Morocco v Benin Betting Tips & Predictions
Morocco couldn’t have hand-picked a better last sixteen opponent, with the Atlas Lions among the favourites to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations and they looked strong during the group phase of the tournament.
Herve Renard’s team claimed three successive 1-0 victories over Namibia, Ivory Coast and South Africa to land a maximum nine points in AFCON Group D, with the manager able to rest several players for that final game and still see the team land victory.
Captain Mehdi Benatia will be back to marshal the defence in this knockout match, with the former Juventus and Bayern Munich star accompanied by Roman Saiss in the heart of the defence and it’s hard to see how Benin will have much joy going forward.
Hakim Ziyech is probably the team’s star turn and played particularly well in that deserved win over the Elephants, with Nordin Amrabat also a thorn in the side for opposition defences and we think that they’ll create many chances against an inferior opponent.
Benin finished third in a competitive Group F which also included Ghana and Cameroon, with the Squirrels managing a 2-2 draw against the former before a goalless draw against the latter and also Guinea-Bissau.
They did come into this tournament off the back of three successive victories and scored six goals in the process, although it appears that they’ll adopt a more defensive game plan against a team expected to win this game.
Benin did qualify convincingly behind Algeria for the African Nations Cup although they averaged less than a goal per game and ended up with a negative goal difference which is something to consider for this match.
With Renard having the tactical knowhow to win AFCON as he’s proved before, we’re going to grab some of the odds-against about Morocco winning this match without conceding a goal.
Morocco win to nil @ 2.10 (11/10) with bet365