**The odds were correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change**
Both Malawi and Zimbabwe were defeated 1-0 in the first game. But can they come back from those defeats to fight for a place in AFCON 2022 Group B playoffs? We have the details for this fixture in this post, including free predictions for our readers.
Our Free Malawi vs Zimbabwe AFCON 2022 Fixture
This will be the fourth encounter between Malawi and Zimbabwe. With that, we expect some familiarity in this match. Both teams have defensive challenges heading into this game, so it would be interesting to see which side outplays the other. Check out our detailed analysis on the best two predictions for this game.
BTTS @5/4 (2.25)
Malawi and Zimbabwe have defensive challenges heading to this second AFCON 2022 match. However, the quest for points after losing their fast matches in the tournament could see these teams play a more open game than they did in the first game. Moreover, in previous three meetings, there were goals on both sides in two matches. All of those games had at least three goals scored.
Correct score-1-1 @ 23/5 (5.60)
A correct score of 1-1 is our second pick for Malawi for Zambia. These teams are ranked 129th and 121st by FIFA, which shows they are nearly at par in performance. They lost 1-0 in the first game and have scored against each other in two out of past three meetings. And while Zimbabwe has a better defensive record than Malawi in the last ten games, AFCON 2022 comes with high expectations. Football Whispers is tipping a 1-1 draw in the Malawi vs Zimbabwe fixture.
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Match Preview: Malawi Goes Head to Head with Zimbabwe for the First Time in AFCON
The first meeting between Malawi and Zimbabwe ended 2-1 in favour of the latter in June 2015. Zimbabwe also won the second encounter 3-0 the same month and year. Five years later, Zimbabwe held Malawi to a 2-2 draw in COSAFA Cup fixture. The other two encounters in 2015 were AFCON qualifications, during which Zimbabwe progressed to the main tournament after topping GROUP L of the qualifiers. Malawi was the last in that group hence did not qualify. Thus, Zimbabwe has historically been the better side in this duel.
Notably, Zimbabwe comes to this match with 7 goals leaked in the last five games and only two scored. On the flip-side, Malawi conceded 8 and scored 3 goals in their last five matches. Defensively, these teams are weak and they seem to struggle in the final third. It is safe to say, weak defending could have been a problem for either side but due to lack of firepower in the final third, we don’t see more than two goals in this game.
Malawi predicted lineup: Kakhobwe, Chembezi, Mzava, Chirwa, Mhone, Christopher, Idana, Madinga, Banda, Muyaba and Chester.
Zimbabwe will be without midfielders Benyu and Musona who picked injuries against Senegal in the first AFCON 2022 fixture.
Zimbabwe predicted lineup: Mhari, Chimwemwe, Takwara, Hadebe, Bhasera, Madzongwe, Wadi, Kangwa, Dube, Tigere and Kamusoko.
Malawi vs Zimbabwe AFCON 2022 FAQs
How did the the last meeting between Malawi and Zimbabwe end?
The last match between Malawi and Zimbabwe ended 2-2, a COSAFA Cup Group B fixture which took place in July 2021.
What time will Malawi vs Zimbabwe kick-off?
The game will start at 19:00 GMT +3
When is the matchday?
Malawi vs Zimbabwe is scheduled for Friday, Jan 14/01/2022.