Croatia vs Morocco: FIFA World Cup 2022 Third place match, Prediction and Match Preview, Betting tips

Croatia and Morocco will play in the FIFA World Cup 2022 third-place play-off after both suffering heartbreaking losses in the FIFA World Cup semifinals, at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar on Saturday 17 December at 10 am ET.

Croatia and Morocco have previously played in the group stage of this edition of the FIFA World Cup 2022 with the end result concluding with a 0-0 draw, making this their second encounter.

Now, Both Croatia and Morocco will compete on Saturday for a spot on the podium after both sides went undefeated up to this point which ended at the semifinal stage.

Preview :

Croatia will play their second third place match at the world cup while Morocco will play their first today.

Morocco, who made history as the first African team to reach a World Cup semi-final, will be looking to cement their legacy with a third-place finish
while Croatia will be hoping to end on a winning note after what has been an exceptionally consistent run of World Cup form for the country.

Both would remain unbeaten until the semifinals — making them the last undefeated teams —
before Croatia fell 3-0 to Argentina and Morocco was beaten by France 2-0.

Croatia FIFA World Cup 2022 performance so far :

Matchday 1 resulted in Croatia vs. Morocco 0-0, Matchday 2 Croatia vs. Canada was 4-1, Matchday 3 was Croatia 0-0 against Belgium. In the round of 16, Croatia vs. Japan was 1-1, Croatia was winner on penalties with 3-1. In the quarterfinals, Croatia was 1-1 against Brazil and later Croatia won on penalties with a 4-2. In the Semifinals against Argentina, Croatia lost the match with a 3-0.

Morocco FIFA World Cup 2022 performance so far :

Matchday 1 was Croatia 0-0 against Morocco. Matchday 2 was Morocco vs. Belgium in a 2-0. Matchday 3 was a stunning win for Morocco with a 2-1 against Canada. In the round of 16, Spain against Morocco was 0-0 but later Morocco won on penalties with a 3-0. In the quarterfinals,
Morocco win with a 1-0 in a clash against Portugal. In the semifinals match, France won with a 2-0 in a clash against Morocco.

Head to Head :

Croatia and Morocco have only played each other twice, the first of which the Europeans won on penalties after a 2-2 draw in the Hassan II Trophy – a friendly tournament organised by the North Africans.

Their second meeting was in the group stage of this World Cup, where the sides drew 0-0.

Possible line-up :

Croatia: Livakovic; Gvardiol, Juranovic, Lovren, Sosa; Kovacic, Modric, Brozovic; Perisic, Kramaric, Livaja

Morocco: Bounou; Saiss, Mazraoui, Hakimi, Aguerd; Amallah, Amrabat, Ounahi; Boufal, Ziyech, En-Nesyri

Key Players to Watch :

Croatia: Mateo Kovacic, Luka Modric

Morocco: Azzedine Ounahi, Hakimi

One of the standout players of the last two World Cups and one of the greatest midfielders of his generation,
The game could be Croatia captain Luka Modric’s last with the national team

Predictions :

Croatia are favourites to win the match but Morocco have more motivations to become the first African team to arrive in the top three in the World Cup’s history.

We say Morocco will win 2-1 against Croatia

Bet: Odds: Croatia +125; Draw +240; Morocco +210 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

Date: Saturday, December 17
Kickoff Time: 10:00am ET / 3:00 pm GMT
Location : at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar

Live Streaming :

10am ET on Fox for English, Telemundo for Spanish, FUBO Tv, fox sports app, FS1 and Telemundo
Live stream: FUBO TV (Try for free)

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