Mali vs South Africa prediction, odds & betting tips 16/01/2024

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Mali - South Africa

Africa Cup of Nations - Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium

1st Round

Mali and South Africa clash at the Stade Amadou Gon Coulibaly in AFCON Group E on Tuesday, January 16th. Mali and South Africa open their AFCON campaigns against each other in what could be an intriguing tussle in Korhogo. Read our AFCON predictions and betting tips along with the latest odds for the fixture below in our detailed match preview.

Mali vs South Africa – Betting tips & odds

Hot Tip – Both Teams to Score (11/10)

  • Both teams managed to find the net in each of Mali’s last four matches.
  • BTTS also landed in each of the last three encounters between Mali and South Africa.

Mali failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last four games and despite being favourites to win their Group E opener, they could concede again against South Africa. Each of the nations’ last three meetings have featured goals at both ends and our primary Mali vs South Africa prediction tips that pattern to continue.

Latest odds

Head to Head

13/10/19

International Match International

South Africa

South Africa

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Mali

2

1

14/01/15

International Match International

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Mali

South Africa

South Africa

0

3

Last Five - Mali

03/02/24

Africa Cup of Nations ACN

Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast

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Mali

2

1

L

30/01/24

Africa Cup of Nations ACN

bf

Burkina Faso

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Mali

1

2

W

24/01/24

Africa Cup of Nations ACN

Namibia

Namibia

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Mali

0

0

D

20/01/24

Africa Cup of Nations ACN

Tunisia

Tunisia

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Mali

1

1

D

16/01/24

Africa Cup of Nations ACN

South Africa

South Africa

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Mali

0

2

W

Last Five - South Africa

10/02/24

Africa Cup of Nations ACN

Congo DR

Congo DR

South Africa

South Africa

0 (5)

0 (6)

W

07/02/24

Africa Cup of Nations ACN

Nigeria

Nigeria

South Africa

South Africa

1 (4)

1 (2)

L

03/02/24

Africa Cup of Nations ACN

Cape Verde Islands

Cape Verde Islands

South Africa

South Africa

0 (1)

0 (2)

W

30/01/24

Africa Cup of Nations ACN

Morocco

Morocco

South Africa

South Africa

0

2

W

24/01/24

Africa Cup of Nations ACN

Tunisia

Tunisia

South Africa

South Africa

0

0

D

Win probability

  • HOME: 21/20 (2.05) – 48.8%
  • DRAW: 21/10 (3.10) – 32.3%
  • AWAY: 3/1 (4.00) – 25%

Mali – who we’ve tipped to qualify from Group E – have been named as the expected winners this week and their implied probability of success is loitering at 47.6% by the market makers. Under 2.5 goals meanwhile, seems to be the favoured angle in the markets at 1/2 (1.50). That outcome has an implied probability of 66.7%. View more of our Mali vs South Africa predictions below.

Mali vs South Africa prediction – Other tips

Mali 2-1 South Africa: Correct score (8/1)

  • Mali notched at least twice in three of their last four international assignments.
  • South Africa hit one goal in two of their last three meetings with Mail.

Mali to Win (21/20)

  • Mail have won six and drawn one of their last seven fixtures in all competitions.
  • In contrast, South Africa failed to win four of their last five contests.

Mali vs South Africa prediction

Mali vs South Africa Team News

Mali

Mali's squad is looking strong ahead of their Group E opener this week and they should be able to name a full-strength XI against South Africa. Mail look particularly formidable in midfield with Amadou Haidara, Yves Bissouma and Lassan Coulibaly set to feature.

Predicted Lineup for Mali: Diawara – H. Toure, Sacko, M. Fofana, Dante – Coulibaly, Bissouma, Haidara – Doumbia, A. Traore, Sissoko

South Africa

South Africa have a clean bill of health ahead of Tuesday's game and they are likely to be deployed in their favoured 4-2-3-1 set-up. Mihlali Mayambela is set to lead the line for the Bafana Bafana while Ronwen Williams should get the nod between the sticks.

Predicted Lineup for South Africa: Williams – Mudau, Sibisi, Xulu, Modiba – Mokoena, Sithole, Tau, Zwane, Lepasa – Myambela

Confirmed lineups will appear here around 60 minutes before kickoff.

Mali

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4-3-1-2
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Sikou Niakate
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5
Kiki
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10
Yves Bissouma
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23
Aliou Dieng
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20
Sekou Koita
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4
Amadou Haidara
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25
Lassine Sinayoko
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17
Falaye Sacko
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16
Djigui Diarra
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26
Kamory Doumbia
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2
Hamari Traore
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Substitutes
27
Nene Dorgeles
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22
Aboubacar Doumbia
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19
Fousseni Diabate
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9
Ibrahim Sissoko
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3
Amadou Dante
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21
Adama Traore
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15
Mamadou Fofana
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18
Youssoufou Niakate
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7
Moussa Doumbia
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24
Boubacar Traore
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1
Ismael Diawara
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11
Lassana Coulibaly
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South Africa

South Africa
4-4-2
5
Siyanda Xulu
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9
Evidence Makgopa
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20
Khuliso Johnson Mudau
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12
Thapelo Maseko
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4
Teboho Mokoena
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10
Percy Tau
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14
Mothobi Mvala
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11
Themba Zwane
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13
Sphephelo Sithole
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6
Aubrey Modiba
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1
Ronwen Williams
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Substitutes
8
Jayden Adams
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3
Terrence Mashego
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7
Oswin Appollis
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22
Ricardo Goss
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17
Zakhele Lepasa
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21
Mihlali Mayambela
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18
Grant Kekana
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19
Nkosinathi Sibisi
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2
Nyiko Mobbie
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16
Veli Mothwa
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23
Thapelo Morena
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15
Thabang Monare
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Check out our football betting tips page to find more top picks and predictions.

Player to Watch – Yves Bissoma

Tottenham Hotspur star Yves Bissouma will be one of the most complete midfielders competing at AFCON this month and big things are expected of the 27-year-old in the Ivory Coast. Bissouma has played 31 times for Mali since making his debut all the way back in 2016.


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