It’s the game that no side wants to be in, the scrimmage for third place. After coming out as expected losers in the semi-finals these two teams will now play for the distinction of being the “best of the rest”. What will happen when one of Europe’s strongest takes on the surprise package of Africa.
Croatia vs Morocco Predictions and Betting Odds for December 17
Croatia Run of Form
Despite their run to the final four, Croatia have only won a single game in this tournament in regulation time. All of their knockout stage victories came via the playoffs, while they made it through the group undefeated with only a matchday two win over Canada to their name.
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While they have proven difficult to beat, it’s hard to see the team having the same resilience with so little on the line. Their best aspects may end up stripped away for this game.
Morocco Run of Form
Not many could have predicted Morocco to make it as far as they did. They finished top of Group F ahead of Belgium (Why Belgium’s Golden Generation Have Failed to Fulfill Their Potential) and their opponent’s in this game. Then they outlasted Spain and Portugal in back-to-back upsets before eventually falling to France.
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One thing is clear, this is a nation that can’t be underestimated. They have the ability to score goals and defend incredibly well.
Recent Head to Head
The Atlas Lions and the Vatreni played already in this campaign. They opened Group F in a scoreless draw that went on to personify the tournament for both sides.
Croatia vs Morocco Prediction
We will tip the cap towards Walid Regragui’s team in this one. Their opposition have been resilient all tournament long and endured some gruelling games throughout. They may not have it in them to show that spirit again in a big to just finish in third place.
Current Betting Odds: Croatia vs Morocco
Zlatco Dalic’s team are the slight favourites in the betting market. SkyBet currently has them at 13/10 odds, which is just ahead of Morocco at 2/1.