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World Cup: Croatia vs Morocco – Match preview

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Ace Football team previews the World Cup clash between Croatia and Morocco and offers the latest team news, stats, and free betting tips with the best odds.

Croatia are to battle Morocco in the third-place playoff of the World Cup at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday.

The World Cup dream may be over, but both Croatia and Morocco will surely want to go out on a high by taking the next best prize: a bronze medal and $27 million – not for third place, right? Croatia enter the playoff ranked 12th in the FIFA world ranking, 10 spots above the 22nd-placed Morocco.

Team form: Croatia vs Morocco

Croatia Form

It is neither good nor disastrous for Croatia based on their last three matches. They first overcame Japan on penalties after drawing 1-1. Another shootout win came against Brazil following a 0-0 draw, before a 3-0 defeat to Argentina ended the dream in Qatar. The Blazers were able to win seven of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, drawing twice and losing just once.

Morocco Form

In their last three World Cup matches, Morocco beat Spain on penalties after finishing 0-0 and won 1-0 against Portugal before a 2-0 semi-final defeat to France ended their remarkable campaign. The Atlas Lions ended up as winners in seven of their previous 10 games across all competitions, drawing twice and losing only one time.

Betting facts for Croatia and Morocco

Here are some interesting betting-relevant facts based on the data from the last couple of matches that Croatia and Morocco played across all competitions.

  • Croatia have not lost 20 of the last 22 matches
  • In the last 3 Croatia matches the sum of goals was over 2.5
  • Croatia have conceded in the last 3 matches in a row
  • In the last 12 Morocco matches, the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • Morocco have not lost 12 of the last 14 matches
  • Morocco have won 4 of the last 5 matches
  • Morocco have not conceded in 8 of the last 10 matches
  • Morocco have won 4 of the last 5 matches and the sum of goals was under 3.5

Players under the radar: Croatia vs Morocco

Looking at the market for a goalscorer, it seems a good idea to side with Andrej Kramaric, who is performing well for Croatia. He found the back of the net two times in his most recent World Cup outings. He’ll be out to add more goals against Morocco. The visitors will be looking to Youssef En-Nesyri to find the net once again, after managing two World Cup goals for Morocco in recent matches.

Betting markets: Croatia vs Morocco

Full-time result

In their last 10 matches across all tournaments, Croatia won seven times, drew two and lost one time. Morocco claimed seven wins, drew two times and lost one in their last 10 games across all tournaments. Croatia are without defeat in five matches as the home side.

Both teams to score

Amazingly, Croatia scored the first goal of the match in just three out of the last ten games at home. Morocco got the opening goal in five out of their last ten away games. The North Africans are excellent at shutting up shop with no less than eight clean sheets in the last 10 matches. Meanwhile, Croatia have been able to keep a clean sheet in four of their last 10 games.

Total goals

Croatia saw over 2.5 goals in six of their last ten matches across all tournaments, as they scored an average of two goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals came up in three of Morocco’s previous ten matches across all tournaments. They managed to score an average of 1.5 goals in these matches.

Betting tip: Croatia vs Morocco

The match between Croatia and Morocco should be an interesting one to watch and play some bets on, too. Therefore, we have come up with a free betting tip for this World Cup game.