Morocco face 2018 World Cup runners-up Croatia on Wednesday morning within the opening match of Group F.
The Atlas Lions bowed out on the group stage four-and-a-half years in the past, gathering only one level. Nonetheless, they ploughed via African qualifying impressively and have ambitions of matching the historic 1986 staff which reached the spherical of 16.
Croatia did not even exist in its fashionable guise when Morocco topped a gaggle containing England, Poland and Portugal in Mexico. They’ve since claimed bronze and silver on the worldwide stage and arrive in Qatar in good kind.
This is every little thing it is advisable know in regards to the intriguing assembly between this pair.
Morocco vs Croatia H2H Outcomes (Final 5 Video games)
Present Kind (Final 5 Video games)
Morocco staff information
The luckless Amine Harit sprained his cruciate ligament in Marseille’s closing league match earlier than the worldwide hiatus. Mockingly, the Monaco participant that dedicated the foul, Axel Disasi, was a late addition to France’s World Cup squad after harm opened an additional slot in Didier Deschamps’ squad.
Burnley’s Anass Zaroury has changed Harit in Morocco’s setup.
Selim Amallah hasn’t featured for Normal Liege since September however was nonetheless referred to as up Walid Regragui. The Barcelona loanee Ez Abde has additionally been nursing a muscular criticism which leaves his involvement within the opener unsure.
Morocco Beginning 11 (4-3-3): Bounou; Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui; Amallah, Amrabat, Ounahi; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal.
Bench: Mohamedi, Tagnaouti, El Yamiq, Dari, Benoun, Attiyat Allah, Zaroury, Chair, Aboukhlal, El Khannous, Jabrane, Hamdallah, Sabiri, Abde, Cheddira.
Croatia staff information
Croatia emerged unscathed from their closing pre-World Cup pleasant with Saudi Arabia. Marko Livaja and Kristijan Jakic had been the one members of the 26-man squad that did not function in Riyadh – although neither are considered harm doubts.
Croatia Beginning 11 (4-3-3): Livakovic; Juranovic, Sutalo, Gvardiol, Sosa; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Kramaric, Perisic.
Bench: Grbic, Ivusic, Stanisic, Barisic, Erlic, Lovren, Vida, Majer, Pasalic, Sucic, Jakic, Livaja, Petkovic, Budimir, Orsic.
Whereas Morocco’s power resides on the flanks – mainly their glitzy fullback pairing of PSG’s Achraf Hakimi and Bayern Munich’s Noussair Mazraoui – Croatia’s midfield is the envy of many.
Nonetheless, Luka Modric and co are up towards a Morocco aspect to not be underestimated. Regragui was solely appointed in August however has reintegrated key figures, reminiscent of Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech, that had been shunned by his predecessor Vahid Halilhodzic.
In a contest that might show to be extra evenly balanced than their latest World Cup information counsel, Morocco and Croatia could share the spoils on this Group F opener.
Prediction: Morocco 1-1 Croatia