Spain vs Morocco
After probably the best game so far at the World Cup and a point taken against Portugal in a 3:3 draw, Spaniards managed to overcame Iran with narrow 1:0 result. Only goal was scored back in 54th minute via Costa, just when the Europeans needed to take the lead.
Spain was better in the first halftime and created some decent chances, but final touch was missing. They have upped the tempo at the start of second and took the lead. As the time progressed, the team didn't risk much and sealed the game without much troubles at the back making the game more passive than what we expected them to make.
Spaniards should be playing in 4-3-3 formation with Silva, Costa and Isco in attack. Right back Daniel Carvajal should continue here after he proved his fitness.
Morocco surely showed the most out of the teams that didn't score so far and have zero points, but they lacked more luck and something more to make the games much more difficult to their opponents. Their defeat in the first round against Iran was a bit heart breaking as they conceded only goal in fifth minute of additional time.
Their second round game against Portugal wasn't any better as they conceded the only goal in fourth minute and generally could be said, were better from that moment on. Few very decent chances were created as Portuguese stood satisfied with the lead and tried to make passive game. No matter what, no doubt that another "undeserved" defeat made the atmosphere weaker inside their squad.
The side is now without any point in the group and without chances to progress further. There's nothing left for them but to play for their pride here in hope that the luck will be a bit more on their side, at least in offensive part of the game.
Kaabi is set to lead the attack of Morocco in a version of 4-2-3-1 formation. Amrabat, Belhanda and Ziyech should be his offensive support. Nabil Dirar and Nordin Amrabat both overcame injuries and should be in contention here.
- Spain have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6 matches (FIFA World Cup).
Spain took four points out of first two rounds and will now need to do better than Portugal in order to get the first position. Much will depend on their choice which next opponent they prefer more, but if we look at the "football" things only, I see impressive victory for Spaniards here.
Morocco actually didn't disappoint and maybe deserved bit more out of the competition, but also look quite weak under pressure. They do play fine football and do decent in offense, but something's missing in their game play and defense is surely not their strongest link.
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Spain vs Morocco prediction
Spain -1.5 Asian handicap @ 2.11 with Pinnacle