Morocco vs Croatia World Cup third-place play-off prediction

Soccer news Dec 16, 2022

This week, both ultimate underdogs Croatia and Morocco lost in the World Cup semi-finals after seeming on the verge of completing a historic repeat of their 1998 final appearance. The countries will now face off for third place.

Runners-up Croatia lost 3-0 to Lionel Messi and Argentina on Tuesday, while runners-up Morocco lost 2-0 to the defending champions on Wednesday.

But Morocco have already made history as the first African team to reach the World Cup semifinals, and they still have a chance to win their last game in Qatar.

Three weeks after playing to a scoreless draw with the Atlas Lions in the group stage, Croatia will be looking to end on a high note of their own.

What you need to know is listed below.

What time is it will be held?

On Saturday, December 17 at 3pm GMT (6pm local time), the third-place match will begin.

The match will go off at Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan.

How to watch it?

The match between Croatia and Morocco can be seen live on BBC One and the iPlayer website and app in the United Kingdom.

Teams News:

It's unclear whether Croatia's midfielder Marcelo Brozovic will play because of an injury he suffered against Argentina. It's possible that central defender Josep Gvardiol, who wasn't 100 percent for that match, may be given some time off to prevent any additional damage.

In Morocco's defeat against France, three players were started despite injury concerns; Nayef Aguerd left the game shortly before kickoff, while defenders Romain Saiss and Noussair Mazraoui were also forced to leave the field. Therefore, it is likely that all three will be unsuccessful in their endeavor.

Predicted line-ups Morocco vs Croatia:

Croatia line-ups: Livakovic; Juranovic, Lovren, Sutalo, Sosa; Modric, Jakic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Kramaric, Perisic

Morocco line-ups: Bounou; Hakimi, El-Yamiq, Dari, Attiyat Allah; Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal

Morocco vs Croatia Odds

Croatia – 11/8

Morocco – 2/1

Draw – 12/5

Via Betfair .

Morocco vs Croatia Game Prediction:

The Moroccans played well against France, although they seemed to be roughly 30% below their normal level owing to exhaustion and injuries. More importantly, by the time this game is played, Croatia will have had an additional day to rest after their semi-final. The luck of the ultimate underdogs may have run out in this tournament for Morocco. A single goal from Croatia separates the two teams.

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