South Africa women vs Argentina predicted lineups and latest team news

On Friday, July 28th Banyana Banyana will play the second game of just their second-ever World Cup. The South African women are bound to be hurting from the heartbreaking defeat vs Sweden in their first game. Can they rally and keep their hopes alive? Here we give you all Banyana Banyana team news and our predicted lineups too.

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The game is scheduled for Friday, July 28th and will be played in Dunedin, New Zealand at the Forsyth Barr Stadium. The kick-off time is 01:00 am GMT. Now, let’s delve straight and look at all Banyana Banyana team news ahead of the match.

Banyana Banyana lineup today: Will Magaia win the race against time?

South Africa played very well against the world’s 2nd-ranked team Sweden in their opening match. Banyana Banyana took the lead early in the second half and despite conceding an equaliser soon after they were close to a deserved point. Unfortunately, a last-minute goal saw them lose 1-2.

Still, the good organisation and the excellent work rate put in by everyone should give Banyana Banyana confidence and courage as they face two lower-ranked teams in their next two matches. With everyone giving it their all in the first match will there be changes to the Banyana Banyana lineup today?

Team news

The main Banyana Banyana team news remains if the goalscorer from the first match Hildah Magaia will be able to pass a late fitness test and play vs Argentina. Magaia got hurt shortly after scoring in the first game. She has recovered well according to her manager though and if she is fit the South Africa women lineup vs Argentina could be the same as it was in the first game.

South Africa Predicted Lineups (4-2-3-1):

Swart – Ramalepe, Mbane, Gamede, Holweni – Jane, Biyana – Seoposenwe, Motlhalo, Magaia – Kgatlana

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Argentina predicted lineup: Where the goals will come from?

Argentina also lost their opening game of the group in dramatic circumstances. The South Americans were edged 0-1 by Italy, with the only goal of the game scored near the end. La Albiceleste defended well for most of the match and were close to only their second-ever clean sheet at World Cups. They were very passive going forward though and created precious little.

Coach German Portanova wasn’t happy with the discipline of his players in the first game either. This is what he said after 4 Argentinian ladies were booked vs Italy: “If only we have put this energy we threw into the tackles into creating chances we would have won.”

Team news

Coach Portanova confirmed that there are no injury issues in the Argentine camp. Despite the toothless display in the first game, the gaffer might give the same starting lineup a chance to improve. The Argentinians need to provide better help for their lone striker Larroquette but it seems she will start again and be the main hope for goals.

Here is how we think Argentina will line up in this opening game.

Argentina Predicted Lineups (4-5-1):

Correa – Braun, Mayorga, Cometti, Stabile – Nunez, Falfan, Benitez, Banini, Bonsegundo – Larroquette

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