Malawi face Zimbabwe on Matchday of the African Cup of Nations in a key Group B clash in Cameroon. Both the teams come into the game with 1-0 defeats to Guinea and Senegal respectively in their opening group fixtures. Malawi have had under 2.5 goals in each of their last three fixtures in the run-up to this game and have not scored a single goal in five out of their last eight matches across all competitions. The lack of goal scoring acumen have cost them their chances in the World Cup qualification and the same is likely to continue at Africa’s biggest footballing stage if Mario Marinica’s team do not start scoring enough goals. They have not lost matches by big margins which means if they get back to scoring ways, they can push for qualification from this very tricky group.
Zimbabwe are also in a similar state of affairs. They have had under 2.5 goals in six out of their last seven matches and also have not scored a single goal in five out of their last seven matches. A 97th-minute penalty from Sadio Mane downed Zimbabwean spirits in the opening fixture and Norman Mapeza’s men have to turn things around to stay in contention for qualification to the next stage. However, Zimbabwe are on a grim run of form and have not won in their twelve straight matches in the run up to this important group fixture.
The two teams do not have a great scoring record in the run-up to their second African Cup of Nations fixture just like the other nations in the continental competition. The two sides have been on a losing spree and are not likely to score many goals between them as well. We are going for both teams to not score a goal in this game.