South Africa vs Benin Betting tips
South Africa to win 8/13 at Betway
Percy Tau to score with South Africa winning 2-0 (4/1 at Betfred)
Both teams to score 2 / 5 at Betfred
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Betting Odds for the match
South Africa to win
South Africa are a better team in all areas of football and have more experience playing together as a unit as compared to their counterparts from Benin. As the game will be played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Bafana Bafana will also have home advantage.
Bafana Bafana tend to struggle in qualification campaigns as evidenced by the fact that they have not qualified for a World Cup competitively since 2002 (they qualified automatically for the 2010 event as hosts) and so this game promises to be one which is low scoring and very physical.
Benin are a very physical team and so have the potential to make things very difficult for Broos’ men. The Cheetahs have not been in good form since the start of 2023 though. They have played in six games and only claimed one win. Even that win was not competitive as they were handed a 3-0 win over Rwanda by default earlier in the year after the Rwandan’s were found to have fielded striker Muhire Kevin illegibly in the original 1-1 draw.
Percy Tau to score and Bafana Bafana to win 2-1
In the absence of Burnley striker Lyle Foster who will miss this game due to mental health issues, Tau will be the focal point of Bafana Bafana’s attack.
The 29-year-old is a senior campaigner within Broos’. Tau has experience playing against and scoring against top quality teams from his past experiences with Mamelodi Sundowns, Brighton and Hove Albion, Al Ahly and the South African national team. He is one of the best attacking players from Southern Africa and should pose problems to the Benin defence.
Both teams to score
While Bafana Bafana are the better team, major tournament qualification games for them in Africa are always difficult. Broos’ men will not coast to victory in this game and will be made to work hard. If past history is to go by, it will not be a pleasing game on the eye but one which is physical with the ball being confined to midfield for a large section of the game.
Benin will have their chances in this game against the run of play. They also have a good record at least when it comes to scoring in recent games as they have scored in each of their last five games. They are also capable of scoring against any team in Africa as evidenced by the fact that they held Senegal to a 1-1 draw in African Nations Cup qualifying back in June.