Morocco Stats & Form
After missing four straight World Cups, Morocco has found the recipe and is back after qualifying for the 2018 competition as well.
Morocco has a reason for optimism as they were perfect in the African qualifications. First, they finished on top of Group I with 6 wins in 6 games and an amazing goal differential of 20-1. In the second stage, they defeated DR Congo with an aggregate score of 5-2.
Morocco has a dangerous offensive line with Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea and Youssef En-Nesyri from Sevilla.
Morocco has only one loss in the last 10 games and has won 3 of the last 4 games.
Morocco will make its sixth appearance in the World Cup. Their best result came in 1986 which was the only occasion when they made it past the group stage finishing the tournament in 11th place. In 2018, in Russia, Morocco finished in 27th place winning only a point in the group stage.
Croatia Stats & Form
Croatia made a name for themselves as one of the best football nations in the world as they made it to the final in the last World Cup. Despite the fact that the country has less than 4 million population and beyond average football league, Croatia is a serious contender to win in Qatar.
Luka Modric will be the leader of this team as well. The former Ballon d’Or winner will probably have his last shot at another football miracle with his national team.
Croatia qualified for the World Cup as the winner of Group H of the European qualification. They had 7 wins, 2 draws and one loss finishing with 23 points, only one more than Russia.
Croatia has 6 wins in their last 10 games including the victories over France and Denmark in their last two games in the Nations League.
Croatia has been a participant in 5 of the last 6 World Cups, failing to qualify only in 2010. First, they shocked the world with the third place in 1998, losing in the semifinals to France by 2-1 after leading at halftime. In 2018, in Russia, they won three games in the penalty shootout and made it to the final game where they lost to France by 4-2.
Morocco vs. Croatia Head-to-Head Stats
This will be the first game between Morocco and Croatia.
Morocco vs. Croatia Betting Odds
Croatia is a favorite in the game against Morocco with -117 odds in their favor while Morocco is at 372. The odds for a draw are set at 230.
The total goals margin is set at 2.5 with 125 for over and -156 for under.
Croatia shocked the world with their way to the finals on the last World Cup and now everybody looks at them very differently. Luka Modric is still the leader of the team and even though they are not as strong as they were in Russia, Croatia is still a team that can go against anybody. They will start the tournament against Morocco who has improved a lot. The African team plays like there is no tomorrow but that attitude will not bring them anything against the World Cup runner-ups. Croatia has experienced players from the top teams in Europe and will open the tournament with a win.