On November 23, Croatia, the 2018 World Cup runners-up, will play Morocco in their first match. They have won five consecutive games, so they are in an excellent position coming into the contest. Conversely, Morocco hasn’t lost in its last five matches and seems a strong team. Morocco, which has competed in five past tournaments but has only once progressed past the group phase, is ranked 12th, ten places behind Croatia.
Date, Time & Venue
|Date||November 23, 2022|
|Venue||Al Bayt Stadium|
Morocco vs. Croatia Preview
Croatia’s World Cup Group F opener against the Moroccan Tigers will be an excellent gauge of how they might perform in the competition. Croatia lost the opening game in three of their five Cup Final attempts, and each time they did, they were knocked from the competition.
Conversely, Croatia got to the semifinals every time they won their first game. They scored 20 goals and allowed only one in the second phase of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) division, winning every game they played.
South Africa, Chile, and Georgia are just a few of the nations that Morocco has defeated in sports. In addition, the 22nd-ranked squad in the FIFA World Rankings tied 0-0 with Paraguay in September. Nevertheless, the team’s coach, Walid Regragui, will be pleased with his team’s progress. Some tweaks are likely, with Sofyan Amrabat predicted to go back to the midfield.
Midfielder Luka Modric will look to write a new story in Croatia’s World Cup history when they play Morocco in the 2022 World Cup opener. Modric received the Golden Ball award as the competition’s top player in Russia. In addition, Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who recently battled a knee ailment, is now available, so Croatia has no fresh injury worries.
Only one matchup, in 1996, pitted Morocco and Croatia against one another. The game was level 2-2 at the half, and a penalty shootout decided the semifinal match-winner in the first Hassan II Trophy competition.
Following their victory over the Czech Republic in the championship game, the Croatians defeated their hosts 7-6 in the shootout to claim the inaugural tournament victory.
Players to Watch
Youssef En-Nesyri will be primarily in charge of scoring goals for Morocco, even though Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi will probably garner most of the focus. While Marcelo Brozovi has established himself as one of Europe’s premier deep-lying playmakers over the past four years, veteran player Luka Modric is poised to play a significant part for Croatia.
Morocco vs. Croatia Prediction
Croatia has many classes around the field, while Morocco is prepared to play at the top of its game. More and the guys should triumph 3-0 with ease.
Morocco vs. Croatia Lineups
4-3-3,:Bono (GK): Hakimi, Saiss, Aguerd, Mazraoui: Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah: Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal.
4-3-3: Livakovic: Stanisic, 17. Lovren, Gvardiol, Barisic: Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic: Vlasic, Petkovic, Perisic.