Banyana Banyana will lock horns with Eswatini at Dobsonville Stadium in a winner takes all COSAFA Women's Championship last Group A game on Tuesday, 10 October 2023. Kick-off is 15:30 South African Standard Time.
— Banyana_Banyana (@Banyana_Banyana) October 9, 2023
Desiree Ellis‘ side recovered from the 3-4 loss to Malawi in their opening game to record an emphatic 3-1 victory over Madagascar last time out.
Meanwhile, Eswatini, after beating Madagascar at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 4 October 2023 to achieve their first COSAFA Women's Championship victory since 2020, fell to a humiliating 8-0 defeat to Malawi in their second group game.
Now level on points, Banyana and Eswatini will battle for all three points which will see the winner joining Malawi in the knockout phase of the competition. Nonetheless, a draw is enough to see the host through.
Banyana Banyana vs Eswatini predicted lineups
Here is how we think both coaches will present their ‘Starting XI'.
Katlego Moletsane (GK); Asanda Hadebe, Lonathemba Mhlongo, Boitumelo Rasehlo, Thubelihle Shamase; Sphumelele Shamase, Tshogofatso Motlogelwa, Nicole Michael, Thalea Smidt; Unati Simayile, Ayesha Moosa.
Gcinile Dlamini (GK); Samkelisiwe Fakedze, Thulile Dvuba, Simangele Sikhondze, Futhi Dlamini; Sisanda Ndzinisa, Nondumiso Dlamini, Mazwi Dube, Nokuthula Ndlovu; Thulisile Thring, Tenanile Ngcamphalala.
Banyana Banyana vs Eswatini confirmed lineups
*Lineups will be automatically updated shortly after they're released
Banyana Banyana vs Eswatini predictions
Prediction 1: Banyana Banyana to win both halves
The most successful side in this competition are without doubt the favourites to win the match. Frankly, Eswatini is no match for Banyana Banyana who look set to record a big win over their opponent and we predict that they'll win both first and second halves.
Prediction 2: First-half over 1.5 goals
The last time both teams met, South African women scored twice before the break. It's important to point out that both group stage games Desiree Ellis' side have played have ended with at least two goals in the first half. Moreso, Eswatini conceded three times before the break in the 8-0 loss to Malawi last time out. Considering all these, we're backing this clash to produce at least two goals in the first half.
Prediction 3: Over 3.5 goals
Eswatini have scored 4 and conceded 14 goals in their last four games. South Africa, meanwhile, have conceded 10 times and scored 6 goals in their last four games. It's clear both teams are not very strong defensively and can as well score goals. We fancy a high-scoring affair at Dobsonville Stadium ending with at least four goals.
South Africa (W) vs Eswatini (W) head-to-head
The head-to-head record shows one meeting which happened in the 2020 edition of this competition. South Africa women's team defeated Eswatini women 5-0 to gain the advantage in this fixture.
South Africa (W) recent form
South Africa (W) 3-1 Madagascar (W) (07/10) – COSAFA Women's Championship
South Africa (W) 3-4 Malawi (W) (04/10) – COSAFA Women's Championship
USA (W) 2-0 South Africa (W) (24/09) – Friendly
USA (W) 3-0 South Africa (W) (22/09) – Friendly
Eswatini (W) recent form
Malawi (W) 8-0 Eswatini (W) (07/10) – COSAFA Women's Championship
Madagascar (W) 1-2 Eswatini (W) (04/10) – COSAFA Women's Championship
Burkina Faso (W) 3-0 Eswatini (W) (26/09) – WAFCON Qualifiers
Eswatini (W) 2-3 Burkina Faso (W) (20/09) – WAFCON Qualifiers
Where to watch Banyana Banyana vs Eswatini live in South Africa
The Banyana Banyana vs Eswatini COSAFA game will be live on SABC Sports channel for fans viewing pleasure across South Africa.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago