Croatia, the runners-up from the previous edition, will get their 2022 FIFA World Cup campaign underway against Morocco on Wednesday at the Al Bayt Stadium. The two teams have been drawn alongside Belgium and Canada in a tricky Group F. Morocco have qualified for the World Cup for the second time in a row, though their 2018 campaign ended in the group stage.
Croatia are playing in their third consecutive World Cup and, having finished as the runners-up in the previous edition, they are expected to do well in Qatar. Both teams head into their campaign opener in great form and are undefeated in their last five games across all competitions. Morocco have four wins in that period while Croatia have picked up five wins.
Morocco defeated Georgia 3-0 in their warm-up game on Thursday, thanks to goals from Youssef En Nesyri, Hakim Ziyech, and Sofiane Boufal. Croatia played a close match against Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, with Andrej Kramaric scoring the only goal of the game
The Atlas Lions have a strong squad, with most of their first-team players playing in some of the top European leagues. They have failed to live up to their potential at international tournaments and in the Africa Cup of Nations last year, they were eliminated in the quarter-finals. They will be looking to avoid the underachiever tag in this competition.
Kockasti have added a few new faces to their squad since their appearance in the 2018 final. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric will be the pivot of the team on the pitch and Croatia will be counting on his experience and leadership in this game.
Both teams look in good touch at the moment and, given the nerves of the campaign opener, they might play out a draw here.
Prediction: Morocco 2-2 Croatia
Morocco:- Bono (GK), Hakimi, Saiss, Aguerd, Mazraoui, Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah, Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal
Croatia:- Livakovic (GK), Stanisic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Barisic, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Vlasic, Petkovic, Perisic
Tip 1: Result – Draw
Tip 2: Goals – Over/Under 2.5 Goals – Over 2.5
Tip 3: Croatia to score first – Yes
Tip 4: At least a goal to be scored in the second half – Yes
Tip 5: Sofiane Boufal to score or assist anytime – Yes
Tip 6: Luka Modric to score or assist anytime – Yes
The FIFA World Cup 2022 Group F match between Morocco vs Croatia will be telecast LIVE on Sports 18 channels in India.