Joseph Lamptey was suspended after last November’s meeting, which the Bafana Bafana won 2-1. The Ghanaian referee awarded a penalty against Kalidou Koulibaly - with replays showing it hit his knee.
Therefore, for Stuart Baxter’s men to book their ticket to Russia, they will have to see off Aliou Cissé’s side home and away as they have just four points from four games.
Prior to their victory over Burkina Faso, South Africa have lost their previous three matches. They have not been brilliant in front of their home fans lately, winning just once in three duels. Bet365 offers them at (2.90) for the win.
A draw is very feasible here going by the stats available. Both sides have met five times with three ending in stalemates and the betting outfit qoutes odds of (2.87) for the same outcome here.
For the Senegalese, they have a lesser burden to make it to Russia as a victory for them in Polokwane will secure their place and a second outing at the global football showpiece.
Also, the Lions of Teranga boast of better, potent and reliable men up front with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Monaco’s Keita Balde. In addition, they have never lost to the Bafana Bafana in a competitive game and are (2.70) to triumph in this duel.
It is noteworthy that both sides have registered just five goals in their last four meetings and odds of (1.58) are on offer for less than three goals to surface in the clash.
Senegal have avoided defeat in four of their previous five meetings with their hosts and the bookmakers have priced (1.44) for the same result in this engagement.
Both sides have met just five times with three of the first-half results ending in a barren draw while five of the ten goals scored were in the second-half. , Bet365 tops most goals to be prduced in the second half at (2.10).