Morocco vs Togo 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Today, 20:00 pm (GMT+1) Stade Oyem, Oyem (GAB)
Ivory Coast are the favourites to win the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and feature in this group, along with Morocco, Togo and DR Congo. Therefore, its matches such as the meeting between Morocco and Togo which are vital for both nations, in terms of their progress in the competition.
Morocco won their qualifying group comfortably, winning five and drawing one of their six matches. They were very impressive but did not face a strong challenge in their group and must be prepared for the more difficult challenges which lie ahead in Group C. This is a crucial match for Morocco because they play Ivory Coast in their final match and do not want to be going into it needing to win.
Togo are one of only two teams to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup on Nations having finished in second place in their qualifying group. They were 2 points behind eventual group winners, Tunisia and a point ahead of third placed Liberia. Togo proved difficult to beat in qualifying and will be hoping to remain that way during the tournament itself.
Togo are one of the outsiders to win the Africa Cup of Nations and are going to find it tough to replicate their best record of 2013, when they reached the quarter-finals. Their most famous player is undoubtedly Emmanuel Adebayor, who returned to the international scene having retired following the awful attack on their team bus. The fact Adebayor is currently a free agent tells you all you need to know and Togo are the outsiders to win this match at 4.75 with Bet365.
Morocco, who won this tournament in 1976, breezed through qualifying and should come into the Africa Cup of Nations with plenty of confidence. Their key player is Mehdi Benatia, who is on loan from Bayern Munich to Juventus and the defender will be crucial if Morocco are to go far in this tournament. They are the favourites to win this match at 1.83 with Bet365 and the draw can be backed at 3.25.
As mentioned above, Mehdi Benatia is a vitally important player for Morocco and they conceded just a single goal during their six qualifying games. This suggests a team who are going to be difficult to break down and they could easily win this game without conceding a goal. Morocco to win to nil might be a good pick here.
Youssef El-Arabi was the man who scored the most goals for Morocco during qualifying and he can be backed to open the scoring in this game.