Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Madagascar kick off their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign with a home match against Benin. Madagascar failed to impress in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign. New boss Eric Rabesandratana has a number of players from African leagues to choose from, and seeing that the Barea were struggling in front of goal in March qualfiers, a low-scoring affair is on the cards.
Benin do not seem to be at their sharpest as well, and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on under 2.5 goals. You should know that under 2.5 goals have been netted in seven of Benin’s last eight games in all competitions. The two teams meet for the first time since November 2003.
Highlighted Player (Romain Métanire):
Born in Metz, France on March 28. 1990, Romain Metanire is a defender, who plays for Minnesota United in the Major League Soccer. Metanire started his senior career at Metz and after playing for the likes of Kortrijk and Reims, he moved to United States of America.
The 178-cm tall footballer made his debut for the Loons on March 3, 2019 in a 3-2 win over Vancouver Whitecaps in the opening match of the season. Despite being born in France, Romain Metanire represents Madagascar on the international stage. He made his debut for the national team in a 2-2 draw with Senegal in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. His preferred foot is right and his main position is right-back.
Romain Metanire helped Reims secure automatic promotion to the Ligue 1 in the 2017/2018 season. Reims clinched top position in the Ligue 2 in style, 15 points clear Nimes, but the following season Metanire made only five appearances in the French elite division.
Highlighted Team (Benin):
Benin are the African football team that were known as Dahomey national football team until 1975. The Squirrels have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup finals, but they will compete for the fourth time at the Africa Cup of Nations at the tournament in Egypt 2019.
Oumar Tchomogo’s team were grouped with the likes of Ghana, Guinea-Bissau and Cameroon in the group stages of the competition. Benin’s home kit is predominantly yellow, whilst they wear green shirts, green shorts and red socks when playing on the travels. The African side recorded their biggest win on December 27, 1961, with the team beating Mauritania 7-0 under the name of Dahomey.
Two years earlier, though, they were crushed by Nigeria 10-1, which is considered their biggest ever loss on the international stage. Benin usually host their rivals at Stade de l’Amitie, the venue with the capacity of 20,000. The Squirrels played their first ever international game on November 8, 1959, with the team suffering a 1-0 loss to Nigeria.