The 2022 FIFA World Cup returns to the fold with another crucial knock-out fixture this week as Morocco lock horns with Luis Enrique’s Spain side in a round-of-16 clash at the Education City Stadium on Tuesday.
Spain finished in second place in Group E after a shock defeat against Japan in their final group game. La Furia Roja have one of the best squads in the tournament and will be intent on progressing to the next round.
Morocco, on the other hand, have exceeded expectations so far at the World Cup and managed to top their group. The African outfit edged Canada to a 2-1 victory last week and will look to achieve a similar result in this fixture.
Spain have a young squad at their disposal and have an excellent pool of talent to tap into ahead of this match. The Iberian giants are bonafide contenders to win the World Cup and will need their young guns to step up on the big stage.
Morocco stunned Belgium in the group stage and are perfectly capable of pulling off an upset on their day. Spain are the better team on paper, however, and should be able to win this game.
Prediction: Morocco 1-2 Spain
The match will kick off at 8:30 PM IST
The match will kick off on Wednesday, December 6
Bounou, Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui; Amrabat, Ounahi, Sabiri; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal.
Simon, Carvajal. Rodri, Laporte, Alba; Busquets, Pedri, Gavi; Torres, Morata, Olmo.
Tip 1: Result – Spain
Tip 2: Game to have over 2.5 goals – Yes
Tip 3: Spain to score first – Yes
Tip 4: Alvaro Morata to score – Yes
The match will be beamed live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD.