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Mali lock horns with Rwanda for the third time since March 2013.The hosts never lost to Rwanda in the previous fixture, all of which were world cup qualifiers. Find out how we are tipping these teams to perform against each other in this match preview.
The Three Best Picks for Mali vs Rwanda
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- Under 2.5
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Note: The odds are from William Hill and are correct are the time of publishing this preview.
Few goals at full-time
We expect this match to yield only a few goals at full-time. Rwanda comes to this fixture with a better form and even though they are ranked 67 places below Mali on FIFA, this fixture will be a tense one. We predict a deadlocked first half and a few goals at full-time.
Both teams to score: No
Our second pick for this match is goals on either one side or none at all. While both sides found the net in 2013 World Cup qualifiers, Rwanda has improved greatly over the years. The hosts have kept three clean sheets in the last five matches while Mali has only one clean in as many games. Rwanda also scored in three of their last five matches while Mali only found the net in one match of their last five. Our pick is goal for the away side and none for Mali.
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Coincidentally, Mali and Rwanda have only played against each other in world qualifiers. The hosts emerged victories away from home and bagged a draw at home in 2013 qualifier fixtures. Can they go unbeaten once again against Rwanda in 2022 WC? More details in the team previews below.
Mali is ranked 60th by FIFA, 67 places above Rwanda. With that, everyone would expect Mali to be the favourites in this match. However, a big worry for the hosts is their poor run of form. After going unbeaten in ten games, Mali’s last five matches have not produced impressive results. They have 1W and 4L in the last five games. The worrying trend is that the hosts failed to score in all the four losses. They come to this fixture with back to back defeats to Algeria and Tunisia in Club friendly fixtures played in June this year.
Rwanda has looked threatening in recent years. A chance to play in the 2022 World Cup is something the visitors wouldn’t want to waste, especially against struggling Libya. The visitors have three clean sheets in the last five games, two of which were victories. Another motivation for the visitors is that they have kept eight clean sheets in their last ten games, six of which were goalless draws.
Top Team Stats and UK Bookies with the Best Odds for Mali vs Rwanda
Frequently Asked Questions
When was the last encounter between Mali and Rwanda?
These teams met last in June 2013 in a fixture that ended 1-1 with Mali as the hosts.
What time will this game start?
The match will start at 22:00 GMT +3
When is the game taking place?
The match will be played on Wednesday 1st September 2021.