Match Preview: Morocco 1-1 Benin Prediction and Betting Tips | Africa Cup of Nations (Round of 16)

Morocco – Benin betting tips for today, July 5, 2019

Kick-off: 17:00 Morocco – Benin
Football: Africa Cup of Nations – Round of 16
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Odds: 1.61
Bookmaker: 1xbet
Match Result: 1:1 WON!!!

Match Preview

Stranger things have happened in football, but Morocco (FIFA rank #47) are hot favourites in this Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 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.
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 (inc. friendlies) 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 last eight during this run featuring under 1.5 match goals.
Players to watch: Morocco’s Youssef En-Nesyri has scored his last three international goals before the break.
Benin’s Mickaël Poté has scored five of his six international goals in the first half.
Stat attack: Morocco have kept a first-half clean sheet in seven of their last ten matches (inc. friendlies).
Seven of Morocco’s last ten AFCON games have produced under 1.5 match goals.
Eight of Benin’s last ten games have seen the first-half result mirror the final result.