Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny when Ivory Coast and Morocco face each other in the decider. The Elephants face a must-win game against Morocco and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Saturday’s football match against Herve Renard’s charges. Morocco did well to beat Gabon (3-0) in their last group game and it has to be noted that they have yet to concede a goal in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. A low-scoring affair appears on the cards and seeing that the visitors have been in a much better form of late than the hosts, we predict that the two sides are going to share the spoils in Abidjan. Sporting Lisbon attacker Seydou Doumbia is likely to lead the attack for the hosts against Morocco, whilst Khalid Boutaib, who scored a hat-trick against Gabon, will be the man to watch in the away team.
Highligted Player (Eric Bailly):
Eric Bailly started his youth career at Espanyol and he made five league appearances for the first team as well. In 2015 he joined fellow La Liga side Villarreal and after playing 35 league games for the Camp El Madrigal outfit, the Ivory Coast defenders signed a four-year contract with Manchester United. Eric Bailly is well known for his speed and he is very strong physically. He plays as a centre back, but he is capable of playing as a full back if needed as well. Bailly made his Ivory Coast debut on 11 January, 2015 in a friendly game against Nigeria. The 187-cm-tall defender represented the Elephants at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and, no doubt, he helped the team win the prestigious trophy at the tournament in Equatorial Guinea. Eric Bailly participated in the 2016 Community Shield final and it has to be noted that Manchester United defeated Leicester City 2-1 in the Wembley Stadium clash.
Highlighted Team (Morocco):
Morocco, the Atlas Lions, are the first African team to win a group at the World Cup finals. Back in 1986 the team managed to finish the group stages above Portugal, Poland and England, but West Germany proved to be a big catch for the Moroccan national team in the last 16 of the tournament. The Atlas Lions participated at the World Cup finals on four occasions, but winning of the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations is considered the team’s biggest success. Morocco were producing outstanding displays at the tournament in Ethiopia and it has to be noted that they defeated Guinea in the title game. Morocco play their home games at Stade Adrar and Stade de Marrakech and they wear red shirts and green shorts when playing in front of home fans. A number of top-class footballers played for Morocco in the past, but Mustapha Hadji is certainly the biggest star who played for the Moroccan national team.