AFCON 2021: Morocco vs Malawi prediction and betting tips (January 25)
Morocco have the right momentum ahead of their Round of 16 clash against Malawi. They were unbeaten in the group stage with two wins and a draw. The one-time AFCON champions are optimistic of a win.
Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) scored 2 goals at the AFCON 2021 group stage
Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) scored 2 goals at the AFCON 2021 group stage

Morocco play Malawi in Round of 16 of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. GMT on Tuesday, 25 January 2022. The match venue is Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaounde.

Betting tips and match predictions for the Morocco vs Malawi (January 25) game are available in this article. Let’s check out the latest betting odds, key stats, team news and projected starting lineups.

Morocco vs Malawi (January 25) latest betting odds

Morocco to win odds are priced at 1.34 (-290 American; 10/29 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 4.55 (+355; 71/20), while Malawi to win odds are priced at 11.00 (+1000; 10/1).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Morocco — 70%, draw — 20%, Malawi — 9%.

Latest betting odds on Morocco vs Malawi (25 January 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 2.44 (-144; 36/25)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 1.61 (-165; 20/33)
  • Asian handicap (-1.25) on Morocco — 1.91 (-110; -110)
  • Asian handicap (+1.25) on Malawi — 1.96 (-104; 25/26)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 3.30 (+230; 23/10)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 1.31 (-320; 5/16)

Morocco vs Malawi (January 25) match preview and statistics

Morocco were first in their Group C table with seven points and a +3 goal difference from two wins and a draw. They scored five goals and conceded two in the group stage. The Atlas Lions drew 2-2 against Gabon in their last match.

They were trailing by one goal from the first half where Jim Allevinah gave Gabon the lead in the 21st minute with a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner, assisted by Jean-Noel Amonome, before Sofiane Boufal levelled the scores from the penalty spot with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Naif Aguerd scored an own goal in the 80th minute and set them back once again making the scores 1-2. Achraf Hakimi stepped up in the 83rd minute and equalized from a free-kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner. Top stats: 62% possession, nine total shots, five chances created, two big chances, three shots on target, 368 accurate passes, 82% pass success, 14 fouls conceded, five corners, two offsides, one yellow card.

As expected, Achraf Hakimi had one of the best performances in the match. He scored a goal, had the most tackles (4), won the most duels (12), completed 3/3 dribbles, was fouled four times, made three interceptions, one clearance and eight ball recoveries.

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

Malawi finished third in the Group B table with four points and zero goal difference from one win, one draw and one loss. They were on par with Guinea in points and goal difference but head-to-head saw Guinea take second place. Regardless the Flames qualified to the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams.

In the last match, Malawi played a goalless draw with Senegal. Top stats: 22% possession, 10 total shots, three chances created, zero big chances, zero shots on target, 59 accurate passes, 46% pass accuracy, 18 fouls conceded, four corners, two offsides, two yellow cards.

Lawrence Chaziya made eight clearances, five-headed clearances, two interceptions and three ball recoveries. John Banda won four duels, two clearances, three interceptions and 11 recoveries.

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

Morocco vs Malawi H2H

Morocco and Malawi have gone head-to-head four times before. The Atlas Lions have the upper hand with two wins and two draws. They played a goalless draw in the last meeting.

Morocco vs Malawi (January 25) key players and lineups

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

Sofiane Boufal is the key player to watch out for. He scored two goals at the group stage, the winner in their Round 1 match against Ghana, and scored again in their last match against Gabon. Achraf Hakimi is another player to watch out for. He scored the equalizer in their last match against Gabon. Look out for another brilliant performance from Hakimi in this match.

Malawi projected starting lineup:

  • Charles Thom
  • Denis Chembezi
  • Stanley Sanudi
  • Gomezgani Chirwa
  • Francisco Madinga
  • John Christopher Banda
  • Chimwenwe Idana
  • Micium Mhone
  • Zebron Kalima
  • Gabadinho Mhango
  • Khuda Muyaba

Gabadinho Mhango is the key player to watch out for. Mhango has scored all the goals (2) Malawi has scored in the tournament. He has to wear his scoring boots ahead of this match. Khuda Muyaba looks forward to scoring his first goal of the tournament in this match. He has zero goal involvement so far in the competition.

Morocco vs Malawi (January 25) betting tips and prediction

Morocco are in good form ahead of this match with two wins and a draw in their group stage matches. They scored five goals and conceded two goals. The Atlas Lions are poised to win this match, they have the right momentum, in their last game, they came from behind twice to get a draw. Malawi, on the other hand, have one win in their last five games, with three losses and a draw. The Flames scored two goals and conceded two goals in the group stage. They drew 0-0 in their last match.

Morocco haven’t lost to Malawi before in history, with two wins and two draws in their four meetings. Predictions are Morocco to win, and over 2.5 goals. Morocco have scored two goals in two straight games, and there’s a high chance they’ll repeat the same or score more in this match. In the Round 1 and Round 2 games, they didn’t concede a single goal when they used their strong team and Bounou was in goal.

Betting prediction: Asian handicap (-1.25) on Morocco

Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; -110 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Odds: 2.44 (-144 American; 36/25 Fractional)

Football AFCON 2021 . Round of 16
Morocco — Malawi
Asian handicap (-1.25) on Morocco
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