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Ethiopia vs South Africa Predictions & Tips - Defences backed to dominate in a draw
- Ethiopia vs South Africa Predictions for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier
- Match is being played at Bahir Dar Stadium (2pm BST)
- Ethiopia have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 6 home matches
- Can Bafana Bafana break hosts' stubborn defence?
- Preview, tips, team news & stats
South Africa can get a point in Ethiopia (Getty Images)
Ethiopia vs South Africa Predictions
Ethiopia are six matches unbeaten at home and kept five clean sheets in those matches. The visitors are in decent form themselves but are missing key players in attacking areas. My best bet is for this to end in a draw.
- Ethiopia vs South Africa Predictions
- Head to Head
- Ethiopia Form
- Ethiopia Squad & Team News
- South Africa Form
- South Africa Squad & Team News
- Ethiopia vs South Africa Live Stream FAQ
- Ethiopia are undefeated in their last 6 home matches (all competitions).
- Ethiopia have kept 5 clean sheets in their last 6 home matches (all competitions).
- South Africa have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 7 matches (all competitions).
- South Africa have kept 8 clean sheets in their last 8 matches (all competitions).
Head to Head
Ethiopia hold a 1-0 advantage against South Africa across two previous meetings. The sides last met in 2014 World Cup qualifying which saw a 1-1 draw in South Africa and 2-1 home win for Ethiopia.
Ethiopia are very strong at home and won all three 2022 AFCON qualifiers on their own turf. Walia Ibex beat Ivory Coast 2-1, Niger 3-0 and Madagascar 4-0 on route to securing qualification.
They then drew 0-0 with Sierra Leona and beat Uganda 2-1 in friendly matches. Ethiopia began 2022 World Cup qualification with a 1-0 defeat in Ghana.
A 94th minute penalty by Aschalew Tamene secured a crucial 1-0 home win against Zimbabwe in their last match.
Ethiopia Squad & Team News
Coach Wubetu Abate has selected a squad of entirely home-based players.
Getaneh Kebede is a key striker and previously plied his trade in South Africa at Bidvest Wits.
Goalkeepers: Fasil Gebremichael, Firew Getahun, Teklemariam Shanko, Jemal Tassew.
Defenders: Menaf Awol, Yared Baye, Aschalew Tamene, Desta Yohannes, Suliman Hameed, Remedan Yesuf, Asrat Tunjo, Mignot Debebe
Midfielders: Haider Sherefa, Mesud Mohamed, Amanuel Yohannes, Tafesse Solomon, William Solomon, Gatoch Panom, Yehun Endeshaw, Habtamu Takeste, Surafel Dagnachew, Fitsum Alemu
Forwards: Shemeket Gugsa, Abubeker Nassir, Amanuel Gebremichael, Getaneh Kebede, Abel Yalew, Mujib Kassim.
South Africa Form
South Africa are in strong defensive form with no goals conceded in eight matches. They did however fail to qualify for AFCON 2022 after losing 2-0 in Sudan when just a point would have been enough.
After a 3-2 friendly win against Uganda, South Africa won the 2021 COSAFA Cup on home soil with a team of fringe players. They beat Senegal on penalties in the final after a 0-0 draw. They did not concede a goal in the tournament.
Bafana Bafana opened their World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign witha 0-0 draw in Zimbabwe. That disappointment was eased when Bongokuhle Hlongwane scored an 83rd minute winner at home against Ghana in their last match.
South Africa Squad & Team News
Coach Hugo Broos is without key forward Percy Tau due to injury. Winger Luther Singh has issues with his passport so is also unavailable.
Mamelodi Sundowns midfielders Themba Zwane and Rivaldo Coetzee continue to be omitted. Uncapped midfielder Jesse Donn has received his first call-up.
Goalkeepers: Ronwen Williams, Bruce Bvuma, Veli Mothwa
Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie, Siyanda Xulu, Rushine De Reuck, Njabulo Ngcobo, Terrence Mashego, Sifiso Hlanti, Thabani Zuke, Luke Fleurs
Midfielders: Njabulo Blom, Ethan Brooks, Mothobi Mvala, Teboho Mokoena, Jesse Donn, Yusuf Maart
Forwards: Tshegofatso Mabasa, Bongkuhle Hlongwane, Evidence Makgopa, Victor Letsoalo, Vincent Pule
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Both Ethiopia and South Africa are in good defensive form but neither offer much going forward. I am backing this match to end in a 1-1 draw.
Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result $3.20 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score $6.50 at Neds - 1 Unit