The Africa Cup of Nations continues on Sunday with the final group games for Group A. Group favorites South African and Morocco square off with a win putting the winner through. Cape Verde and Angola play as well with hopes of the knockout stage.
South Africa tops the group with four points after drawing with Cape Verde 0-0 and beating Angola 2-0. Cape Verde and Morocco have two points each with two draws and Angola has a point with a draw against Morocco.
Here's a look at the African Cup of Nations group-play matches for Sunday.
When: Sunday, Jan. 27
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Where: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and Durban Stadium, South Africa
Watch: EuroSport (Live stream only in U.S.)
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Cape Verde vs. Angola: 12 p.m. ET
These two teams have combined to score one goal in the four matches played, but both squads still have a chance to advance. Angola have yet to score this tournament, but could possibly find the net against a shaky Cape Verde defense. They got a point in scoreless draw against Morocco before conceding twice to South Africa.
While they've only found the net once in the tournament, Cape Verde has played well to draw both matches. They have a talented young attacking core led by striker Ryan Mendes. They play strong attacking football, but Angola features a solid defense.
While both teams could go through with wins, this game spells another draw. Angola's defense will keep the Blue Sharks from getting anything on net, but their lack of scoring power will leave them scoreless. Both teams began group play with scoreless draws and will head group play with the same.
Prediction: Cape Verde 0-0 Angola
Morocco vs. South Africa: 12 p.m. ET
After disappointing results for both these squads, the two group favorites meet with a chance to advance to the knockout stage, but also facing unlikely elimination. South Africa is in better position after they responded well to their opening draw with a 2-0 victory over Angola. Morocco has been sluggish and barely got a result against Cape Verde.
Morocco hasn't played to its full potential and will need to do so against a very talented South Africa team. Another factor facing Morocco will be the home crowd backing South Africa, making it a hostile environment.
South Africa has hopes to win the tournament on home soil and will not be denied in the group stage. Their attacking play and overall talent will be too much for the flat Morocco side to match. The home crowd will push South Africa through, but they need to improve heading into tougher matches.
Prediction: Morocco 1-2 South Africa
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