a substitute. He will return to start this match.
Winger Ghampani Lungu will also return to the XI with AmaZulu’s Augustine Mulenga on the opposite flank.
Botswana were on a ten match winless run but have won two of their last five matches. They failed to qualify for the 2021 AFCON after finishing bottom of their group with four defeats.
A 1-0 win against Zambia in AFCON qualifying was followed by a 1-0 defeat to Zimbabwe and a 5-0 drubbing in Algeria to complete the group. Botswana lost their first COSAFA Cup match 1-0 to South Africa.
In their last match, Botswana thrashed Lesotho 4-0 as Tumisang Orebonye netted a hat-trick and Thatayaone Kgamanyane got the other.
Botswana Injuries & Team News
Goalkeepers: Ezekiel Morake, Lesenya Malepela, Keeagile Kgosipula
Defenders: Goitseone Legopelo, Thabo Leinanyane, Mothusi Johnson, Kitso Mangolo, Thatayaone Ditlhokwe, Thato Kebue, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Fortunate Thulare
Midfielders: Mothusi Cooper, Godiraone Modingwane, Gape Gagoangwe, Kutlwelo Mpolokang, Gape Mohutsiwa, Segolame Boy, Thatayaone Kgamanyane
Forwards: Mpho Kgomo, Tshepo Malgas, Thero Setsile, Kago Monyake, Kabelo Seakanyeng, Elias Mbatshi, Tumisang Orebonye, Godfrey Tauyatswala
Botswana caretaker coach Letang Kgengwenyane is set to recall captain Thatayaone Ditlhokwe after a knock ruled him out against Lesotho.
Tumisang Orebonye came into the side for the last match and scored a hattrick. He will keep his place up front with Thatayaone Kgamanyane moving deeper as a number ten.
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