Morocco vs Burkina Faso
International – Friendlies
Date: Friday, 6 September 2019
Kick-off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Stade de Marrakech (Morocco).
Morocco were given a heartbreak in their Africa Cup of Nations campaign, earlier in the summer, after Benin showed them the exit door, following a penalty shoot which saw their counterparts win the battle of nerves.
The hosts were unbeaten in the group stages and had made their way into the round of sixteen on the back on an impressive three-match winning streak. However, Benin held on with all their might and consequently earned the ticket to the quarterfinals.
Burkino Faso, on the other hand, failed to make it past the qualifiers of the same and were deprived of a berth in Egypt after coming in third behind Angola and Mauritania in their respective campaign. The visitors featured in a far from the exciting stalemate against DR Congo on the road soon after and will be making the trip to Morocco on the back of that matchup.
The home team have not been able to register a win in their last three friendlies and will be hoping to turn things around when they lock horns with Burkina Faso on Friday. Nevertheless, taking into account the run of form that Morocco were on in Egypt and the home advantage that they now have in hand, expect Burkina Faso to be in for a very tough ninety minutes this week.
Morocco vs Burkina Faso Head to head (h2h)
- The teams have previously taken each other on seven times, with Morocco securing the bragging rights on five occasions.
- Their last encounter at this venue saw Burkina Faso succumb to a 2-0 defeat.
- A 2-1 win in a similar friendly is Burkina Faso’s only win over this foe.
- Both the teams have got their names on the scoresheet just thrice in their last seven meetings.
Morocco vs Burkina Faso Prediction
Vahid Halilhodzic’s men have two friendlies lined up for them before the African Nations Championship commences, and will be settling for nothing less than the win to get things going for them. Additionally, the squad will need all the practice that they can get as they will be facing the 2019 Cup of Nations victors Algeria in their first match.
Their counterparts are by no means on par with the hosts in terms of experience or competitiveness. The away side have tasted success just once in their last five games, and have managed to find the back of the net no more twice from those clashes as well.
Furthermore, Burkino Faso’s last victory against the hosts came back in the year of 2013, and have since, gone on to admit defeat twice. Considering that the Moroccans have been coming out on top with ease in their last two meetings with this opponent, expect the same to happen in the clash on Friday as well.
With the visitors failing to get their names on the scoresheet in their last two visits to the home team’s turf, it will also be safe to bet on Morocco to break the deadlock in this one.
Morocco vs Burkina Faso Betting tips
Full-time result: Morocco
Morocco to open the scoring