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Morocco vs Croatia Match Preview

22 Nov 2022 07:04    

The match

Morocco’s second straight appearance at a FIFA World Cup will see them play in Group F, where they are set to open their campaign against the 2018 finalists Croatia. In a tough group that also has Belgium and Canada, Morocco will start their matches knowing too well that they are the underdogs. They however head into this game with a good run, having gone unbeaten in their last five matches. In each of their last four matches, Morocco have kept clean sheets. They aren’t really easy to crack; they are coming into this game having beaten Georgia in their last friendly game before coming into this competition. In the two friendly matches that came before that, they beat Chile 2-0 and drew 0-0 with Paraguay. Morocco may be known for their stubborn backline but they also have something more to offer – their attack has been doing well in recent games, scoring more than a goal in four of their last five matches. Morocco have Hakim Ziyech back after being exiled by the former manager and he scored in the last game as they beat Georgia 3-0.

Croatia’s last World Cup game was in 2018 – the very last game of the competition, where they lost to France in the final. Here they will be attempting to go one step better and indeed they go into this game as a favorite in this group. Croatia are coming from a run of six unbeaten games; they have won each one of the last five matches, and they have three clean sheets in the five wins. Croatia have however not been scoring a lot of goals; they’ve managed more than a goal in just two of their last seven matches. In their last 10 matches, Morocco have lost just once, a shock 3-0 loss to Austria, which is also the only time they’ve failed to score in that run. The 2018 World Cup finalists do not have a lot of injury worries to take to this game. Marcelo Brozovic has struggled a bit with injury but his performance in Inter Milan’s final game before the World Cup break would suggest he is ready for this competition. Meanwhile, skipper Domagoj Vida is set for his 100th cap for Croatia after shaking off an injury.

Key Statistics

Morocco haven’t conceded a goal in their last four matches.

Croatia are unbeaten in their last six matches.

Morocco are unbeaten in their last five matches.

Morocco have scored two or more in four of their last five matches.

Croatia have failed to score once in their last 10 matches.

Croatia have scored more than a goal in two of their last seven games.

The bet of our experts

These two nations carry impressive runs to this game; Morocco unbeaten in five and Croatia in six. A top quality they both possess is defensive solidity and that will be visible here. Morocco will need it against the creativity of Luka Modric in the Croatia midfield while Croatia will have to do well to cover their flanks against the threats of Achraf Hakimi and Noussair Mazraoui. Going by the teams’ recent runs, this promises to be a balanced affair and a draw looks likely.

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