Preview: Blackstars Vrs Zimbabwe, Betting Odds And Predictions

Ghana will be hosting Zimbabwe in the crucial first leg of the World Cup Group G qualifiers at cape coast stadium on Saturday at 16:00GMT.

The return leg will be three days later in Addis Ababa both sides are looking forward to grabbing all points to help their chances of qualifying for the next year’s Mundial in Qatar.

Change of coaches

Ghana Blackstars changed CK Akunnor who started the qualifiers for Milovan Rajevac following a poor run of results. Under the former head coach CK Akunnor the side won only four games, loss four, and draw two in 10 matches.

Milovan Rajevac is having a second stint with the Blackstars and he is tasked to qualify the team for the World Cup. This game is his first match since his second coming.

Former international Norman Mapeza is the interim coach for the Warriors after Zdravko Logarusic was sacked after picking just a point in their two games.

Mapeza who is 49-year-old will be in charge until the end of the year on a three-month contract, which will see him doubling with his current club role as head coach of Zimbabwean Premier League outfit FC Platinum.

Form Guide:

Ghana:

Ghana has just won two games in their last seven games.

Their wins were against Sao Tome and Principe in an AFCON qualifier and Ethiopia in the World Cup Qualifier Before losing to South Africa.

They also lost to Sudan and Morocco in an international friendly with the two draws coming against South Africa and Ivory Coast.

Scoring five goals and conceded five in this run of matches.

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe are winless in their last 5 games have not won any. They have lost 3 and drew 2 games. The defeats came from Namibia (2-0), Zimbabwe (2-1) and recently to Ethiopia (1-0). The draws came against Malawi (2-2) and South Africa (0-0).

Head-to-head

Ghana have faced Zimbabwe six times with the Blackstars winning three, drawing two and one defeat. Zimbabwe last beat Ghana 2-1 in 2006 AFCON group stage in Egypt.

Since then two sides are yet to meet again.

Betting Tips

Ghana to Win (Yes)

* Ghana to win is highly possible because of the Blackstars last loss at home in the World Cup qualifier in 2018. Zimbabwe are not a favorite in away matches and has little to show.

Home team to score (Yes)

Ghana have scored four goals in three home games that means at least goal is guaranteed in this encounter.

Who will score at anytime or Ghana? (Midfielder)

If you are choosing this odd pick a Blackstars midfielder like Dede Ayew, Kudus, Partey these players scored the 95% goal ratio under CK Akunnor.  Only one Ghanaian striker has scored from open play (Caleb Ekuban) and Jordan Ayew only one goal from penalty. All other goals have been scored by theses midfielders.

 

 

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