Preview: Togo vs. Congo

In search of their first win in Group H of the World Cup qualifiers, Togo and Congo go head to head at the Stade de Kegue on Saturday.

Having lost their opening two games, the hosts find themselves rooted to the bottom of the table, while the visitors are one point above courtesy of an opening-day draw with Namibia.

Following a 3-1 victory over Comoros in the first qualifying round, Togo were condemned to a 2-0 loss versus Senegal in their Group H curtain-raiser on September 1.

After heading into the interval with the scores level, the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations runners-up upped the ante in the second half as Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the 56th minute, before Abdou Diallo completed the rout with an 80th-minute strike.

Claude Le Roy’s men failed to find their feet in their subsequent outing as they were beaten 1-0 by Namibia in Lome four days later.

Twenty-eight-year-old forward Elmo Kambindu came up trumps for the Brave Warriors as he scored the only goal of the game eight minutes after the half-time break.

Togo, who are winless in eight of their most recent 10 outings across all competitions, have lost six games and picked up one draw since the turn of the year.

Meanwhile, Congo were held to a somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw against Namibia in their group opener on September 2.

This was followed by a 3-1 defeat versus group favourites Senegal at the Stade Alphonse Massamba-Debat a little under one week later.

After Boulaye Dia and Silvere Ganvoula scored for either side to end the first half level, Ismaila Sarr put Senegal ahead in the 82nd minute before Mane made sure of the result from the penalty spot five minutes later.

Congo are winless in five of their last six games in all competitions, with a 1-0 friendly win over Niger on June 9 being the only exception.

However, they will fancy their chances of ending this dry spell this weekend as they take on an out-of-sorts opposing side, who are currently 44 places below them in the FIFA World Rankings.

Togo World Cup Qualifying – Africa form:
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Togo form (all competitions):
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Congo World Cup Qualifying – Africa form:
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Congo form (all competitions):
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We say: Togo 1-1 Congo
Togo and Congo have struggled to get going in recent outings and currently find themselves separated by just one point in the bottom half of the Group H table. Considering they head into the game in similar form, we anticipate the spoils will be shared as both sides set up a defensive barricade to avoid dropping more points.

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