2020 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying – South Africa vs Sudan Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does South Africa vs Sudan kick off? Sunday 17th November, 2019 – 13:00 (UK)

Where is South Africa vs Sudan being played? Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg

What TV channel is South Africa vs Sudan on? South Africa vs Sudan will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream South Africa vs Sudan? South Africa vs Sudan will not be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for South Africa vs Sudan? Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on the day of the match

THE TEAM NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa lost 2-0 against Ghana on Thursday in the opening match of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, it was the first competitive game in charge for coach Molefi Ntseki since his appointment in August.
  • They struggled defensively against Ghana when midfielder Bongani Zungu picked up an injury and this played a part in them conceding the opening goal with Thomas Partey being afforded too much space in the absence of Zungu who is expected to be missing from this match.
  • Having seemingly set up the team with the intention of containing Ghana the coach will surely adopt a more attacking line-up for this match against Sudan which is seen as a must win fixture in their quest for qualification.

SUDAN

  • Sudan made a winning start to their qualifying campaign when they defeated Sao Tome and Principe on Wednesday as they aim to make it through to the AFCON finals for the first time since 2012.
  • Having made a strong start to the match against Sao Tome and Principe they took the lead after eight minutes and when the visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 21st minute they made use of the extra man advantage to further establish their control on the match resulting in a comfortable win.
  • Sudan have struggled away from home in recent Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaigns, with their 3-1 win against Madagascar last November ending a run of eight consecutive away defeats in AFCON qualifying matches.

THE PREDICTION

South Africa were disappointed with the way they performed against Ghana and need to bounce back with a win against Sudan who enjoyed a comfortable win against group outsiders Sao Tome and Principe in their first game of the qualifying group. Although Sudan scored four in that match, they generally struggle to break down the more organised defences and so may lack the firepower to trouble the home team. South Africa don’t look full of goals themselves so this looks set to be a low scoring affair just being edged by the home side.

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