The World Cup Round of 16 comes to a conclusion with just two games left to decide the quarter-finalists. The first is a clash between tournament favourites from Europe and a talented African side who surprisingly topped their group. The winner of this tie will take on the victor of Portugal vs Switzerland, meaning there’s a strong chance of an all-European clash in the next round after Spain vs Morocco.
Spain vs Morocco Predictions and Betting Odds for the Last 16 Match
Spain Run of Form
In a shocking twist, Spain finished second in Group E, not behind Germany, but behind Japan. They finished with a rather tepid four points despite entering the tournament on a good run of form. Their great play from earlier in the year has so far not translated to the World Cup, aside from the 7-0 drubbing of Costa Rica on opening day.
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For a side with such strong ambitions, this team haven’t been at their best so far.
Morocco Run of Form
Morocco sailed through the group stages without suffering a defeat. They were the surprise package of the group as many expected Belgium to win Group F, but they crumbled under the pressure and crashed out. The team who did win the group, however, have been playing well all year.
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Since suffering a quarter-final exit in the African Cup of nations, this side hasn’t lost a competitive match.
Head to Head
There have only been three meetings between these two nations, and all three have taken place in the World Cup. The Red Fury won the first two, but in the 2018 World Cup these two teams played to a 2-2 draw.
Spain vs Morocco Prediction
The Atlas Lions seem primed for an upset here, the last 16 has so far not offered up much in terms of shock factor. This could just be the match to change that as one side is playing quite well, while the other is failing to get results on the pitch.
Current Betting Odds: Spain vs Morocco
Luis Enrique’s team is a strong favourite in the betting market. With odds of 1/2 of winning, Spain are tipped to get the win. Walid Regragui’s team is facing an uphill battle with odds of 6/1.
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