AFCON 2021: Egypt vs Morocco prediction and betting tips (January 30)
Egypt duel Morocco for a spot in the semi-final of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. It is going to be an intense battle between both sides. Who will advance from the quarter-final between both teams?
Achraf Hakimi (right) has scored two incredible goals for Morocco at the AFCON 2021
Achraf Hakimi (right) has scored two incredible goals for Morocco at the AFCON 2021
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Egypt and Morocco showdown in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The match is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. GMT on Sunday, 30 January 2022. The match venue is Paul Biya Stadium, Olembe.

Latest betting odds

Egypt to win odds are priced at 3.25 (+225 American; 9/4 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 2.90 (+190; 19/10), while Morocco to win odds are priced at 2.55 (+155; 31/20).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Egypt — 29%, draw — 33%, Morocco — 38%.

Latest betting odds on Egypt vs Morocco (30 January 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 3.15 (+215; 43/20)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.59 (-170; 10/17)
  • Asian handicap (+0.25) on Egypt — 1.77 (-130; 10/13)
  • Asian handicap (-0.25) on Morocco — 2.06 (+106; 53/50)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.65 (+165; 33/20)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.45 (-220; 5/11)

Match preview and statistics

Egypt are into the quarter-finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. After struggling in the opening game of the tournament, the Pharaohs have won three consecutive games. They beat Ivory Coast on penalties after a 0-0 draw (AET) in the Round of 16 tie to make it to the next round.

Team statistics: 45% possession, 21 total shots, 18 chances created, one big chance, five shots on target, 337 accurate passes, 76% pass accuracy, 16 fouls conceded, seven corners, one yellow card. Mohamed Salah gave his all for the team in the match, created the most chances (7), was the most fouled player (4), completed two dribbles and scored the last penalty to send them into the quarter-final.

Despite scoring two goals, the Egyptians have managed to make it to the second round of 16. They won 1-0 against Sudan, and won 1-0 over Guinea-Bissau, these were the only games they scored. The Pharaohs won 5-4 on penalties in the last match, scoring all their penalties, while Eric Baily’s penalty was saved by Mohamed Abougabal.

Egypt team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.

Morocco got their quarter-final ticket after beating Malawi 2-1 in the Round of 16. The Atlas Lions are unbeaten in the tournament with three wins and a draw.

Malawi took an early lead in the seventh minute with a right footed shot from more than 35 yards to the top right corner, assisted by John Banda. It was a brilliant strike from Gabadinho. Youssef En-Nesyri equalized on the stroke of halftime with a header from very close range to the high centre of the goal, assisted by Selim Amallah with a cross following a corner.

Achraf Hakimi gave them the lead in the 70th minute from a free-kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner. It was a stunning goal, even the goalie couldn’t do anything about it. That was Hakimi’s second goal of the tournament, both being free-kick goals.

Team statistics: 75% possession, 24 total shots, 19 chances created, three big chances, 10 shots on target, 421 accurate passes, 81% pass accuracy, 11 fouls conceded, 10 corners. Sofiane Boufal completed the most dribbles (6), was the most fouled player (4 times) and won the most duels (13) in the match, while Selim Amallah created the most chances (5) and provided an assist.

Morocco team news: no player is injured or suspended for this match.

Egypt vs Morocco H2H

Both teams have gone head-to-head six times before, Morocco have two wins, Egypt have one win with three draws. Their last meeting was in the AFCON qualifiers in 2017, the Atlas Lions beat the Pharaohs 2-1.

Key players and lineups

Egypt projected starting lineup:

  • Mohamed El-Shennawy
  • Ahmed Hegazi
  • Mohamed Abdelmonem
  • Mahmoud El Wensh
  • Mahmoud Alaa
  • Omar Marmoush
  • Mohamed Elneny
  • Ramadan Sobhi
  • Mohamed Salah
  • Omar Marmoush
  • Mostafa Mohamed

Mohamed Salah is the key player to watch out for. He had a good performance in their last match against Ivory Coast. Salah scored the fifth penalty to send his team into the quarter-final of the tournament.

Morocco projected starting lineup:

  • Yassine Bounou
  • Talal El Karkouri
  • Nayef Aguerd
  • Romain Saiss
  • Achraf Hakimi
  • Imran Louza
  • Sofyan Amrabat
  • Aymen Barkok
  • Sofiane Boufal
  • Youssef En-Nesyri
  • Ayoub El Kaabi

Achraf Hakimi is the key player to watch out for. He has been dropping great performances in games so far. Hakimi has only scored two goals at the tournament, and they were both stunning strikes from the free-kick spot. Selim Amallah is a player to watch out for. So far, he has one goal and one assist in the competition. Amallah assisted the equalizer in their last match and looks forward to getting on the scoresheet in this clash.

Betting tips and prediction

This match is going to be intense for both sides. Egypt have always won when the odds are against them, Ivory Coast were in better form if you check their goal record and stats but they came out with a win. Morocco are in very good form ahead of this clash. They have been playing well and winning games comfortably ahead of this clash. The Atlas Lions beat the Pharaohs 2-1 in their last meeting. Predictions for this match are over 1.5 goals, and both teams to score.

Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Odds: 3.15 (+215 American; 43/20 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Both teams to score (Yes)

Odds: 2.65 (+165 American; 33/20 Fractional)

FootballAFCON 2023. Quarter-finals
Egypt — Morocco
Both teams to score (Yes)
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