Morocco vs Benin Preview and Pick

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Morocco recorded all three wins in the group stage, and each of them ended with the identical, 1-0 scoreline. The Atlas Lions topped their group ahead of Ivory Coast, South Africa, and Namibia while Benin advanced to the knockout phase with three draws, including the last two which were scoreless.

Morocco vs Benin

•    Africa Cup of Nations

•    Al Salam Stadium, Cairo, Egypt

•    Friday 5 July

•    18:00 CET

Morocco Team News and Latest Form

Stranger things have happened in football, but Morocco (FIFA rank #47) are hot favorites in this Africa Cup of Nations round-of-16 tie. In a testament to their resilience at the back, Morocco approach this one after three consecutive 1-0 wins, making it eight matches out of the last nine involving them where the first scorer on the day has won.

On top of this, Morocco’s last failure to win after scoring first occurred during last year’s World Cup, back in June 2018. However, Morocco’s scoring rate could be better, and it is worth noting that Hervé Renard’s men have failed to score multiple goals in eight of their last ten AFCON games.

Youssef En-Nesyri has scored his last three international goals before the break. Morocco have kept a first-half clean sheet in seven of their last ten matches (including friendlies). Seven of Morocco’s previous ten AFCON games have produced under 1.5 match goals.

Benin Team News and Latest Form

Underdogs Benin (#88) face Morocco having lost all five historical H2Hs, scoring just two goals and conceding 19. Furthermore, against all opponents, they are winless in 12 previous AFCON tournament fixtures (D4, L8), failing to score at all in two-thirds (eight) of that doleful dozen.

On a more positive note, eight of Benin’s last ten matches have seen them manage a first-half clean sheet. Overall, Benin have avoided defeat in eight of their last ten competitive games (W2, D6, L2), with four of their previous eight during this run featuring under 1.5 match goals.

Mickaël Poté has scored five of his six international goals in the first half. Eight of Benin’s last ten games have seen the first-half result mirror the final result.

Morocco vs Benin Head to Head

These rivals have met on five occasions before, and Morocco won all five encounters, including two in this century. Still, they haven’t faced in the last ten years as the previous duel occurred in 2008, in a friendly game.

Morocco vs Benin Betting Tip

Betting on Morocco to win at 1.50 (-200) odds is perhaps not such an attractive option, but considering the low 1.40 (-250) odds on under 2.5 goals, it seems like a solid bet. I am suggesting you add it to your acca but while you can also back the Atlas Lions on a single bet with a higher stake. They proved their worth in a relatively tough group with Ivory Coast and South Africa and anything but Morocco’s win in this one would be a surprise.

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