Egypt v Morocco AFCON 2022 quarterfinals, is a match that will be watched by millions of soccer fans around the world. After what looked like a faulty start to the AFCON campaign, Egypt is suddenly a top contender for the tournament’s trophy alongside Morocco. Read our match preview for details, which also include our best AFCON 2022 picks for this game.
Our Free Picks for Egypt vs Morocco AFCON 2022 Quarterfinals
Egypt has shaken off a poor start in the AFCON 2022 campaign to bag three consecutive clean sheets in regular time coming to this fixture. A 1-0 defeat against Nigeria at the start of the tournament means the Pharaohs are now unbeaten in three matches while Morocco boasts four-match unbeaten streak in the AFCON so far. But will the Atlas Lions stand the Pharaohs? Here are the best two picks and analysis for this game.
No goal-goal @ 1/2 (1.50)
This will be one of the most difficult games so far in the AFCON 2022. Both teams have shown remarkable improvement since the tournament kicked off and there is no doubt Egypt boasts the best defence in the event. Moreover, as the record AFCON title holders (7 titles), Egypt will fight to reign supreme in this match. But it won’t be easy against a team like Morocco that ranks better than the Pharaohs according to the latest FIFA list. Egypt is position 45 while Morocco is 28 on FIFA rankings, so the Pharaohs should fight to disapprove that in this game.
Egypt to score first @ 13/20 (2.60)
Morocco is not the average team, so beating the Atlas Lions requires some tactical prowess. However, a shaky defence has cost the Atlas Lions three goals in four games so far. With that, we cannot rule them out just yet. However, Egypt’s defence is a great wall and it is why we think the Pharaohs have a point to prove by finding the net first in this game.
Egypt vs Morocco AFCON 2022 Quarterfinals: Odds and Stats
Preview: The Pharaohs to face off with the Atlas Lions in AFCON 2022 Quarterfinals
In the last game, Egypt cruised to a 5-4 victory over Ivory Coast in penalty shootout. At the beginning of that fixture, it felt like the Pharaohs rose up from their tombs just to torment the stubborn Ivoirians. Ivory Coast was among the toughest teams in the tournament and it wouldn’t have come as a surprise if they made it to the quarters. However, Egypt’s solid defence proved vital yet again and the AFCON record winners match on to the next round.
However, this fixture could be Egypt’s most difficult match so far. Morocco is not like Ivory Coast as they play a different kind of attacking football. The only challenge for Morocco heading into this match is that the Atlas Lions have leaked more goals (3) than the Pharaohs who have leaked only 1 goal in the ongoing AFCON 2022 tournament. That leaves Moroccans with a big assignment heading into this match. In three previous meetings, Morocco defeated Egypt once, albeit, without a clean sheet.
The first encounter between these teams ended in favour of Egypt winning with a 1-0 margin. One draw and a win for each side means we are up for some entertaining football in the AFCON 2022 when these teams lock horns for the fourth time. The only previous encounter between coaches of both teams ended in a draw, signaling another duel that could go down to the wire on matchday. Egypt’s goalkeeper, El-Shenawy picked an injury in the last game but Gabaski should be a replacement in this match. Midfielder, Hamdi Fathi also got injured in the knockout game against Ivory Coast.
Here is how Egypt and Morocco will likely lineup against each other in this quarterfinals match.
Egypt predicted lineup: Gabaski, Kamal, Hegazy, Abdelmoneim, Fatouh, Elneny, Zizo, Trezequet, Al-Sulaya, Mohamed and Salah.
Morocco predicted lineup: Bono, Hakimi, Saiss, Aguerd, Masina, Louza, Amallah, Amrabat, Boufal, Kaabi and Nesyri.
FAQs about Egyt vs Morocco AFCON 2022 Quarterfinals
Who is Egypt’s head coach?
Carlos Queiroz is the head coach for Egypt. He averages 2.07 in 14 games and prefers 4-3-3 formation.
Who is the head coach for Morocco?
Vahid Halilhodzic is the head coach for the Atlas Lions. He prefers 4-3-3 formation and averages 2.38 points in 24 games.
When is Egypt vs Morocco match taking place?
The AFCON quarterfinals fixture is scheduled for Sunday, Jan 30, 2022 and will kick off at 18:00 GMT +3