The second game of the double header brings together two traditionally more well-known teams. Angola come into this game in a bit of form, having won four in a row without conceding, including a 2-0 victory against holders Zambia last week. Morocco have been more patchy – winning two of their last four. I saw Angola play (well, saw highlights) recently, and was really impressed with their attacking three – which perhaps might flavour my overall impression of the team. If they manage to fire properly – Manucho particularly – we could see some really entertaining football from the Sable Antelopes, and, though Morocco’s defence has been pretty tight recently (they’ve conceded two in five, but those five haven’t been against top drawer opposition – though they did draw 0-0 with Zambia during that spell) their attack – you might recognise Younes Belhanda from his flourish in this season’s edition of Ligue 1 – hasn’t been firing on all cylinders. Their recent goals for record reads 1-0-4-0-3-0-2, so they’re not exactly goalshy, but there’s a lot of nils there, too. At the end of the day, the two teams seem to be of fairly similar abilities, but I think Angola’s more reliable attack might just shade it (they’ve not failed to net in 10). Its difficult to look past Manucho for first scorer, though I was tempted by the young pretender to his crown, Afonso. Given that I think this will be one of the more exciting games, I’ve take the goal line on overs, which is about 8/5.
Manucho’s CAN record
Angola to win 2-1 @ 12/1
Manucho FGS @ 13/2
Scorecast @ 55/1
Over 2.5 @ 8/5