Two nations that both have outside chances of reaching the Qatar World Cup meet in the second round of fixtures in the second stage of CAF World Cup qualification on Tuesday. Both nations didn’t get off to the perfect start, which means only maximum points will do this week.
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Out of the two nations in this fixture, it would see as though Tanzania have the slightly better chance of reaching the World Cup finals. They avoided defeat in their first qualifier in Group J, as they took a respectable point on the road against DR Congo. The point means that Tanzania are now unbeaten in three games, and they needed to work hard to get that result. They fell behind early in the first half, but managed to get back on level terms with nine minutes to go before the half time whistle. Simon Msuva was the player to level the scores, and it was precisely what they deserved for their performance. However, a win in this second game is vital for them, if they have aspirations of topping the group.
Madagascar have a slightly more difficult challenge if they are to reach the next stage of qualification, as they were beaten in their first game of the group stage. That result means that they are now winless in six games, and can’t afford many more defeats if they are to reach the next stage of qualification. Benin took the win in that first group game, which means that they are the only nation in Group J to have taken maximum points from their first fixture. Madagascar now know that a second defeat in succession would leave their qualification hopes on the brink, and could be the end to their dreams of reaching the Qatar World Cup finals.
Tanzania vs Madagascar Head to Head
Madagascar actually have a fine record against Tanzania in the overall record. They have recorded five wins from ten games against their opponents. They won the last fixture between the nations in 2015, and are unbeaten in five. Tanzania’s last win came in 1980.
Tanzania vs Madagascar Prediction
Madagascar may have an excellent record against Tanzania, but it is hard to support their chances of winning this fixture. Tanzania picked up a credible point in their first game, and we expect them to kick on in the second fixture that they have on Tuesday.
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