Spain vs Morocco Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
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Spain vs Morocco Predictions
Despite their well-documented issues pre-tournament, Spain have been relatively dependable and solid so far. Fernando Hierro has a number of experienced and talented players at his disposal and they’ve managed to collect four points from a possible six. They will fancy their chances of beating Morocco in this final Group B tie. They only need to collect a single point in order to secure their place in the round of 16 and they are fancied to progress to the latter stages of the competition. Morocco are lacking firepower and that could trip them up here. Herve Renard’s side have been incredibly unlucky but they are likely to end their campaign with a defeat. Spain are 1.30 with 888Sport and that looks a decent wager.
Spain vs Morocco Preview
Spain drifted in the outright market following the news of Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal on the eve of the tournament but La Roja have shown no signs of faltering just yet. They were three minutes away from stealing all three points against their neighbours Portugal but were pegged back by a stunning Cristiano Ronaldo free-kick. They weren’t at their best against Iran but they were still able to collect three points. They play easy-on-the-eye passing football and they should be able to secure their place in the round of 16 here. Players such as David Silva and Andres Iniesta are vastly experienced and will provide plenty of spark for Fernando Hierro’s side and they also have plenty of strength-in-depth on the bench.
Morocco have been incredibly unlucky at the 2018 World Cup. Herve Renard’s side have lost back-to-back games but didn’t deserve to be defeated in either of them. They were the better side against Portugal but missed a succession of chances in the second half with Medhi Benatia culpable for the majority of those spurned efforts. They will want to go out with their heads held high but this could be a tough ask.
Spain vs Morocco Odds
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Morocco don’t have a natural centre-forward and their lack of frontman is to blame for their early exit. They missed a number of chances against Portugal and they have failed to find the net in 180 minutes of football. They are unlikely to find a way past an experienced Spanish defence that contains Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos. Both Teams to Score? No is priced at 1.79 with 888Sport and should be backed here.
Spain vs Morocco Correct Score Prediction
Morocco are heading home and they may want to salvage some pride here. Alternatively, there may be a lack of urgency about the Atlas Lions and they could come unstuck against Spain. La Roja have plenty of quality and also possess a number of options from the bench. They should be able to make their dominance count and a 3-0 scoreline is one of the likeliest outcomes in this match. It can be backed at 7.43 with Sports Interaction.
Group B Standings
Spain sit joint-top of Group B alongside Portugal with both teams having accumulated four points from their opening two matches. Iran have four points whereas Morocco are yet to get off the mark and cannot qualify for the round of 16.
Spain had 68% possession against Iran. They also registered 17 attempts on goal.
Spain only won two of their three group games in 2010. Despite this, they went on to lift the trophy.
Spain haven’t drawn a game at the World Cup since 2002. All runs must come to an end at some point and it’s 5.00 with William Hill for this game to end all-square.
Diego Costa has scored three goals so far at the tournament.
Morocco had 14 shots against Uruguay yet somehow they failed to find the back of the net.
The Atlas Lions are searching for just their third World Cup victory.
Why should I bet on Spain against Morocco?
With one more group game still left to play Morocco were eliminated from this year’s World Cup after two 1-0 defeats against Iran and Portugal. The North African side can count themselves slightly unlucky as they played a skilful, attacking style in both matches but were unable to score the all-important goals. Although they will want to leave the tournament on a high they are up against a Spain side that have played some wonderful football and will want three points in a hope to top the group. Betway are offering 1.30 on a Spain win that will earn marginal returns.
Morocco has been unable to score against either Iran or Portugal and it seems like a tough ask for them to find their scoring boots against a hugely talented Spain side. There are goal scorers all over the pitch for the Europeans with Pique and Ramos just as likely to get on the score sheet as Silva or Isco. But Diego Costa is the striker in form. He didn’t perform four years ago in his native Brazil but he already has three goals to his name at this tournament and it would not be a surprise if he added to that tally here and 888Sport are offering good value on Costa to score first.
Spain will want to go through to the next round as group winners so they know that a big win against Morocco will really put the pressure on Portugal in their final game against an Iran side still in with a shout themselves. If Spain scores early then Moroccan heads will surely drop leaving Iniesta, Silva and Isco an excellent chance to get on the score sheet for themselves. Betway have Spain 7.50 to win 3-0 and they may well be in the mood for goals.
David Silva – Spain have a number of extremely cultured players but David Silva has to be the pick of them. The Man City midfielder was excellent this season despite off-the-field distractions and he will be pivotal in Spain’s progression at the tournament. He plays a slightly different role for his country but remains hugely effective and always chips in with a couple of important goals. He’ll be supplying Diego Costa and he could make the difference in this fixture.
Hakim Ziyech – The Ajax playmaker has gone from strength to strength over the past couple of seasons and his confidence has increased as a result. He buzzes around, creating opportunities for his team-matches and has weighed in with some vitally important goals during qualifying. The Spanish defence will need to keep an eye on him throughout the 90 minutes.
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