30/01 Daily Predictions: Back Morocco and Mali wins

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South Africa and Morocco will play in the Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 final matches on Tuesday night at the Stade de San Pedro.

Meanwhile, Mali will play Burkina Faso in a round-of-16 match at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on Tuesday in an attempt to improve on their results from the last two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. TopbetsNG picks the top five betting fixtures you can place your money on plus for our readers.

South Africa vs Morocco

The overwhelming favorite to win this event is Morocco. For the tenth time, the 1976 winners of the African Championship have advanced to the knockout stage. With seven points, they were crowned Group F winners. Walid Regragoui’s team defeated Tanzania 3-0 to start the competition with a commanding lead. On the second matchday, they would be held to a 1-1 tie by DR Congo, who placed second in Group F. However, they returned to winning ways in their last group game, defeating Zambia 1-0 with a somewhat altered squad. The Atlas Lions have won six of their last eight games and have not lost any of them.

The last time these two fought, South Africa prevailed. This occurred during their last tournament qualifying match from the previous year. Their home win was 2-1. This was the conclusion of a five-game losing streak against the North Africans. However, a split of the spoils resulted from three of those games. At the Cup of Nations, Bafana Bafana has defeated Morocco twice. On their route to finishing as runners-up in 1998, they managed one of those triumphs in the quarterfinals. Group E saw the 1996 African champions, who returned to the continental arena after missing the 2021 competition, place second. With four points, they defeated Namibia on goal differential.

Verdict

Morocco, who finished with seven points in the group stage, is looking to build on their journey to the World Cup final four. They have defeated South Africa in the 2019 edition of this event, and they have won six of their previous eight games. They can cause additional heartache for the country. Morocco has strong defense capabilities. During the tournament, they gave up just one goal in three games. However, in four of the preceding five games, South Africa’s goal total was under 2.5. Another betting strategy for this match seems to be under 2.5 goals.

Tip: Morocco to Win / Under 2.5 Goals

Morocco to Win – ❌

Under 2.5 Goals – ✅

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Mali vs Burkina Faso

Mali has advanced to the next stage of the tournament for the third time in a row. For the first time since the tournament’s expansion, Eric Chelle’s team will now try to get past the round of 16. The West Africans have been eliminated in this exact round in the last two tournaments. As one of the six group winners, Mali moved on in the competition. They played three games, winning one and drawing the other, to take first place in Group E with five points. The Eagles, who have won their last ten games, defeated South Africa 2-0 to start the competition. They would subsequently finish the group with a 0-0 deadlock against Namibia and a 1-1 draw with Tunisia.

Compared to Mali, Burkina Faso has more recent AFCON success, and they will want to continue this trend. They have advanced to at least the quarterfinals in three of their last four continental tournament appearances. The runners-up from 2013 returned to the competition in 2021, finishing fourth after missing the 2019 competition. However, they have been unsteady this year and emerged from Group D with four points, in second place.

Verdict

Mali’s performance in this tournament has been largely attributed to their strong defense. The Malians have only let up one goal in their first three games, and they have only let up two goals in their four AFCON qualification games.

Although they haven’t played a clean sheet in their past two games, Burkina Faso hasn’t played particularly poorly on defense in recent competitive games. In four of their last six competitive games, Hubert Velud’s team conceded fewer than 1.5 goals, while the same number of games concluded with fewer than 2.5 goals.

Tip: Mali to Win / Under 2.5 Goals

Mali to Win – ✅

Under 2.5 Goals – ❌

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