Will the Atlas Lions start their World Cup mission with a win?

In Africa, too, the Cup of Nations is already casting its footballing shadow. But before the continental champions are crowned in January, there is one more matchday in the World Cup qualifiers on the agenda and the continent’s current biggest team will take to the field on Tuesday. In our Tanzania vs Morocco betting tip, we look at whether the 2022 World Cup semi-finalists will start the qualifiers with a win

Africa have been allocated nine fixed starting places at the 2026 World Cup. There may also be another ticket via intercontinental play-offs. First of all, however, the mode is clear. The winners of the nine groups of six will compete at the World Cup in North America. The Atlas Lions are of course the clear favorites in Group E, but they still have some tough matches ahead of them.

Eritrea were placed in this group but withdrew from the World Cup qualifiers, leaving only five teams to fight for first place. Zambia and Tanzania won their opening matches. Niger and Congo lost and the Moroccans had no game. Walid Regragui’s team were due to play Eritrea, so will now be involved in the qualifiers for the first time.

The Atlas Lions are currently one of the best teams in Africa, so the prediction between Tanzania and Morocco must be an away win.

Tanzania – Statistics & current form

Tanzania are one of the smaller teams on the African continent. Participation in a World Cup is likely to remain a dream, even if the field has been significantly enlarged and Africa now has more slots. After all, the Taifa Stars will be taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire in January for the third time after 1980 and 2019. That alone is a great success for Tanzania

Taifa Stars in good form

At the moment, Algerian coach Adel Amrouche’s team is going through a good phase. The Taifa Stars have now gone four games unbeaten. They have been able to rely above all on a stable defense, as they have only conceded one goal in these four games. Perhaps this is a hint to keep an eye on the odds for under-goals in the match between Tanzania and Morocco

Tanzania kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign in Morocco of all places. The Taifa Stars played an away match against Niger in Marrakesh. It was a match with very few highlights. Charles M’Mombwa, who is not a regular at Macarthur FC in the Australian A-League, scored the golden goal in the 1-0 away win.

Tanzania is one of the African countries that has to make do almost entirely without stars from the big leagues. The best-known player is captain Ally Samatta, who is currently under contract with PAOK Saloniki. The Taifa Stars captain has played for Aston Villa and Fenerbahce Istanbul, among others. Apart from that, there are no other notable players with a significant market value.

Predicted Tanzania line-up:
Manula – Job, Mwamnyeto, Hamad, Miroshi – Salum, Mnoga, Bajana – Msuva, Samatta, M’Mombwa – Coach: Amrouch

Morocco – Statistics & current form

The Moroccans played an outstanding World Cup just over a year ago, knocking Belgium, Spain and Portugal out of the tournament. That alone shows what Walid Regragui’s team is capable of. The excitement may have died down a little afterwards, but the Atlas Lions have now regained their composure and are preparing for the most successful Africa Cup possible.

Atlas Lions with room for improvement

The matches in the World Cup qualifiers are just the right preparation. However, the North Africans are not in the best shape at the moment Although they have only lost one of their last six international matches in South Africa, the Moroccans have only won two against Burkina Faso and Liberia. With the 2026 World Cup and, above all, the Africa Cup on the horizon, they now need to get back on track.

This should really only be a question of attitude, as Morocco have one of the best teams on the black continent in terms of names. The majority of the players in the current squad have a higher market value than the entire Tanzanian team. So there are no two opinions: If the Atlas Lions bring normal form to the pitch, then the prediction between Tanzania and Morocco is clearly for an away win.

After last week’s match against Eritrea could not take place, it has been just over a month since the Moroccans last took to the pitch. In their last Africa Cup qualifier, they recorded a clear 3-0 win against Liberia. Amine Harit opened the scoring at the break. Ayoub El Kaabi and Amine Adli then added two more goals

Predicted Morocco line-up:
Bono – Attiyat Allah, Aguerd, Saiss, Hakimi – El Azzouzi, Harit, Ounahi, Ziyech, Adli, El Kaabi – Coach: Regragui

Tanzania – Morocco head-to-head / H2H result

There were no matches between Tanzania and Morocco for decades, but then the two teams met four times in the space of two years in qualifying for the Africa Cup and the 2014 World Cup. To date, these are the only four matches between these two teams. The Taifa Stars won the first encounter, followed by three Moroccan victories.

The two teams have never drawn. The last time the two teams met was in June 2013, when the visitors from Tanzania took a 1-0 lead through Amri Kiemba in Marrakesh. However, after Aggrey Morris was sent off, the Atlas Lions turned the game around and won 2-1 after goals from Abderrazak Hamdallah and Youssef El Arabi.

Tanzania – Morocco betting tip

Tanzania is still an underdog in African soccer. Admittedly, the Taifa Stars are on the rise. After all, they have qualified for the Africa Cup, where they will once again face Morocco in their opening game. Their current form, with four games without defeat, is certainly presentable, although none of their opponents have even come close to the level with which the Atlas Lions traveled to Dar es Salaam.

The Moroccans must return to their strengths. They showed what they are capable of at the World Cup in Qatar. They have now emerged from their post-tournament motivation slump and we don’t think the North Africans will have any major problems on Tuesday

In any case, we are pretty sure that Walid Regragui’s team will take home the three points. The differences in quality are huge. For the Moroccans, it’s just a matter of bringing this to the pitch and taking the match against a resilient opponent. There can be no doubt about this in the opening match of the World Cup qualifiers, which is why we are offering the odds on a handicap win (-1.5) for the Atlas Lions in the clash between Tanzania and Morocco

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