Tip South Africa - Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso’s only win over South Africa in their eight meetings in history came over a decade ago and the West Africans will be making another attempt at it on Saturday 7th October when the two sides face off in South Africa. The two nations meet at a time when South Africa are reeling from the CAF move to cancel their win over Senegal, which leaves them bottom of Group D with just one point while Burkina Faso are top with six points. South Africa have lost each of their last three matches, drawing one and winning the other of the last five matches. They have two losses, a draw and two wins in their last five matches, scoring five goals and conceding five. They have three wins in their last 10 home matches and four wins in their last 10 World Cup qualifying matches at home. Burkina Faso on the other hand are unbeaten in their last six matches. They have two wins and three draws in the last five matches and playing away from home, they have they have managed just one win, two draws and two losses in their last five, scoring four and conceding eight goals. Burkina Faso have three wins in 10 away matches and eight wins in the last 13 World Cup qualifying matches at home. Head to head the two sides have met eight times and South Africa have four wins, Burkina Faso one.
Key points South Africa - Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso have eight wins in 13 World Cup qualifying matches away from home.
South Africa have three losses in 10 home matches.
South Africa have four wins in the last 10 World Cup qualifying matches at home.
Conclusion South Africa - Burkina Faso
For both sides, this is a must win game; Burkina Faso will gain massively with a win here while South Africa cannot afford to lose this one. In fact a win for South Africa will place them well on course despite the fact they will still be bottom of the group. They have a game in hand and that could be an advantage. South Africa lost their last two matches – home and away to Cape Verde and will be keen to improve on that. They have been dominant when playing Burkina Faso and that should offer them the psychological edge especially now that this is the most open and arguably toughest group. A win for South Africa is likely here.