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Croatia vs Morocco preview & prediction

Match preview 

In the third-place playoff on Saturday at the Khalifa International Stadium, a World Cup 2022 bronze medal is on the line between Croatia and Morocco, and neither team should turn their back on a podium finish on the biggest platform.

Argentina defeated Zlatko Dalic’s team 3-0 in their semifinal match, while the Atlas Lions battled bravely against France but were defeated by two goals to zero.

Only a select few attackers have defeated RB Leipzig’s youth Josko Gvardiol in a face-off, but even one of the most in-demand defenders in Europe couldn’t stand a chance against a 35-year-old Lionel Messi.

Argentina’s victory in the semifinals prevented Croatia from competing in two World Cup finals in a row, not to mention against 2018 rivals France.

Without winning a knockout game in regular time, Dalic’s team miraculously advanced to the 2018 final and the 2022 semifinals. They are also no strangers to bronze medal contests, having defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in the 1998 third-place playoff during their first World Cup campaign.

Morocco, the first African nation to play in a World Cup semifinal, could have made history by becoming the first team from the continent to advance all the way to the championship game, but for a lack of killer instinct in the final third.

In the Wednesday semi-final, Walid Regragui’s team certainly gave France some trouble, but Theo Hernandez’s acrobatic effort and Randal Kolo Muani’s tap-in 44 seconds after entering the field put an end to the Atlas Lions’ hopes of dominating Qatar.

Croatia vs Morocco Head to Head

Croatia Croatia1 – 0Morocco Morocco

Croatia vs Morocco Form Guide

Croatia’s last 5 games – WDDDL

Argentina3 – 0Croatia Croatia
Croatia Croatia1 – 1BrazilBrazil
JapanJapan1 – 1Croatia Croatia
Croatia Croatia0 – 0Belgium
Croatia Canada4 – 1Croatia Canada

Morocco’s last 5 games – WWDWL

France France2 – 0Morocco Morocco
Morocco Morocco 1 – 0Portugal Portugal
Morocco Morocco0 – 0SpainSpain
CanadaCanada 1 – 2Morocco Morocco
Belgium 0 – 2Morocco Morocco

Key stats

  • In two head-to-head encounters between the two sides, Croatia have won one game and drawn one.
  • Tottenham Hotspur star Ivan Perisic has registered three goal contributions in the tournament so far for Croatia.
  • Hoffenheim attacker Andrej Kramaric has scored two goals for Croatia in the competition so far.
  • Chelsea forward Ziyech has managed two goal contributions for Morocco in the competition.
  • Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri has scored two goals in the World Cup for Morocco.

Croatia vs Morocco prediction

A trident of injured defenders would not inspire confidence in any team, but Morocco’s backline replacements have given impressive performances and are now taking on a Croatian lineup that is not known for its attacking prowess. Hence we go with the following pickings in this fixture:

  • CROATIA @ 2.40
  • UNDER 2.5 @ 1.98
  • BTTS-NO @ 2.20

*DISCLAIMER: Odds are subject to change

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