Last Updated on December 15, 2022 2:28 pm by Erwin Noguera
Croatia and Morocco meet to decide who will be the third-best team in the World Cup in Qatar. The performance of the teams was even worthy of applause and much praise. Croatia eliminated none other than Brazil in the quarterfinals, while Morocco beat Spain and the mighty Portugal team, who had eliminated Switzerland by a score of 6-1.
Croatia failed to impose their game against Argentina and ended up suffering a heavy defeat (3-0). Morocco, although they had a good game against France, could not support the quality of the French attackers and lost 2-0.
In this game of dispute for third place, anything can happen. Croatia arrives with the advantage of having a midfield of great technical quality. Meanwhile, the speed and defensive intensity of Morocco’s players are the highlights on the other side of the confrontation.
Saturday, December 17th, 10:00 am ET at AL Bayt Stadium, Qatar
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Why Bet on Croatia?
Croatia did not have the most exciting group stage, but once again showed that they are capable of growing in the knockout stage of the World Cup, eliminating Japan and the favorite Brazilian team on penalties.
The runner-up of the 2018 edition has midfielders far above average and has Luka Modric as their main technical reference. At the height of his 37 years, Modric marched against Brazil and was important in each of Croatia’s goals in this World Cup. Alongside Brozovic and Kovavic, Modric made up one of the best midfield trios at the World Cup in Qatar and the entire decade.
Against Morocco, Croatia will need to be attentive, breaking the opponent’s rhythm and trying to control the game from the beginning, since the Moroccans are fast and have an efficient defensive system, which conceded few goals in the tournament.
Why Bet on Morocco?
The defeat by France made the Morocco team realize that they were one of the best teams in the current edition of the World Cup. Even though they lost 2-0, the Moroccans defended efficiently and had good chances to score a goal.
Morocco’s entire trajectory in this World Cup is worthy of applause. The team exceeded the expectations of fans and analysts, advancing first in a difficult group, which included Croatia and Belgium.
Morocco and Croatia have already faced each other in this World Cup and that was the opening game of Group F, which ended 0-0.
Morocco should avoid taking the game to extra time or penalties since their opponents are made up of very experienced players who are cold in moments of tension like this one.
Final Betting Analysis: Croatia vs. Morocco
It will not be just the final that will bring great emotions and expectations in this final stretch of the World Cup. The fight for third place is filled with many ingredients that make this a special game.
Two members of Group F made it to the semifinals and barely made it to the last round. Croatia had the great achievement of eliminating Brazil, on penalties, while Morocco beat Spain and Portugal.
We believe that Morocco has more reasons to give their lives in this game, trying to take third place and keep giving more things to be proud of to the entire African continent. Hakimi, Ounahi, and Zyiech will certainly want to make history and will throw everything they know into this duel.
Our guess is for Morocco to win, even as a slight underdog at +204 in front of the +134 of Croatia.
If you put $100 into Morocco’s win, you could get $204 back for a total payout of $304.