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Morocco v Croatia World Cup Group F Betting Guide

An opening game in Group F may create an upset if Morocco beat the World Cup runners-up of 2018, Croatia. The referee for the match will blow his whistle on 23rd November to get the ball rolling at the Al Bayt Stadium. Looking at the current world rankings we can see that Morocco is currently placed 22nd and Croatia is positioned 15th, meaning this match should prove to be a tight contest.

The Teams’ Routes to the World Cup


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) world cup qualifying procedure provided a bye to the second-round group stage for Morocco. Their six games against Guinea-Bissau, Guinea and Sudan provided an unblemished record leaving them as clear group winners to progress to the third round two-legged qualification play-off. Having scored 20 goals and only conceded 1 in the second round, Morocco comfortably defeated DR Congo 5 – 2 on aggregate in the third round to book their place in the 2022 World Cup.


The Croatians didn’t have it all their way in the UEFA Group H of the World Cup qualification phase. Within their group were Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Cyprus and Malta. In the 10 games played Croatia won 7, drew 2 and lost 1 match. They narrowly avoided finishing in second place as they beat the Russians in the final group game with a solitary goal 5 minutes from full-time sealing a first-place finish in Group H. Luka Modrić, Ivan Perišić and Mario Pašalić all finished the group with 3 goals apiece.

Morocco and Croatia have only played each other once in December 1996 and that game ended 2 – 2.

Current Odds at

It is always fun to bet on the result of a game, whether you decide Morocco or Croatia will win or the game will end in a draw. Here at we are giving you exactly that opportunity. You can bet on Morocco to beat Croatia and you will be offered current odds at 73/20. However, Croatia is the favourite to win the tie and prices are offered at 81/100. Alternatively, the teams may battle it out for a drab goal-less or exciting score-draw and placing a wager on this can offer odds at 12/5.

Team Overview


There will not be many managers at the 2022 World Cup with the amount of experience that Vahid Halilhodžić will bring to the Moroccans. A Bosnian national he played football for Velež Mostar and Nantes while gaining 18 international caps and scoring 5 goals for the former Yugoslavia. Morocco is the 4th national team that he has guided to the World Cup Finals, having qualified with Ivory Coast in 2010, Algeria in 2014 and Japan in 2018. He has been the manager of Morocco since 2019 taking charge of 30 games, winning 20, drawing 7 and losing 3 providing a win ratio of 66.67%.

Leadership will be a key attribute to defeating Croatia and apart from Vahid Halilhodžić, captain Romain SaÏss will need to show the way forward on the pitch. He will also need to be fully alert to the attacking threat of Croatia while playing in central defence. Born in France, Romain SaÏss qualified to play for Morocco and made his debut for the national team in 2012. He has since gone on to make 63 international appearances, scoring 1 goal. During this time, he has played in 3 African Cup of Nations tournaments and the 2018 World Cup. In his professional career, he has won the EFL Championship in 2018/2018 with Wolverhampton Wanderers going on to make 176 appearances for the club. He now plays in the Turkish Super Lig with Beşiktaş.


Can Zlatko Dalić be the man to surprise again and take Croatia one step further to win the World Cup? Against all odds, he took the small nation of Croatia to the World Cup final in Russia where they lost against France 4 – 2, finishing runners-up. As a player he made over 150 appearances playing as a defensive midfielder for the Croatian team Varaždin and went on to manage them. He will know the Croatian’s strength lies in midfield and will be able to help them acclimatise to the conditions in Qatar having managed in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, where he won the UAE Pro League with Al-Ain in 2014/2015. Having managed Croatia since 2017, he has overseen 60 matches, winning 29, drawing 14 and losing 17 giving a relatively low win ratio of 48.33%. His win ratio in the World Cup is much better at 57.14%.

The Croatian midfield has strength and depth but the player most people want to watch is Luka Modrić. With 152 international appearances he is the most capped player of all time for Croatia and his goals see him as the joint 5th highest goal-scorer with 22 goals. This may well be his last World Cup and he will be wanting to take Croatia one step further than Russia 2018 when they finished runners-up, the year Modrić won the Ballon d’Or. He is the captain of the national team and during his professional club career has made over 125 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur and almost 300 appearances for Real Madrid, where he is a 3-time La Liga and 5-time UEFA Champions League winner. A joy to watch, this diminutive midfielder floats around the pitch making things tick as a creative playmaker.

An Interesting Match with the Potential for Surprise

Croatia, the 2018 World Cup runners-up will want a strong start in the 2022 World Cup finals to prove their intentions to go one better this time round. However, while Croatia is the favourite to win the game, Morocco is not far behind in the world rankings and they will equally want to stamp their authority on this opening game. Morocco versus Croatia will be an interesting opening clash and you can have fun sifting through all the betting outcomes for this match right here at

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