Morocco Vs Malawi: Match Preview, Betting Tips & Predictions
The “big countries” left at the current AFCON tournament will be especially wary now after Tunisia’s shock win over Nigeria on Sunday which reminded everyone that in tournament football, anything can happen.
Coming into AFCON 2021 after losing four games on the bounce, The Flames of Malawi acquitted themselves well enough in the group stage by beating Zimbabwe, drawing with Senegal and only losing to Guinea to qualify as one of the best fourth-placed teams.
Morocco, on the other hand, came into the tournament in a rich vein of form. They beat Comoros and Ghana, drawing with Gabon along the way to topping Group C.
Morocco vs Malawi Head-to-Head
Morocco and Malawi have faced each other just twice with Morocco holding the advantage in both fixtures. The North African side won one game and drew the other, scoring 3 goals along the way and conceding none.
Barring a defeat on penalties to Saudi Arabia last year, the Moroccan team have been on an impressive unbeaten run over 90 minutes for the last two years. With that form and their dominant performance in the AFCON 2021 group stage, they are clear favorites in this tie.
Malawi will be optimistic of pulling an upset, however, if their performance against star-studded Senegal in the last group game is anything to go by. Despite their poor form before the AFCON tournament, they have shown that they are no pushovers and will fight until the final minute of every game they’re in.
Morocco vs Malawi Team News
Despite dropping star man Ziyech for the tournament, Morocco has played as well as anyone else at the competition with the other players stepping up and taking more responsibility.
Captain Romain Saïss will be back in the starting lineup after being mostly rested for the last group game against Gabon. Key men Sofiane Boufal and Achraf Hakimi will also have a pivotal role to play in whether Morocco advances to the next round or not.
Malawi is expected to line up in Coach Mario Marinica’s favorite 3-4-2-1 formation with Kakhobwe, Limbikani Mzava, Denis Chembezi and Chimwemwe Idana forming the spine of his team as usual.
Morocco vs Malawi prediction
Despite Malawi’s spunk, we expect Morocco to have just a little too much for them to be able to deal with and predict an easy Morocco win here.
Morocco to win: 1.36
Malawi to win: 11.00
The clash of different styles is one of the best things about football and that is what we expect to see with this upcoming AFCON knockout game. Head over to BetKing and place your bets on this must-watch game now!