Croatia, Morocco, starts World Cup in great form

Croatia, Morocco, starts World Cup in great form

Croatia and Morocco enters the World Cup really prepared, as they have an exceptional form coming into their opening game. From their last five games, both teams are actually defeated across all competitions. Morocco had four wins in those five matches, while Croatia won all their last five matches. This match happens on November 23, 2022, at 6:00 PM (GMT+8). Since they are both coming from a great form before the World Cup, they are hoping they could get the same results in this fixture.

This opening match in the World Cup will only be the second time these two teams meet in an official game. Moreover, their last meeting was almost three decades ago already, which is in Hassan II Trophy, way back in 1996. Talking about the World Cup, during the Russia 2018, Morocco failed to secure a single win. However, they only got two defeats, and playing out one draw in their group stage. As for Croatia, they surprised everyone during their run, after ending up as runners-up last edition. During their run in the finals, they played seven matches, which they are undefeated. They won four games, but suffered a 4-2 defeat in the finals against the then-champions, France.

Croatia are now ready to dominate the World

World Cup: Croatia
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This squad is currently on their third successive World Cup campaigns, and are hoping to exceed their performance last edition. In Russia 2018, they are nothing but impressive, following their surprising participation in the finals. Addition to that, they are also able to made a flawless run before their defeat against France. Experience will be the key of Croatia as they enter a new edition of the World Cup. Moreover, they are also able to add members of their squad who can lead their team well. They are hoping not to repeat their record on their opening games in the World Cup, losing three of their last five opening games.

Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, and Josip Stanisic are expected to be Croatia’s leaders, and are expected to step up in their campaign.

Morocco is set to pull-off a surprise

World Cup: Morocco
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Morocco on one hand are hoping to finally escape the group stage, which they failed to do so over the past editions. In fact, after their numerous attempts to enter the World Cup, they only qualified last edition in Russia 2018. Luckily, it seems like they are entering Qatar 2022 in a good note, following their recent games. In fact, on their last game, they dominated Georgia in a 3-0 win. They also need to put trust and confidence on their guys as they are very talented. For this tournament, they are hoping that they will not underperform, and leave a mark to their opponents.

Sofyan Amrabat is expected to return in this match. Guys like Youssef En-Nesyri and Hakim Ziyech are expected to lead the Morocco squad.

Prediction:

Croatia (2.5)
Odds: -0.87

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