Sports Mole provides an overview of Thursday’s clash between Benin and Madagascar World Cup qualifiers and Africa, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Seeking to climb to first place in Group J of the World Cup 2022 qualifiers, Benign play host to Madagascar Thursday at the Friendship stadium.
The Visitors, who are currently rooted at the bottom of the table, are stepping into the game after scoring their first victory of the campaign and will be looking to roll the juggernaut.
After missing out on a place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations by a simple goal difference, Benin started their hunt for the World Cup ticket with a 1-0 victory over Madagascar in the September return leg. of Steve mouniestrikes in the 22nd minute.
This was followed by a 1-1 draw with DR Congo four days later, when Dieumerci Mbokani and Jordan Adéoti scored for each side to force a share of the booty, before returning to the winning streak with a slim 1-0 win away from Tanzania.
In that game, despite being on the back foot for most of the game, Mounie scored his 10th goal for the Squirrels to give them the three points and move them to the top of Group J.
However, Benin were sent to the ground in the second of their double-faced Tanzania the last time around, when Simon msuva scored in the opening six minutes to give the Taifa Stars their second victory of the campaign.
Michel DussuyerThursday’s men are heading into Thursday’s level of play with Tanzania leading the group standings after collecting seven points in their first four games.
While the 62-year-old will be pleased with his side’s performance at the defensive end of the pitch, where they have only conceded twice in four games, the lack of firepower at the top has been a major cause of concern as they have scored just three goals so far.
Meanwhile, heading into the playoffs in a five-game winless streak in all competitions, Madagascar failed to find its feet in the group’s opener as it fell 1-0 to hosts from Thursday at the municipal stadium of Mahamasina.
This was followed by a 3-2 loss at the hands of Tanzania just under a week later before their qualifying hopes took a huge blow with a 2-0 loss to DR Congo on October 7. , when Chadrac Akolo and Dieumerci Mbokani found the target in one or the other half.
However, the Barea come into Thursday’s game after ending their eight-game winless streak by crushing DR Congo with a 1-0 home win in the second of their two consecutive games.
After Njiva Rakotoharimalala unblocked the impasse from the first minute, Madagascar showed defensive class to keep the lead and keep its chances of qualifying.
Despite the victory, Nicolas dupuisThe s team remain rooted at the bottom of Group J, four points from qualifying, and this is due to their weaknesses at the defensive end of the pitch, where they have the worst record in the group with six goals scored.
However, the French head coach is hopeful that the latest win can serve as a springboard for good form as his side look to mount a late charge for a place in the final qualifying round.
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Dussuyer has appointed a team of 25 players for the next matches against Madagascar and DR Congo, including the defender duo of Amiens Youssouf Assogba and forward Charbel Gomez.
Mounie has played a central role in the Squirrels’ campaign, scoring the only goal of the game in their two wins so far, and we expect the Stade Brestois forward to be the backbone of the game again. ‘attack.
Madagascar, meanwhile, enters the match with a team of 24 men, including the Excelsior duo of Fabien Boyer and Gladyson and LA Galaxy midfielder Rayan Ravelloson.
Goalkeeper Yannick Pandor and Marignane defender Nomena Andriantiana both received their first senior call-up by Dupuis and could make their debut this Thursday.
Meanwhile, having scored two of Madagascar’s three goals so far, Njiva Rakotoharimalala will be one to watch on Thursday.
Benin, possible starting composition:
Allagbé; Verdon, Adénon, Hountondji; Doremus, Ahlinvi, Adeoti, Kiki; Gomez, Mounie, Pote
Starting eleven possible in Madagascar:
Randriamamy; Métanire, Boyer, Gervais, Morel, Lapoussin; Rakotoharimalala, Ilaimaharitra, Raveloson, Voavy; Rakotondraibe
We say: Benin 2-0 Madagascar
Benin have had a decent campaign so far and are tied on points with Tanzania at the top of Group J. The visitors, on the other hand, have struggled to go so far and are currently at their lowest. ranking. Benin had a slim victory when the two teams met in the second leg and we expect a repeat of the same with the hosts in the lead once more.
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