Both Morocco and Ivory Coast got tight 1-0 wins in their opening game of the Africa Cup of Nations, and this clash will probably decide the winner of Group D.
Morocco vs Ivory Coach
• Africa Cup of Nations
• Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, Egypt
• Friday 28 June
• 19:00 CET
Morocco Team News and Latest Form
In a decisive clash for top place of Group D, Morocco (FIFA rank: #47) take on Ivory Coast (#62) in a tight matchup. Both teams had an identical record in the qualifying phase (W3, D2, L1), and both won their Africa Cup of Nations openers 1-0.
After ending a nine-game H2H winless streak in all competitions with two straight victories to nil, Morocco are now hoping to go seven matches without a loss in the AFCON (including qualifiers). The Atlas Lions secured a 1-0 victory in their opening game thanks to an own-goal in the 89th minute as they added to an impressive record of 53.85% clean sheets in the last 26 matches (W14, D7, L5).
Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech had a fantastic 2018/19 campaign (21 goals in all competitions) and bagged a brace in a recent international friendly.
Ivory Coast Team News and Latest Form
Ivory Coast are also looking to go seven matches unbeaten (including qualifiers). It is worth mentioning that the Elephants have drawn eight competitive matches 0-0 since September 2016 (W7, D12, L8) and have seen 65.38% of such games produce under 2.5 goals.
Scoring two or more goals in 35.56% of 45 last matches since 2016, Ivory Coast meet a Morocco team who’ve netted 2+ goals in 51.11% of 45 previous games. Although a small difference, with three H2H competitive wins each – five of which finished 1-0 – could we see another AFCON low-scoring affair in this one?
Aston Villa striker Jonathan Kodjia has ten international goals in 20 caps and has scored in his previous two matches.
Morocco vs Ivory Coast Head to Head
Morocco and Ivory Coast have faced 13 times before, and the current H2H record is on Ivory Coast’s side as they have five wins while Morocco have three with five draws. Atlas Lions were better in the last two meetings, though, and didn’t concede a single goal in return.
Morocco vs Ivory Coast Betting Tip
Even though none of the previous five H2H encounters produced goals on both ends and both teams failed to hit the net in their respective AFCON openers, I am going with BTTS here at high 2.25 (+125) odds. Ziyech, Amrabat, and Boussoufa can be quite dangerous while Ivory Coast have such players as Pepe, Zaha, and Kodjia, all of which are capable goal-scorers.