Sports Innovation previews the World Cup match between Zambia and Mauritania and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
Zambia welcome Mauritania to the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka for a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
Both teams head into the fixture with nothing to lose. They’ve failed to qualify for the third round of the CAF World Cup qualification phase, leaving them with nothing left but pride to play for here.
Zambia hope to end a three-match winless run at home. The Copper Bullets are in third place in Group B, having managed four points from as many games. Mauritania, in contrast, are chasing their first win. The rock-bottom Lions of Chinguetti have recorded just one point so far.
Facts and figures for Zambia vs Mauritania in World Cup.
- Zambia did not win the last 3 matches in a row;
- Zambia did not win the last 3 matches in a row at home;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Zambia’s last 5 of 7 matches;
- Zambia conceded in the last 9 of 11 matches.
- Mauritania did not win the last 6 matches in a row;
- Mauritania has lost the last 3 matches in a row when playing away;
- Mauritania did not win the last 6 matches in a row when playing away;
- Mauritania has lost in the last 5 of 6 matches.
Current form — Zambia vs Mauritania
The Copper Bullets hope to end poor form
Zambia will enter the match hoping to see the back of some rather disappointing results in recent matches. Only a single point prevents Beston Chambeshi’s side from getting through their last 3 games empty-handed. They came up short, losing 2-0 and 2-0 against Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea, respectively. Their latest match brought some consolation with a 1-1 against Equatorial Guinea.
The Lions of Chinguetti seek to end poor results
Mauritania will enter the match hoping to see the back of some rather disappointing results in recent matches. In their last 3 games, Gérard Buscher’s side suffered back-to-back defeats to Equatorial Guinea by a 1-0 scoreline and 3-0 to Tunisia. They held Tunisia to a 0-0 draw last time out.
Zambia vs Mauritania — fixture history
The last time the pair played each other, Zambia came away as 2-1 winners in a World Cup qualifier back in September 2021.
Zambia head into their upcoming match against Mauritania with a 100% winning record in recent World Cup meetings. In 1 encounter, that amounts to a 1-0-0 record for the home side, as they amassed a win rate of 0%.
Looking at the goalscorer market, it would seem a good idea to side with Fashion Sakala or Enock Mwepu for Zambia. They are the two players to have scored the most frequently for Zambia in recent games. That said, Patson Daka has been in excellent form for English club Leicester City and could be worth a tilt here.
As for the visitors, Mamadou Niass is the only goalscorer from their previous six games.