Ghana will play Zimbabwe in the third game of Group G of the CAF qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.
The match will start at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 9 October 2021. The match venue is Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Cape Coast.
Below you will find betting tips and match prediction for the Ghana vs Zimbabwe (October 9) matchup in the 2022 World Cup qualification.
Ghana vs Zimbabwe (October 9) latest odds on betting sites
Ghana has their winning odds placed at 1.29 (-350 American; 2/7 Fractional). Zimbabwe has their winning odds placed at 9.00 (+800; 8/1). The betting odds for a draw are placed at 4.50 (+350; 7/2).
The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Ghana — 71%, draw — 9%, Zimbabwe — 20%.
Latest betting odds on Ghana vs Zimbabwe (9 October 2021):
- Over 2.5 goals — 4.75 (+375; 15/4)
- Under 2.5 goals — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
- Asian handicap (-1.25) on Ghana — 1.78 (-128; 39/50)
- Asian handicap (+1.25) on Zimbabwe — 2.06 (-115; 87/100)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.50 (+150; 3/2)
- Both teams to score (No) — 1.50 (-200; 1/2)
Ghana vs Zimbabwe (October 9) match preview and stats
Ghana suffered a 1-0 defeat against South Africa in their second game of the qualifiers. Bongokuhle Hlongwane scored a right-footed shot from close range to secure all three points for Bafana Bafana.
Ghana won their opening game against Ethiopia by a goal to nil as Mubarak Wakaso scored the only goal of the game. The Black Stars have been in good form as they finished top of their group during the African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Ghana has won just two games in their last five games as they sit in second place in the qualifiers group. The Black Stars have one win and one defeat and has scored one goal while conceding one goal. Ghana qualified for their first World Cup in 2006 and has now played in three consecutive World Cup group stages. The Black Stars reached the quarter-final of the World Cup in 2010 where they were knocked out on penalties by Uruguay.
Ghana team news: Thomas Partey played in Arsenal’s win against Tottenham as he returned from an injury. All players are fit and are in contention for the game.
Zimbabwe has been in bad form for a while as they have just one win in nine games. The Warriors suffered a 1-0 defeat against Ethiopia as they dropped to last in the table. A late goal from Seyoum in the 90th minute secured all three points for Ethiopia.
Zimbabwe has just one point in two games as they drew their opening game against South Africa. The Warriors qualified for the Africa Nations Cup after finishing second in their qualification table with eight points. Zimbabwe scored six goals and conceded eight goals in their Africa Cup of Nations qualification group.
The Warriors have never qualified for the World Cup and will be looking to make their first appearance in Qatar. Zimbabwe needs a massive win against Ghana to keep their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup alive.
Zimbabwe team news: All players are fit and available for the game.
Ghana vs Zimbabwe H2H
Ghana have won three of their last six games against Zimbabwe losing just one match.
Ghana vs Zimbabwe (October 9) key players and lineups
Ghana projected starting lineup:
- Lawrence Ati-Zigi
- Mohammed Kudus
- Jonathan Mensah
- Alexander Djiku
- Gideon Mensah
- Iddrisu Baba
- Thomas Partey
- Yaw Yeboah
- Majeed Ashimeru
- Andre Ayew
- Jordan Ayew
Notable subs: Emmanuel Lomotey and Joel Fameyeh.
Thomas Partey is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world with his ability to win the ball back and progress the ball. The Ghanaian midfielder left Atletico Madrid after spending five years in the team as he scored 16 goals in 188 appearances. Partey joined Arsenal in the Summer of last year for £45 million but has suffered a lot of injuries.
Andre Ayew is the captain of the national team and is very important to the team. Ayew joined Al Sadd during the transfer window from Swansea City. The Ghanian scored 35 goals in 106 games for Swansea City. Ayew was on loan to Fenerbahce during the 2018-19 season where he scored five goals in 40 games.
Zimbabwe projected starting lineup:
- Washington Arubi
- Perfect Chikwende
- Teenage Hadebe
- Alec Mudimu
- Brendan Galloway
- Blessing Sarupinda
- Thabani Kamusoko
- Marshall Munetsi
- Khama Billiat
- Knowledge Musona
- Knox Mutizwa
Notable subs: Ishmael Wadi, Farai Madhanaga.
Knowledge Musona is a very important player for Zimbabwe. The Zimbabwe international joined Lokeren in 2019 and has scored one goal. Musona has scored 23 goals in 47 appearances. The Zimbabwe striker is a very clinical player and will be key in the match on Saturday.
Ghana vs Zimbabwe (October 9) betting tips and predictions
Ghana started the qualifiers very well with a win against Ethiopia but suffered a defeat in their last game against South Africa. The Black Stars are one of the best national teams in Africa and have shown that in the past few years. Ghana are currently second in the table with three points and behind first-place South Africa with just one point. The group is a very tough one with two strong teams in South Africa and Ghana and the fight for one World Cup spot might go down to the last game. Ghana needs a massive win against Zimbabwe to either top for the time being or just be one point behind South Africa. They are looking to make their fourth appearance at the World Cup.
Zimbabwe has been terrible in recent times as they suffered a 1-0 defeat in their last game against Ethiopia. The Warriors are currently last in the table with just one point and are yet to score a goal in the qualifiers. Zimbabwe will need to win this game in the hope to qualify for their first World Cup.
Ghana have good attacking players and might be difficult for Zimbabwe to handle. Zimbabwe will be looking to hit on the counter but Ghana has Thomas Partey in midfield that can win balls back and stop counters.
Betting prediction: Asian handicap (-1.25) on Ghana
Odds: 1.78 (-128 American; 39/50 Fractional)