Morocco v Croatia Betting Tips & Predictions

Croatia are 17/12 favourites over Morocco for the 2022 World Cup third-place playoff on Saturday afternoon.

Croatia were outplayed by Argentina in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday, sending them to the third-place playoff against Morocco. 

The Atlas Lions’ historic run was halted by France on Wednesday night. 

These matches can be hard to predict, as it is difficult to know how each team will approach them. 

With club football returning so quickly after the World Cup, will players be interested in playing for third? Will the two managers see this as an opportunity to give minutes to players who have not been involved?

Total Goals: Over 2.5 

10/11 (Bet365)

These teams have not exactly been prolific scorers throughout this World Cup, combining for 11 goals thus far. Four of those were scored by Croatia in their thrashing of Canada. 

Third-place playoffs often throw previous form out the window, however, with the tension of the knockout rounds replaced by a relaxed, end-to-end affair. 

The 2-0 between Belgium and England four years ago was an exception. Prior to that, the previous 10 third-place playoffs produced three or more goals. 

Anytime Goalscorer: Hakim Ziyech

7/2 (Paddy Power)

An open match with the chance to put on a bit of a show is made for Hakim Ziyech. Out of favour at Chelsea, Walid Regragui might not feel the need to rest the former Ajax man, who already has a goal to his name at this World Cup.

Ziyech hasn’t been particularly productive since his move to west London, but he has 19 goals in 49 caps for the Atlas Lions.

Both Teams To Score: Yes

7/10 (Unibet)

If there is going to be over 2.5 goals, there’s a good chance both teams score. These defences have been resolute in Qatar, but they have also had to ride some luck. 

Morocco have suffered injuries in defence, and the motivation is not the same for their backs-to-the-wall approach. Croatia have conceded a lot of chances at this World Cup, with 1.48 expected goals allowed per 90. 

All odds are subject to change

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