Raja-Wydad a decisive derby for the title

The Casablanca derby between Raja and Wydad, which will take place on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. as part of the 25th day of the Botola Pro D1 “Inwi” football match, will be decisive for this season’s title.

After 24 days, the fight for the title is limited to the two Casablancan clubs, the closest team in the standings to this leading duo, namely AS FAR (3rd / 37 pts), pointing to 12 points from second place.

Between Wydad leader with 53 points and Raja, dolphin with four units (49 pts), it will therefore be the match of the season. The Reds, if they win this duel, will further widen the gap five days from the end, but, even more, will have a significant psychological ascendancy to carry out their finish.

The Greens will be keen to reduce the gap in anticipation of a comeback that would allow them to save a complicated season to say the least.

Indeed, Raja had to deal with several administrative and technical changes, with the election of a new executive committee at the end of last October, which had to throw in the towel before the end of the season. Moreover, the next elective assembly of Raja will take place on the day of the derby.

The waltz of the coaches did not help matters for the green club, with an ephemeral and disappointing passage of Marc Wilmots, who succeeded the Tunisian Lassad Chabi Jarda, who nevertheless managed to obtain results, even if the way was not not by appointment. Rachid Taoussi, called to the rescue, can’t yet find the rhythm with Raja.

This instability has had a clear impact on the group, which has been thrown off balance by a poorly managed transition: The young elements recruited cannot, in fact, fill the void left by the pillars of the team who have chosen to fly under other skies like Soufiane Rahimi and Ben Malango.

On the other hand, Wydad has high morale. On the strength of their stability, especially technical, with a Walid Regragui who has managed to build a solid group and install an effective and realistic style of play, the Reds are ready to win everything this season. Indeed, brilliant winner of the Champions League, the WAC is successfully completing its campaign in the league, remains in the race for the Throne Cup and will play the super cup against the Renaissance of Berkane.

The mental ascendancy of the wydadi is enhanced by the call-up to the national team of central defender Achraf Dari, defensive midfielder Yahya Jabrane and left-back Yahya Attiat Allah, who have done well in the last matches of the Atlas Lions . This will also affect the competitiveness of Wydadis who will start the derby with more matches in the legs, compared to their rival who had to manage a long truce.

But beyond these parameters, the Casablanca derby escapes any objective prognosis, because its fate obeys more to mental factors, such as grinta, concentration until the end and the intelligent exploitation of half-chances which are presented.

Given the stakes that animate the protagonists and the general context, this derby promises a great show. Only disappointing note: This 132nd derby will be without charm in the stands, because played behind closed doors.


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