An interesting fixture is on the cards as Morocco vs Bafana Bafana go head-to-head at the Laurent Pokou Stadium on Tuesday January 30.
Both teams will contend with each other for a place in the quarter-final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2023). Who will be left standing when it's all said and done?
Morocco vs Bafana Bafana predictions
Before we proceed with our Morocco vs Bafana Bafana predictions, let's provide a quick background on both teams.
It's worth mentioning that Morocco and South Africa's Bafana Bafana were paired in the same qualifying group for this tournament.
After Zimbabwe withdrew from the tournament, Morocco, Bafana Bafana and Liberia battled for two AFCON spots.
Also, while Morocco finished as Group F leaders, Bafana Bafana were second in Group E. With that in mind, these are our Morocco vs Bafana Bafana predictions:
Prediction 1: Morocco to win
Bafana Bafana didn't really have an impressive group stage campaign, even though they were second in their group. Hugo Broos‘ men won just one of three group games, failing to score in the other two.
As a matter of fact, Bafana Bafana won just one of their last five matches in all competitions. This is in contrast with Morocco, who have enjoyed some fine form in recent months.
The Atlas Lions are currently on an eight-match unbeaten run, with six wins and two draws. They've also been solid defensively, keeping five clean sheets in that stretch.
On that note, we are fairly confident that the Atlas Lions will advance to the last eight at the expense of South Africa's Bafana Bafana.
Prediction 2: Both teams not to score
Next, let's take a look at the BTTS market. To be fair, both teams tend to get on the scoresheet whoever these teams meet.
In fact, Morocco and Bafana Bafana met on nine occasions, and seven of those skirmishes featured goals at both ends.
However, that hasn't been the case with both teams' recent matches. Bafana Bafana failed to score in four of their last five matches, whilst keeping three clean sheets in that stretch.
Keeping in mind that Morocco did not concede in five of their last five games, we shouldn't expect goals at both ends.
Prediction 3: Under 2.5 goals
We'll close out our Morocco vs Bafana Bafana predictions by exploring the over/under goals market.
Given Bafana Bafana's recent struggles in front of goal, it's no surprise that they've been involved in a fair few low-scoring matches these past few months.
In fact, Hugo Broos' troops saw nine of their last 11 games go below the 2.5 goal mark.
Similarly, three of Morocco's last four competitive games produced less than three goals. For these reasons, we don't think these teams will score up to three goals between them.
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