Bafana Bafana vs Eswatini lineups, 3 predictions – 2023 friendly

Bafana Bafana vs Eswatini lineups
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Bafana Bafana vs Eswatini takes place at the FNB Stadium on Friday evening. Can the visitors snap their losing streak against South Africa, or will it be business as usual for Bafana Bafana?

Bafana Bafana vs Eswatini probable lineups

Here's how we think these teams will line up for this clash:

Bafana Bafana

Goalkeeper: Ricardo Goss.
Defenders: Nyiko Mobbie, Siyanda Xulu, Mothobi Mvala, Innocent Maela.
Midfielders: Mlungisi Mbunjana, Bathusi Aubaas, Percy Tau, Lyle Foster, Mihlali Mayambela.
Strikers: Zakhele Lepasa.


Goalkeeper: Khanyakwezwe Shabalala.
Defenders: Kwakhe Thwala, Samkelo Ginindza, Sibongakhonkhe Quiton, Mlamuli Msibi.
Midfielders: Sifiso Matse, Nelizo Dlamini, Mzwandile Mabelesa.
Strikers: Bongwa Owa Matsebula, Mxolisi Mkhonto, Justice Figuareido.

Bafana Bafana vs Eswatini predictions

It's important to point out that this is a friendly match, and both teams will be battling for bragging rights. That said, these are our predictions for today's game:

Bafana Bafana to win

It's safe to say that Eswatini usually don't look forward to meeting Bafana Bafana on the pitch. Since 2010, these have squared off against each other on six occasions, and South Africa came out on top every time. Also, both teams are on opposite sides when it comes to recent form. While Bafana Bafana lost just once in their last 14 games, Eswatini suffered six losses in their last nine games. Taking everything into account, anything other than a victory for Bafana Bafana would be a surprise.

One team will fail to score

For our next Bafana Bafana vs Eswatini prediction, let's take a look at the BTTS market. We've already established that Bafana Bafana haven't lost a lot of games in recent months. This is due, in part, to their solid defense. As a matter of fact, Hugo Broos' lads did not concede a single goal in their last three games. In the same vein, Eswatini failed to score in six of their last eight matches, registering just three goals in that stretch. For this reason, we believe that one of these sides will blank.

Less than three total goals

We've established that Eswatini managed just three goals in their last eight matches. With that in mind, it's no surprise that their games have mostly been on the low-scoring side. Interestingly, Dominic Kunene's men have seen nine of their last 11 matches go below the 2.5 goal line. In like manner, just one goal was scored in South Africa's last three matches. On that note, we don't think these teams will score up to three goals between them.

Bafana Bafana recent form

South Africa have proven to be a tough team to beat; they lost just once in their last 14 matches across all competitions, with nine wins and four draws. Hugo Broos will look to guide his team to their 10th victory in 15 games as they square off against Eswatini.

Eswatini recent form

On the other hand, Eswatini have struggled to find their best form in recent months; they managed just one win in their last nine matches, with two draws and six losses. As Dominic Kunene's men pay a visit to the FNB Stadium, it'll be interesting to see how they'll match-up against Bafana Bafana.

Where to watch Bafana Bafana vs Eswatini live

You can catch all the action live on the SABC Sports channel if you reside in South Africa.

This article was most recently revised and updated 2 weeks ago

Kelechi is a huge sports fan with over 10 years of betting experience. He has written thousands of match previews on football, tennis, basketball and American football in the past few years.
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