We have compiled a prediction for you for the match Croatia – Morocco in the match for third place in the playoffs of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Morocco lost to France (0:2) in the semifinals, while Croatia lost to Argentina (0:3).
The Croatian national team – very dryly reached the semi-finals, against Argentina there was not a single chance!
Croatia is ranked 12th in the FIFA rankings and 19th in the UEFA rankings. In the group stage, they already played with Morocco and then drew 0:0. For this tournament, they have in their assets: a draw with Belgium (0:0), a draw with Japan (1:1; victory on penalties), a draw with Brazil (1:1, victory on penalties). Victory against Canada (4:1) and defeat against Argentina (0:3).
Croatia plays very dryly and on the result, of the serious opponents only Brazil had, which they passed on penalties. There was no chance against Argentina. Croats scored: Andrei Kramaric (2 goals), followed by Ivan Perisic, Marko Livaya, Lovro Mayer and Bruno Petkovic – they each have one goal. Of the assistants, I would mention Ivan Perisic and Mislav Orsic (2 assists each), Dejan Lovren and Josip Yuranovich (1 assist each).
A lot of questions about the game of Croatia, not a particularly attacking team, but reached the semi-finals and will play in the match for third place. Croats deserve respect, I wonder how they will resist the Moroccans.
Morocco national team – played well with France, but the class was not enough
Morocco is ranked 22nd in the FIFA rankings. The team from the African continent had an amazing 2022 World Cup in Qatar and is rightfully considered the main sensation of the tournament. In the group they had a draw (0:0) with Croatia, which I wrote about above, they also managed to defeat Belgium (2:0), Canada (2:1), a draw with Spain (0:0; victory on penalties). Surprised with a victory over Portugal (1:0), but already in the semi-final was not enough against France (0:2).
If you remember that match with the French, Morocco failed the first half, conceded a very quick goal and then it was difficult to return. In the second half, they completely dominated France and deserved at least one goal, but that evening everything was on the side of the French.
For Morocco in this tournament, Youssef En-Neseri (2 goals), Zakaria Abukhlal, Romain Saiss and Hakim Ziyech (1 goal each) scored in regular time. Of the assistants, I would mention Hakim Ziyesh, Hakimi, Abdelhamid Sabiri and Yahya Attiyat-Allah.
Croatia v Morocco: bet on World Cup 2022 in Qatar
I repeat once again, the teams are about the same level in terms of style of play. They played in the group stage and then there was a goalless draw with a minimum number of scoring chances. Both teams have eminent players, the Croats probably have a little more of them, but, as this tournament has shown, names do not always decide. Of course, we do not take into account Argentina and France, here we are talking more about Portugal and Spain, which fell from Morocco.
I expect that there will be a lot of struggle in the match, but there will be a minimum of goals. If you choose the winner, then probably I still believe in the success of Croatia more. In the game, the teams have 50-50 chances, so it’s better to watch live how the players will show themselves in the starting minutes. Because with France, for example, Morocco conceded an early goal and were forced to play the first number, which they do not know how. In the second half, the French were strangled, but the implementation was not enough. That the third, that the fourth place for Morocco is a significant achievement, so the pressure on the players should be minimal.
Of the interesting markets for the match Croatia – Morocco, I would note the following outcomes:
- Croatia win in regular time in 2.4
- Croatia pass for 1.75
- Both teams to score – no for 2.14
- Morocco not to score at 3.25
Prediction: Croatia will pass Morocco and take third place