Morocco v Ivory Coast Betting Tips & Predictions
Morocco and Ivory Coast both opened their 2019 African Nations Cup campaign with 1-0 victories, meaning the two teams come into this Cairo clash in a strong position with three points already in the bank.
The Atlas Lions needed a late own goal to overcome Namibia, with Hakim Ziyech’s free-kick causing confusion in the opposition penalty area after it appeared that Herve Renard’s team were going to be thwarted in their attempt to break down stubborn opposition.
Morocco has seventeen shots in that game and nine were on target, with Namibia failing to trouble them throughout the match and it’s clear that Romain Saiss and Mehdi Benatia form a stubborn central defensive rearguard that will be hard to beat.
Several of the team’s attacking players have enjoyed an excellent domestic season and none more so than Ziyech who was voted the best football player in the entire Dutch Eredivisie last term, helping Ajax to reach the Champions League semi-final stage.
We’re surprised that the Ivory Coast are favourites for this clash, with the Elephants having beaten South Africa in their opening match thanks to a Jonathan Kodjia goal midway through the second half.
It means that the team have now won five of their previous six matches and come up against a Morocco side whose coach previously took charge of the Ivory Coast.
We’re expecting a cagey encounter at the Al Salam Stadium, although Morocco can be taken with a degree of confidence on the Asian Handicap market, with Ibrahim Kamara not quite on a par with Renard when it comes to managerial experience.
The Frenchman has had the upper hand over the Elephants since taking charge of the Atlas Lions and is eyeing another opportunity to land victory. It shouldn’t be forgotten that he has won AFCON with the Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia before.
Morocco 0 @ 2.00 with bet365