Spain vs Morocco Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
25th June 2018 – 19:00 GMT
Group B – Kaliningrad Stadium
Spain vs Morocco Predictions
Spain are on course to qualify for the round of 16 and just need a point from this fixture in order to progress. Despite the pre-tournament upheaval, they’ve looked assured and have stuck to their passing principles. They didn’t exert themselves against Iran but they managed to secure three points and always looked capable of going up a gear. Morocco are heading home but they’ve been incredibly unfortunate. They’ve put in two exceptionally solid performances and created a succession of opportunities throughout their 180 minutes of tournament football. Their wayward finishing is the reason for their early exit and it isn’t likely to help them in this game. The Europeans should end their group stage campaign with three points and Spain are priced at 5/18 with bwin.
Spain vs Morocco Preview
Spain have a number of experienced players and their tournament experience has seen them pick up four points from their opening couple of games. Fernando Hierro took over in tumultuous circumstances but he’s done exceptionally well to steady the ship. They have relied upon the goals of Diego Costa and were a little lucky to beat Iran but they should progress deep into the competition. They end their Group B campaign against Morocco and they will be expected to collect three points here.
This should be a good game for the neutrals with both sides setting up in attack-minded formations. The two teams love to get the ball down and play football and that should add to the spectacle.
Morocco have equipped themselves well at the 2018 World Cup and they can hold their heads up high. Herve Renard’s side have some talented players but lack a centre-forward. Medhi Benatia missed a flurry of chances in the second half against Portugal with the Juventus centre-back unable to rescue a point for this side.
Spain are expected to score a few goals in this one. Morocco have been relatively solid at the back but they weren’t really tested by Portugal. La Roja are likely to carve out a few opportunities in this game and they should take the majority of them. Diego Costa has started the tournament in flying form and he is likely to find the net once again. Over 2.5 Goals is 7/10 with Betfair and many punters will also fancy Over 3.5 Goals, which is priced at 9/5.
Spain vs Morocco Correct Score Prediction
It wasn’t a vintage Spanish display against Iran but they still managed to collect three points. Morocco have nothing to play for and they are unlikely to be as tough to break down as Iran. La Roja should find this fairly routine and a 3-0 win looks the likeliest outcome. It can be backed at 15/2 with Bet365.
Spain vs Morocco Odds
Head to Head
These two sides have never faced one another previously.
Group B Standings
Spain and Portugal are both on four points coming into this game. They have identical goal difference and Fernando Hierro’s side will see this as an opportunity to improve their stats. Morocco are bottom of Group B after failing to collect a point from their first two games. Iran currently have three points and will need to beat Portugal in order to qualify.
- Spain had 68% possession against Iran. They also registered 17 attempts on goal
- Spain only won two of their three group games in 2010. They went on to lift the trophy
- Spain haven’t drawn a game 0-0 at the World Cup since 2002. All runs must come to an end at some point and it’s 11/1 with William Hill for this game to end 0-0
- Diego Costa has scored three goals in Russia
- Morocco had 14 shots against Uruguay but failed to find the back of the net
- The Atlas Lions are looking for just their third World Cup victory
Why Should I Bet On Spain Against Morocco?
Spain need only a draw against already-eliminated Morocco to qualify for the knockout stages of the World Cup. However, Fernando Hierro’s side will have their eyes on collecting maximum points as that could mean they top Group B ahead of Portugal.
La Roja were unspectacular in their 1-0 win over Iran but the result prolonged their unbeaten run which stretches back to the European Championships two years ago. Meanwhile, Morocco can count themselves very unlucky to be bottom of the group having impressed against both Iran and Portugal.
However, despite their attacking flair, Herve Renard’s men don’t have a prolific goalscorer. Even if they put in a similar performance against Spain, the Moroccans aren’t going to suddenly morph into composed finishers. With top spot at stake, expect Spain to win which is at 1/3 with Bet365.
Morocco won’t want to board their flight back home without any points, or at least goals, to show for their considerable efforts. They’ll give everything in this final match so their supporters can have something to cheer before returning to North Africa.
Renard’s side had 28 shots without finding the back of the net over the course of their first two matches and will try to pepper the Spanish goal again on Monday.
With Spain keen to avoid the potentially tournament-ending consequences of a defeat, it could be worth backing Morocco to win with a two-goal head-start at 8/11 with Betfair.
Spain didn’t show a hunger to grab plenty of goals in their match with Iran, exercising caution after taking the lead early in the second half. Supporters should prepare themselves for similarly pragmatic tactics on Monday evening, with Spain having scored only one goal in four of their last six matches.
Morocco haven’t had fortune on their side so far, conceding an injury-time own goal to Iran and allowing Cristiano Ronaldo space to head in early on against Portugal. The Atlas Lions are far more solid than they’re given credit for and do have the ability to surprise La Roja.
However, the more likely outcome is clearly a low-scoring defeat. A 1-0 Spain victory is at 13/2 with 888sport.
David Silva – The cultured Manchester City midfielder is always instrumental in Spain’s attacking play and he’s likely to be pivotal at the 2018 World Cup once again. The playmaker operates in a slightly different role for his country but has proven equally effective. He’s admitted that winning the World Cup with his country would match his achievements this season at the Etihad and playing alongside the youthful energy of Isco and experience of Andres Iniesta is likely to give him plenty of freedom during the tournament.
Hakim Ziyech – The Ajax player is a class act and is likely to be Morocco’s biggest threat in the final third. He netted some very important goals during qualifying including two against Mali and if the North African side do progress, he is likely to have a big say. He is a creative force and handy from a set-piece situation.
19:00 – Kaliningrad Stadium