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Argentina vs South Africa betting tips: Women’s World Cup preview, predictions, team news and odds

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Argentina vs South Africa match preview

Both of these teams tasted defeat at the hands of European opponents on matchday one, meaning both badly need a win in Dunedin.

On Sunday, South Africa took on Group G’s juggernauts Sweden in Wellington, going into that clash as massive underdogs.

So, it was a major surprise when, shortly after half time, Hildah Magaia bundled home an opener on the rebound, ending up in the back of the net herself, after Thembi Kgatlana’s shot had been saved.

However, in the pouring rain, Sweden equalised not long after before, in the final minute of normal time, the Scandinavian nation pinched the points via a corner.

Heartbreak for Banyana Banyana, who came agonisingly close to their first World Cup point, having lost all three matches on debut in 2019.

Nevertheless, Desiree Ellis’ side will feel their two remaining group games are substantially more winnable, so will it be an historic night for South Africa?

On Monday, la Albiceleste got their fourth World Cup campaign up and running against Italy at Eden Park in a game that, in truth, will not live long in the memory.

With the clash petering slowly towards a goalless draw, Italy struck with just three minutes remaining, which was a real gut-punch for Germán Portanova’s team.

Given that Argentina’s final group game is against Sweden on Wednesday, they’ll feel this is must win, if they’re to harbour any hopes of reaching the knockout phase for the very first time.

Will either WAFCON champions South Africa or South American giants Argentina be celebrating their nation’s maiden World Cup victory at Forsyth Barr Stadium?

Argentina team news

Having only come off the bench for 13 minutes on Monday, Yamila Rodríguez will be hoping to start this time.

Sophia Braun could keep her place at right-back, chosen over Gabriela Chávez, with Estefanía Banini’s remaining la Albiceleste’s primary goal threat.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Correa; Braun, Cometti, Mayorga, Stábile; Falfán, Núñez, Benítez; Rodríguez, Bonsegundo, Banini.

South Africa teams news

Nomvula Kgoale or Gabriela Salgado could come into midfield, while defender Noko Matlou missed the Sweden defeat due to a slight knock.

Meanwhile, in goal, Kaylin Swart got the nod, chosen over Andile Dlamini.

Predicted XI (4-4-2): Swart; Ramalepe, Mbane, Gamede, Holweni; Biyana, Jane, Seoposenwe, Motlhalo; Magaia, Kgatlana.

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