Morocco vs. Nigeria: Preview, prediction, h2h, player to watch as Atlas Lionesses hunt down Super Falcons
The second semifinal of the 2022 Wafcon has thrown up an explosive clash between the impressive hosts and the experienced defending champions
A ticket to Saturday’s final is up for grabs when Nigeria face Morocco later today in the semifinal of the 2022 Women Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon) at the Prince Moulay Abdallah Stadium in Rabat.
Both teams have already qualified for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup after making it to this stage of the competition.
Very few things come close to lifting the ultimate trophy in the most significant female championship on the continent, though. And that would be the sole target of the two sides when they face off on Monday night.
As the most successful team at the Wafcon with a record nine titles, defending champions Nigeria need no introduction.
They suffered a bumpy start in Morocco, losing their opening match to South Africa.
But the coach Randy Waldrum-tutored ladies have not been found wanting since.
The Falcons carved out impressive victories over Botswana, Burundi, and Cameroon to maintain their record of reaching the final four of every edition of the Wafcon.
Only on two occasions in 11 previous attempts have Nigeria failed to proceed to the final after getting to this stage of the competition.
In Morocco, though, the Falcons meet a quality team capable of halting their momentum.
The Atlas Lionesses have been one of the best teams at this championship, claiming wins in the four games played.
The North Africans defeated Burkina Faso (1-0), Uganda (3-1), and Senegal (1-0) to top Group A and qualify for the knockout stages for the first time in history.
They continued their run further into uncharted territory when they beat Botswana 2-1 in the quarterfinals.
Led by Reynald Pedros, the French coach who guided Lyon to the UEFA Women’s Champions League in 2018 and 2019, Morocco play some excellent football.
On paper, Nigeria are the overwhelming favourite, but the Atlas Lionesses will not be easy prey in front of their darling supporters.
Head to head
Morocco should retain no good memories of the two previous clashes against Nigeria at the Wafcon.
In their first-ever meeting at the group stage of the 1998 edition, the Falcons humiliated the Lionesses 8-0 on home soil. That defeat remains the worst in Moroccan football history.
The two teams met again at the following edition in South Africa (Wafcon 2000), with Nigeria handing another 6-0 thrashing.
The Falcons went on to lift the trophy on both occasions.
But cheered on by the 50,000 fans expected at the Moulay Abdellah Complex, Morocco will look to be third time lucky against their West African sisters.
Competition: Africa Women Cup of Nations
Match: Morocco vs. Nigeria
Venue: Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah
Date: Monday, July 18, 2022
Kickoff: 9 pm (Nigerian time)
Player to watch
Even in the enforced absence of Barcelona striker Asisat Oshoala, Nigeria have shown that they have several matchwinners in their team.
Uchenna Kanu provided the crushing brace against Burundi, while Rasheedat Ajibade supplied the sucker punch that knocked out Cameroon last time out.
This game, however, looks like the perfect one for American-born Ifeoma Onumonu to make her mark.
Big, strong, and irrepressible, the 28-year-old striker was on target against Botswana. And she could prove too hot to handle for Morocco.
Given their track record and experience, Nigeria should be winning this by some comfortable margin. But Morocco have shown they will not be pushovers for anybody and this contest could be more closely fought than many expect.
The Super Falcons’ overall quality, though, should see them edge a tough encounter against this hungry Lionesses
Tip: Morocco 1 – 2 Nigeria
This post was last modified on July 18, 2022 4:55 am
Transfer News: Chelsea and Arsenal agree deals for new wingers
Chelsea have agreed a 35 million euros fee with PSV for new winger while Arsenal and Brighton have done the same for Leandro Trossard.
Chelsea are simply not holding back in the transfer market. The club have reached full agreement with PSV Eindhoven for Nonny Madueke for a fee of €35 million.
Madueke is the 3rd offensive signing Chelsea are signing this January having Brought in Joao Felix and Mudryk earlier.
It remains to be seen what direction Chelsea are taking with so many signings but things will be clearer when they have all their players available. As it stands, Madueke is the 11th player currently under Chelsea custody who can play on the wings.
Arsenal on the other hand have completed their first winter signing after reaching agreement with Brighton for the transfer of Leandro Trossard.
Trossard has wanted out of Brighton after falling out with their manager and with his contract expiring in June, Arsenal have got him for a much reduced fee.
Trossard is Arsenal’s alternative to Mudryk who joined Chelsea after the blues offered Shakhtar Donetsk’s asking prizlce for the Ukrainian m
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AC Milan vs Salzburg
Europe – Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2022
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
Both AC Milan and Salzburg are in the running for a spot in the knockouts of the Champions League, and currently they are separated by a single point in the group table. In this final match-day of the group stage, expect a fierce clash between the two.
Milan are the reigning Italian champions, and they of course have that confidence going into this crucial game. Moreover they are at home for this final group stage fixture, where they will be vociferously cheered on by their loyal fans.
It is also to be noted that they are champions of one of the top-five leagues in Europe, who are pitted against an opponent from a league that is nowhere near the Serie A in terms of quality.
Moreover, pressure is not something new for the Italian title-holders. The last season they were chased by arch-rivals Inter Milan almost through the entirety of the second half of the season, and they still managed to lift the trophy at the end.
As such, expect a confident and determined bunch of Milan players at the Stadio Giuseppe this Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Salzburg are ready for the fight. They already recorded a draw in the reverse fixture, and will be willing to give it all at this final hurdle.
They have been on a good run for quite some time – so much so that their only defeat in the past three months came against the two-time European champions Chelsea.
Furthermore, they are on a long streak of great performances on the road. In fact, the last they lost away from home was back in July, and before that in April.
Surely expect a thrilling encounter this Wednesday, as the two lock horns. Anticipate goals from either end of the pitch.
AC Milan vs Salzburg Head-to-head (h2h)
- The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw.
- Other than that AC Milan have a 100% winning record.
- They kept clean sheets in all but one clash so far.
- The combined scorecard for the past three meetings is 5-1, in their favor.
AC Milan vs Salzburg Predictions
Milan are on a winning streak at the moment, and they scored ten goals from the past three fixtures. They are also at home, where they have been on a great run for quite some time now.
On the other hand, Salzburg too are in great form. They even managed to deliver some great performances away from home, and scored in plenty all through this stretch.
Expect a high-scoring thriller in this final group-stage game between the two.
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Juventus vs PSG
Europe – Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2022
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Allianz Stadium.
The Parisians could be counted as the best team in Europe at the moment, after of course Manchester City. But it is no argument that their fearsome front trio is finally clicking, and they will be the favorites to pull off one more win this Wednesday against Juventus.
The Old Lady are just in so much mess. They are not even in the conversation for the title in the Serie A, and their European exploits this season has been simply subpar.
As of now they are placed second to last in the table, level with the dead-last placed Maccabi Haifa. They managed to win just once so far this whole campaign, and no points for guessing against whom the sole win was registered – Maccabi.
And more than that, apart from that win, the former Italian champions have a 100% losing record. After defeating Haifa at home, the Italians lost the very next fixture against the same opponent.
Also, disregarding the bottom-most placed team, the Italians scored the least number of goals as well as conceded the most in the group.
Meanwhile, the Parisians just got no chill. They scored the most in the group, and conceded the least. Just the last match-day, they slotted seven goals past their opponent, with all three of their front trio getting on the scoresheet.
Moreover, the reverse fixture also ended in a win for the French champions.
Surely expect the in-form PSG to deliver another win this Wednesday against the struggling Juventus.
Juventus vs PSG Head-to-head (h2h)
- The latest encounter ended in a 2-1 win for PSG.
- The last four clashes had goals from both teams.
- Previous four meetings had three or more goals.
- Not once have the hosts kept a clean sheet at this ground.
Juventus vs PSG Prediction & Analysis
Juventus lost their latest CL game by conceding four goals, and all through this season they have been struggling with their defense. On top of that they are already out of contention for a spot in the Round of 16, and now all that remains for them is a third-place finish.
On the other hand, the Parisians are going after the top-most spot. They are in great form, and they also defeated this rival in the reverse match-up.
It is also to be noted that the last Christophe Galtier’s men lost was back in March, against arch-rivals Monaco.
By the looks of things, surely expect a win for PSG this Wednesday. And considering that both teams will be going for a win, chances are high for goals to come in plenty
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