Both teams held an unforgettable tournament for themselves and gave their fans a lot of emotions. No one seriously considered the South African national team as a contender for medals, but despite this, the team was one step away from reaching the finals. In a dramatic match, the South Africans lost to Nigeria only in a penalty shootout. The Democratic Republic of the Congo was also not among the favorites of the tournament, but the team's bold play and luck allowed them to knock out the most serious rivals from the tournament. Both teams have every chance to repeat their achievements at this tournament and win bronze medals.
South Africa vs. Congo DR Preview
South Africa Preview
South Africa has gone through a thorny path to this match. After a not very successful group stage with 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss, Bafana Bafana beat one of the main favorites of the tournament Morocco and one of the best teams in this draw, Cape Verde in the playoffs. In the match against Nigeria, the team also performed well, but as the head coach of the South Africans correctly noted, a penalty shootout is always a lottery. South Africa has already had an outstanding tournament and is approaching this match in the right frame of mind to end it on a positive note.
Congo DR Preview
The Democratic Republic of the Congo squeaked through the playoff round, beating Egypt on penalties and suffering a victory over Guinea. It is noteworthy that in both matches the team did not look better than their rivals, but fortune was clearly on the side of Congo. Despite this, the Congo suffered a natural defeat in the semifinals from the hosts of the tournament, Ivory Coast. The team has a chance to repeat the success of 2015, when the Congolese won the bronze medal of the tournament, so we should expect extreme motivation from the players.
Betting Tips for South Africa vs. Congo DR
Penalty Shootout - Yes
The last 2 of the 4 matches for the 3rd place ended in a penalty shootout and this trend may continue in this match. Both teams are very patient and pragmatic and don't mind bringing the match to a penalty shootout. In addition, South Africa and Congo have already participated in penalty shootouts in the playoffs (2 South African matches, 1 Congo match). Parimatch evaluates this South Africa vs. Congo DR prediction with odds of 3.30.
Total Under 2.5 Goals
Both teams are aware of the importance of this match and it is foolish to expect an open game with a lot of goals. The African Cup of Nations as a whole is not too rich in goals, and given the status of the match, a single goal can decide everything. Moreover, in the entire history of meetings between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (7 matches), this total was broken only twice. Parimatch evaluates this South Africa vs. Congo DR tip with odds of 1.66.
First Half - Draw
Given the pragmatism of both teams, the first half promises to be very cautious from both sides. Individual teams’ statistics also favor this South Africa vs. Congo DR prediction, since both South Africa and Congo ended their first halves with a draw in the last 4 consecutive games. There is no need to rush events and abandon defensive strengths, which is why it is even possible to bet on the correct score of 0-0 in the first half. South Africa vs. Congo DR odds for the draw in the first half are 2.03, as given by Parimatch.
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