On the last match day in Group D, leaders Morocco and third-placed South Africa meet. While the lions from the Atlas have come through the group stage without blemish and are qualified for the knockout stages with two wins, the Bafana Bafana started with a well-deserved defeat against the Ivorian elephants. The second game was a must-win and the team delivered it in the shape of a 1-0 against the neighbors from Namibia. However, the team could playfully convince again little. The success was mainly due to a blameless harmlessness on the part of the Brave Warriors. Due to the three points South Africa is still back in the race for qualification for the knockout stages.
Today’s Betting Prediction South Africa vs Morocco
With a victory, the South African national team would even pass on the coming opponent, as in a draw of the points of the direct comparison reaches as a decision criterion. However, the previous performances, in contrast to Morocco, but weaker. In addition, the eleven would like to defend captain Thulani Hlatshwayo quite a place, because in the case of Group D, the first in the second round may compete against one of the four qualifying group third. To keep the place in the sun, Morocco draws. A game outcome, which probably also solves the ticket for the playoffs for South Africa, depending on the outstanding games in the other groups. The South Africa vs. Morocco tip thus provides that the points will be shared and under 1.5 goals in the first half. This has always been the case in the very poor matches of South Africa and Morocco.
South Africa – Statistics & Current Form
Football in South Africa has seen better times: qualifiers for a World Cup like 1998 and 2002 have not been achieved, with the exception of the 2010 World Cup and automatically secured participation. Also in the Africa Cup, where the Bafana Bafana first triumphed in 1996 and came in the following two editions always in the top three, it was sobering in the recent past. In 2017, the qualification was missed and two years earlier, only the last place in their own group was taken.
The entry into the current competition failed as well. With 0: 1 South Africa had to give the kickers from the Ivory Coast completely deserved beaten. No direct shot on goal was made in the game by Scottish coach Stuart Baxter’s team. The recent victory against Namibia was again narrowly 1-0 and can be classified as a happy duty against a playfully but very limited opponent.
Before the Africa Cup South Africa already completed the COSAFA Cup, a kind of championship of the southern part of the continent. More than fifth place on penalties against Malawi, only number 128 in the world rankings, was also not in this year. Furthermore, the three games in this competition, which took place in just six days at the beginning of June, certainly cost a lot of strength. In South Africa, there is otherwise a lack of quality in all parts of the team, and the offense is usually hard to beat for harmlessness. With 23-year-old Lebo Mothiba from French League Cup winner Racing Strasbourg, best scorer of the Alsatian club this season, and two-year-old Percy Tau from Brighton & Hove Albion, who in turn is in the second Belgian league for the Brussels club this season Royale Union St. Gilles was loaned out, the squad has two talented offensive forces, but equivalent combatants are missing.
Expected formation of South Africa:
↳ Williams – Mkhize – Hlanti – Mkhwanazi – Hlatshwayo – Makotjo – Tau – Maboe – Furman – Mothiba – Zwane
Last matches from South Africa:
⚽️ 28.06.2019 – South Africa vs. Namibia 1: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 24.06.2019 – Ivory Coast vs South Africa 1: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 15.06.2019 – Ghana Vs. South Africa 0: 0 (friendly)
⚽️ 07.06.2019 – South Africa vs. Malawi 0: 0 (COSAFA Cup)
⚽️ 04.06.2019 – Uganda Vs. South Africa 1: 1 (COSAFA Cup)
Morocco – Statistics & Current Form
The fans of Morocco have been waiting for the next title at the Africa Cup of Nations for 43 years. Two years ago, the path led at least once again to the quarter-finals, after it was enough in the four previous participations always only for the group hare. The recent uptick in domestic football can also be confirmed by the successful qualification for the last World Cup in Russia. Although Morocco lost to Iran and Portugal, but at least against the Spaniards draw at home. The participation in itself was a success, as it was successful for the first time after 20 years.
The delicate upswing can be linked unquestionably with the coach Herve Renard. The Frenchman took over the post three years ago and is very familiar with football on the continent. So Renard was already twice coach of Zambia and the Ivory Coast. He led both countries to a title at the African Cup! The match for the opening match against Namibia, the 50-year-old has certainly presented his players once again as a video to criticize the lack of opportunity exploitation. Although the opponent was completely dominated, but on the numerous occasions only one goal jumped out. Actually, even not, because the golden goal to the 1-0 victory, the opponent got with an own goal in the penultimate minute of regular time.
In the second group game the opponent was called Ivory Coast and this time only one goal was rejoiced. Nevertheless, the win was earned and the performance was stronger. Again, there was no goal, which was once again shown that the defensive in Morocco is particularly well occupied. In the defense network cavort so illustrious names as Achraf Hakimi Borussia Dortmund or captain and ex-Juve player Mehdi Benatia. With Hakim Ziyech you can also discover a very good offensive player. In his only 23 international matches the right winger comes to the proud yield of 14 goals. The 26-year-old has also proven his exceptional scoring skills with his employer and double winner Ajax Amsterdam this season: 16 goals in 29 appearances were also a top value. The youngest goal against the elephants, however, was marked by striker Youssef En-Nesyri. The 22-year-old plays for CD Leganes in La Liga and scored the most goals (nine) in his club this season.
Expected lineup of Morocco:
↳ Bono – Benatia – Saiss – Hakimi – Dirar – Ait Benasser – Bourabia – Ziyech – Amrabat – Boussouffa – En-Nesyri
Last matches of Morocco:
⚽️ 28.06.2019 – Morocco vs. Ivory Coast 1: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 23.06.2019 – Morocco vs. Namibia 1: 0 (Africa Cup)
⚽️ 16.06.2019 – Morocco vs. Zambia 2: 3 (friendly)
⚽️ 12.06.2019 – Morocco Vs. Gambia 0: 1 (friendly)
⚽️ 26.03.2019 – Morocco vs. Argentina 0: 1 (friendly)
South Africa vs Morocco Direct Comparison
The look at the direct comparison has little meaning in this pairing, since the last duel is already six years ago. At that time, the countries met in a friendly match and parted 1: 1. It was the third draw in a row. South Africa won the two previous games. The Bafana Bafana are thus still without defeat in this mating. In the upcoming match at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo between South Africa and Morocco, the odds still favor the North Africans.
South Africa vs Morocco Our Best Football Prediction
The Atlas Lions have already secured their qualification for the Round of 16 in a safe and playful manner in their last match against Ivory Coast compared to the opening match against Namibia. This is only valid for Bafana Bafana. After the bankruptcy against the elephants succeeded in the second match only a shallow work victory against the Brave Warriors. Morocco not only has the better squad, but also has Herve Renard, an excellent coach who was the only coach so far triumphing with two different countries at the Africa Cup of Nations. Especially the defense of the Moroccan selection is usually very safe.
Key Facts – South Africa vs Morocco tips
⭐️ Morocco is 45th and South Africa 73rd in the FIFA World Ranking
⭐️ The Atlas Lions have already solved the ticket for the round of 16
⭐️ The scores of both teams is one hit per tournament match
In qualifying, four of the six group games ended with a clean sheet and two more were added in the current competition. However, since the qualification is in good shape prematurely, Morocco will not go to its own limits in the upcoming match. It is more likely to be a match, in which above all the zero is held, because with a draw the group victory is certain. For South Africa, this result should in all likelihood also suffice to enter the playoffs. Given this starting position, South Africa vs. Morocco hinted a draw and their prediction to under two goals in the first half, as in all four games of the two opponents fell even only one goal in the entire season.
Competition: Africa Cup of Nations 2019
Betting Predictions: Draw and under 1.5 goals (1st half)
Stake: 3/10 units