Tanzania and Benin were hard to separate at the top of Group J, but this Thursday will have to give something up as the two countries will meet for the first of their two encounters in less than seven days.
Preview World Cup Qualifying
This could be a huge game in the race for the World Cup final on Thursday, as Tanzania and Benin are at the top of Group J after two rounds of play. There is still a long way to go in the qualifying campaign, but if they win this week, they have an incredible chance of making it to the third round.
Tanzania is close to the top of Group J after the two games played so far. They have won once and drawn once so far, and are ahead of Benin thanks to their superior scoring record. Tanzania won their first qualifier last time against Madagascar, beating their rivals 3-2 at home.
It was a dominant start for the home side as they led 2-0 after 26 minutes after goals from Erasto Nyoni and Novatus Dismas. However, their opponents struck back before halftime. Nevertheless, Tanzania still managed to cross the line with Feisal Salum scoring the winner after 52 minutes.
Benin can move to the top of Group J this weekend, but only a win is enough to make that happen. They also have four points from the two games they have played. However, they have a much better defensive record, conceded only once so far. Benin were held back by DR Congo in their most recent match, with Jordan Adeoti scoring the equalizer after half an hour in that match.
Tanzania vs Benin Head to Head
Benin has the slightly better record in this match as they have won two of the four previous matches. However, their last win came back in June 2003. Tanzania won a match against Benin in 2014, while the last meeting in 2017 ended in a draw.
Tanzania vs Benin Prediction
It’s unlikely any of these parties want to give away too much in this fixture. A draw for both sides would be seen as a decent result, so a fairly quiet 0-0 draw could be the most likely outcome.
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