Tip DR Congo - Benin
Prediction published on November 13, 2021 at 5:51 PM - Modified on November 13, 2021 at 5:53 PM
One of the biggest games on Match Day 6 of the 2022 World Cup qualification in Africa will see DR Congo play host to Benin in Group J. Hosts DR Congo head to the game in second place with eight points, two behind Benin, the group leaders. DR Congo need a win to advance to the next stage of the qualifiers and after their 3-0 win away in Tanzania, they will feel they have what it takes. They’ve failed to score in just one of their last five matches and at home, they are unbeaten in their last four matches, with three straight clean sheets. DR Congo are unbeaten in 10 World Cup qualification matches at home and they’ve scored two or more goals in seven of the 10. The 1-1 draw with Benin in the first leg encounter is on record as the only previous meeting between these two nations.
Benin managed to hold on top spot with a home win over Madagascar and they will head to Kinshasa knowing that just a draw will be enough for them. They should have sealed top spot by now were it not for the home loss to Tanzania earlier. That is now behind them and after their win over Madagascar, they just need to manage this game well. A third clean sheet in five matches gives them the confidence that they can do this but they have to improve in attack to at least counter the threat DR Congo poses. Benin have scored more than a goal in just one of their last 17 competitive matches but in the last five they’ve failed to score in just one. They aren’t the best performers away from home in World Cup qualification; in the last 19, Benin have managed just four wins, and lost 12. They are however coming from two straight away wins in World Cup qualification. In the last five away matches in this competition, Benin have conceded two or more goals in three.
Key points DR Congo - Benin
DR Congo are unbeaten in their last 10 home matches in World Cup qualification.
Benin have four wins only in 19 away matches in World Cup qualification.
DR Congo have scored two or more in seven of 10 World Cup qualifiers at home.
Benin have managed more than one goal in just one of 17 competitive matches.
DR Congo have three straight clean sheets in home matches.
Conclusion DR Congo - Benin
DR Congo are in a must-win situation here, and they have the advantage of playing at home. For them it is all or nothing and their work is well cut out against a Benin side that needs just a draw. Fortunately, DR Congo have done well at home and will have the machinery to unlock a presumably defensive Benin side. The visitors aren’t great in attack, and haven’t done so well away from home in previous World Cup qualification games, so we will back DR Congo to win here.