AFCON 2021: Malawi vs Zimbabwe prediction and betting tips (January 14)
Malawi and Zimbabwe face-off in Round 2 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations group stage matches. Both teams suffered defeat in their respective Round 1 game. Who will win this tie? Malawi or Zimbabwe?
Tino Kadeweree (Zimbabwe) looks forward to being on the scoresheet against Guinea
Tino Kadeweree (Zimbabwe) looks forward to being on the scoresheet against Guinea
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Malawi play Zimbabwe in Round 2 of Group B of the 2021 AFCON.

The match is scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m. GMT on Friday, 14 January 2022. The match venue is Stade Kouekong, Bafoussam.

Let’s check out the latest betting odds, key stats, team news and projected starting lineups. Betting tips and match predictions for the Malawi vs Zimbabwe (January 14) game are analyzed in this article.

Malawi vs Zimbabwe (January 14) latest betting odds

Malawi to win odds are situated at 3.45 (+245 American; 49/20 Fractional), the odds for a draw are situated at 2.96 (+196; 49/25), while Zimbabwe to win odds are situated at 2.35 (+135; 27/20).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Malawi — 28%, draw — 32%, Zimbabwe — 40%.

Latest betting odds on Malawi vs Zimbabwe (14 January 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.90 (+190; 19/10)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.38 (-260; 5/13)
  • Asian handicap (+0.25) on Malawi — 1.85 (-118; 50/59)
  • Asian handicap (-0.25) on Zimbabwe — 1.93 (-108; 25/27)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.50 (+150; 3/2)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.51 (-196; 25/49)

Malawi vs Zimbabwe (January 14) match preview and statistics

Malawi are on a five-game losing streak and have only scored one goal in this period. They lost 0-1 to Guinea in their AFCON opener.

The Flames had 35% possession, 10 total shots, created four chances, two big chances, six shots on target, 133 accurate passes, 59% possession, 14 fouls, six corners, two offsides and two yellow cards. Issiaga Sylla scored the winner for Guinea in the 35th minute with a right footed shot from the left side of the six-yard box to the centre of the goal, assisted by Jose Kante.

Malawi team news: Yamikani Chester is sidelined due to injuries, while Gabadinho Mhango, Richard Mbulu, Peter Cholopi, Lawrence Chaziya, Stanley Sanudi, Chikoti Chirwa and Robin Ngalande are unavailable due to Covid-19.

Zimbabwe also lost their Round 1 game to Senegal on Monday. They haven’t won a match in eight attempts with six losses and two draws.

Top stats: 39% possession, 11 total shots, seven chances created, zero big chances, two shots on target, 236 accurate passes, 76% pass accuracy, 12 fouls conceded, four corners, three offsides, two yellow cards. A late penalty for Senegal in the added minutes of the second half saw Guinea lose the match. Sadio Mane converted the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Zimbabwe team news: Knowledge Musona and Kundai Benyu were injured in the last match and won’t be available for this game.

Malawi vs Zimbabwe H2H

Their last meeting was in the COSAFA cup last year, the game ended in a 2-2 draw. The last meeting in the tournament was in the 2016 AFCON qualifiers, Zimbabwe beat Malawi three goals to nil.

Malawi vs Zimbabwe (January 14) key players and lineups

Malawi projected starting lineup:

  • Ernest Kakhobwe
  • Denis Chembezi
  • Limbikani Mvaza
  • Gomezgani Chirwa
  • Francisco Madinga
  • John Christopher Banda
  • Chimwenwe Idana
  • Micium Mhone
  • Zebron Kalima
  • Richard Mbulu
  • Khuda Muyaba

The key player to watch out for is Khuda Muyaba. He has to pick up his scoring boots ahead of this match. The team needs him to be on the scoresheet in this game.

Zimbabwe projected starting lineup:

  • Petros Mhari
  • Onismor Bhasera
  • Teenage Hadebe
  • Gerald Takwara
  • Takudzwa Chimwemwe
  • Kelvin Madzongwe
  • Ishmael Wadi
  • Thabani Kamusoko
  • Never Tigere
  • Bruce Kangwa
  • Tinotenda Kadewere

The key player to watch out for is Tino Kadeweree. He looks forward to being on the scoresheet in this match against Guinea. A goal involvement from him increases their chances of winning.

Malawi vs Zimbabwe (January 14) betting tips and prediction

Malawi and Zimbabwe are having a poor run. The former has lost five consecutive games while the latter is winless in eight games with six losses and two draws. Both teams lost their respective round 1 game and are last in the group table. In their last four meetings, over 2.5 goals have been scored.

The last head-to-head game ended in a 2-2 draw. Looking at their form, they’ll most likely settle for a draw in this game, with under 2.5 goals. Not lots of goals have been scored in games since the start of the tournament, maybe in Round 2 things will change.

Betting prediction: A draw

Odds: 2.96 (+196 American; 49/25 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Under 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.38 (-260 American; 5/13 Fractional)

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