Morocco forward Hakim Ziyech

South Africa vs Morocco: Stalemate to suit both sides

Kick-off: 1700, 01/07/2019

Stadium: Al Salam Stadium

TV: Eurosport

South Africa and Morocco would both probably be content with a draw when they meet in the final round of Africa Cup of Nations Group D fixtures.

That result would guarantee top spot for the Atlas Lions and almost certainly see Bafana Bafana also advance into the knockout rounds.

With that in mind, 2/1 for a stalemate makes sense for our initial South Africa vs Morocco prediction.

A Look At South Africa’s Betting Odds

South Africa kicked off their campaign by losing 1-0 to Ivory Coast but then edged out Namibia by the same scoreline.

Bongani Zungu headed in Percy Tau’s corner in the 68th minute and Stuart Baxter’s side held firm in defence against battling opponents.

Bafana Bafana lack star quality, but they are a hard-working unit that will always be tough to break down.

Looking at the South Africa vs Morocco odds, there is plenty of appeal in 3/1 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.

A Look At Morocco’s Betting Odds

Morocco needed help from an 89th-minute own goal to scrape past Namibia 1-0 but were more impressive when beating Ivory Coast by the same scoreline.

Youssef En-Nesyri brilliantly evaded a series of challenges and scored with a low finish in the 23rd minute against Les Elephants.

En-Nesyri almost bagged a brace with a header and Noussair Mazraoui’s late volley crashed against the crossbar from close range.

At the other end, Wolves defender Romain Saiss made a superb goal-line clearance to deny Jonathan Kodjia in the opening minute.

Girona keeper Yassine Bounou also had to deny Max Gradel and Nicolas Pepe in a decent contest.

Morocco have more talent, with the likes of Ajax star Hakim Ziyech and former Juventus defender Medhi Benatia in their ranks.

Wily old coach Herve Renard may now want to ease his players through a third game in nine days, though, and leave something in the tank for the knockout stages.

This could be a cagey contest, so 13/10 for no goals to be scored in the first half is added to our South Africa vs Morocco betting tips.

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Last result:

SOUTH AFRICA 1-0 Namibia – Zungu

MOROCCO 1-0 Ivory Coast – En-Nesyri

Head-to-head: Morocco 1-1 South Africa, Morocco 2-2 South Africa

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