Malawi – Zimbabwe Predictions
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Malawi 2-1 Zimbabwe
Date: 14.01.2022 | Match at: 17:00 | League: AFRICA: Africa Cup of Nations – Round 2 | Tip: Over 1.5 Goals | Odds: 1.65 | Bookie: Unibet.
Malawi – Zimbabwe Match Preview
- The second matchday in Group B of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) sees both losing sides from matchday one clash as Malawi and Zimbabwe go in search of a vital victory to keep their already faint hopes of qualifying directly for the knockout stages alive. Malawi, who are making just their third finals appearance, were largely outplayed in their 1-0 defeat to Guinea and considering their record as the joint-lowest scoring nation during AFCON qualification (G4) of teams to have reached the finals, this match could prove to be another low-scoring affair.
- That 1-0 matchday one defeat now means Malawi have just one win across their last 11 competitive internationals (D2, L8), seven of which saw them lose ‘to nil’. Another scoreline like that would effectively eliminate the ‘Flames’ from AFCON knockout contention, and given their previous winless competitive H2H record (D1, L5), they could be destined to finish bottom of Group B.
- Zimbabwe were left devastated on matchday one as their dogged defence was finally breached in the 97th minute by a Sadio Mané penalty which gave all three points to Senegal. That will have damaged morale within the camp, especially as it extended Zimbabwe’s run to 12 competitive internationals without tasting victory (D4, L8)!
- In fact, it’s now just one win in 18 outings for Zimbabwe (not inc. friendlies) in a run dating back to November 2019, although they do still enter this match as favourites, and are ranked marginally better by FIFA (121) than 129th-ranked Malawi. They may prove to have just enough to clinch a crucial victory in this clash, as they eye their first AFCON finals knockout appearance at the fifth time of asking.
- Players to watch: Richard Mbulu proved the matchwinner the last time Malawi won a competitive international six matches ago – his prior three goalscoring outings have all led to 1-0 victories for his nation. Prince Dube has netted seven competitive strikes for Zimbabwe, five of which have come in victories (W3) where his nation won by two or more goals.
- Hot stat: Zimbabwe haven’t won more than five corners in any of their last six competitive internationals.