Croatia vs Morocco will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting matches entering the final stretch of this Qatar 2022 World Cup. Croatia earned the respect of its rivals and Morocco the affection of soccer fans. Luka Modric and Achraf Hakimi go head to head to determine which team will be the third best in the world.
The Croatians arrive after losing to Argentina and the Moroccans after losing to France. Next Saturday will be a day not to be missed for all soccer fans around the world.
At JefeBet we present our analysis, predictions and other information on the clash between these two national teams, Croatia vs Morocco, a match that promises action on the scoreboard. Remember that there is a specific section in our website where you may check updates on the World Cup predictions.
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Predictions and Betting Preview for the Croatia vs Morocco World Cup Qatar 2022 Third Place Match on December 17, 2022
- Where: Khalifa International Stadium, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar
- When: Saturday, December 17, 2022, 10:00 AM E.T.
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Croatia had a great World Cup in Qatar 2022. The team coached by Zlatko Dalić showed hierarchy and after being runners-up in Russia 2018. Led by Luka Modrić, they advanced to the knockout stage, finishing second in Group F just behind Morocco with a record of two draws and a win. Then, in the round of 16, they defeated the surprising and intimidating Japan national team by penalty kicks.
In the quarterfinals came the big surprise, as the Croatians defeated Brazil, who were the overwhelming favorites to win the tournament. Goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic became the hero and saved again in the penalty shootout. Later, in the semifinal, Dalić’s bus ran out of gas, and in the semifinal against an Argentina team that was illuminated by the grace of Leo Messi, they lost 3-0, thus ending their World Cup dream.
In this new Croatia vs Morocco clash, the European team is expected to apply everything they have learned throughout this edition, thus achieving a prominent place as the third team.
Possible Croatia lineup (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic; Josip Juranovic, Dejan Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa; Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Mateo Kovacic; Andrej Kramaric, Bruno Petkovic, Ivan Perisic.
Morocco was one of the surprises of this World Cup. The African team, against all odds, earned a place among the four best teams on the planet. From the start, in the group phase, the Moroccans were leaders despite being underdogs.
Later on, they were able to beat two of the most experienced teams, Spain and Portugal. The Atlas Lions combined the physical fitness of their players with a clear style of play set by Walid Regragui, their coach.
Among the major protagonists of this team were Yassine Bono and Achraf Hakimi, who forged a defensive wall that was difficult to cross even for the best strikers. Despite this, Kylian Mbappé’s French team crushed the illusion with a 2-0 score.
This Croatia vs. Morocco match will undoubtedly be a great game after their draw in the group stage. The Africans have built a reputation that will weigh heavily on the field of play and will not make it easy for the Europeans.
Possible Morocco lineup (4-3-3): Yassine Bono; Achraf Hakimi, Achraf Dari, Jawad El Yamiq, Noussair Mazraoui; Azzedine Ounahi, Sofyan Amrabat, Selim Amallah; Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri, Sofiane Boufal.
For this new clash between Croatia vs Morocco, we believe that the Europeans will be the ones to win. So far, the attack led by Luka Modrić and his compatriots has proven to be deadly for any opponent.
The quality and current form of their players will make it very difficult for the Moroccans, who are also in a good moment and eager to make even more history in Qatar.
Prediction: Croatia win 2-1.