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Saudi Arabia vs Mali prediction, free betting tips & odds

Date: 17th October 2023
Kick-Off: 16:00 UK, 17:00 CET

Saudi Arabia will face Mali in a curious match from the ongoing friendlies.

Saudi Arabia vs Mali Predictions and Top Betting Tips

Saudi Arabia vs Mali will be a very interesting match between two very different teams. Here are our predictions.

Total Goals Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals

Mali have one of the best defenses on the African continent right now and their performances have been perfect. On the other end, Saudi Arabia are abysmal in defense. They concede multiple goals per game and we definitely expect them to lose to Mali here. The important fact is that Saudi Arabia still manages to score goals in most of their fixtures against better teams.

Match Result Prediction: Mali to Win

Mali have not faced such a bad defensive team in a while and we expect them to have an easy task up front. This should be another win for them and a good training match for their star players. Saudi Arabia played 8 matches in 2023 and lost six of them, conceding 2+ goals in 5/8. Mali are strong defensively and effective in attack, so two goals should be the minimum here.

Correct Score Prediction: 2-1 to Mali

Saudi Arabia lose most matches but at least score goals. They scored in 6 out of 8 matches this year and in most cases, they faced tough teams like Nigeria, South Korea, Costa Rica, Bolivia, etc. Mali should concede one here but outscore their opponents. When we compare the Saudi Arabia vs Mali line ups, we definitely think that the visitors have a huge advantage.

Saudi Arabia vs Mali Team Previews

Saudi Arabia Preview

After their shocking win at the start of the World Cup when they beat Argentina, it has all gone downhill for Saudi Arabia. They have played ten matches since then and lost eight of them. This national team has literally no defense. They concede 2+ goals on average. The only positive thing about their game is that they score in almost every single match, no matter the opponent.

Mali Preview

Mali have truly been impressive over the last few years. The team is playing brilliant tactical football and they rely on defense a lot. The positive thing is that they succeed and they concede goals extremely rarely. It happened three times in the last ten games in all competitions.

FAQs regarding Saudi Arabia vs Mali

Saudi Arabia vs Mali

In which places are the two teams in the FIFA World Rankings right now?

Mali are one of the highest-ranked national teams in Africa and currently sit at 49th place. Saudi Arabia are not that far behind at 57th.

Which team is the favorite to win this game?

The odds have not yet been revealed but we expect Mali to have the advantage.

Which team won the previous Saudi Arabia vs Mali game?

The teams met in a friendly match a few years ago and it ended in a 1-1 draw.


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