Morocco faces Croatia at the Al Bayt Stadium in the first round of the World Cup, in group F. Both teams are in excellent form, returning from 5 wins and a draw in the last 6 games played, and Dalic’s formation is one of the two favorites, together with Belgium, to win the group. The Croatians only surrendered in the final of the last World Championship in Russia in 2018, against Mbappé’s France. In addition, they can rely on the skill and experience of a fantastic midfield led by Modric (154 national team appearances) and featuring Brozovic and Kovacic. Also, keep an eye on Vlasic, called up by the coach after an amazing first part of the season with Torino. Dalic struggled more than expected in qualifying for Qatar, giving it his all in the last 90 minutes against Russia. Rebic was not called up for criticism after the round of 16 of the last European Championships, despite Croatia’s lack of offensive experience.
Morocco is an outsider who can surprise, but it will only be understood along the way if they have the maturity to compete with the big names, Belgium and Croatia, for supremacy in the group. Coach Regragui can count on a few top-level names such as Hakimi, from PSG, but also t Amrabat and Sabiri. Bari center forward Cheddira, Serie B’s top scorer, was also awarded the call-up and is determined to confirm his place in Qatar. The star of Morocco is Ziyech of Chelsea, the player with the most experience at international level.
Morocco is looking to add another victory to their collection after defeating Georgia 3-0 in an international friendly match.
The last six matches that Morocco has participated in have resulted in a total of 10 goals for them to score. When compared to the goals scored by other teams in those games, their defense has let in a total of 5 goals.
In their most recent match, Croatia defeated Saudi Arabia 0-1 in an international friendly, thus they will enter this one riding high on the energy of that victory.
The Croatian defense has put together a string of strong performances, which has led to a reduction in the number of goals conceded by their team from the previous six matches, which now stands at three. During that span of time, they have been responsible for 9 of the team’s own goals.
Injured and suspended
Morocco: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Croatia: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Morocco vs Croatia Predicted XI
Morocco Predicted XI: Bounou, Mazraoui, Saiss, Aguerd, Hakimi, Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah, Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal.
Croatia Predicted XI: Livakovic, Juranovic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Sosa, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Pasalic, Kramaric, Perisic.
Our analysis suggests that Morocco will have to put in a lot of effort if they hope to defeat Croatia, who are favorites to win and very likely will not allow them to score.
As a result, our prediction is for a match that will feature a lot of back-and-forth action, and the final score will read Croatia 1-0 up.
Germany faces Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium in the first roun d of the World Cup, group E. The Germans are among the favorites for the final victory, but first they have to think about conquering the primacy in Group E, and it won’t be easy against Spain. Germany has returned from the great disappointment of elimination from the group stage in the last World Cup, but from Loew to the new coach, Flick (the former Bayern Munich coach), the team has renewed and revolutionized around the new Bayern Munich block (Neuer, Kimmich, Goretzka, Gnabry, Sané, Müller, and Musiala). Qualification came without running the slightest risk, even if in the last three games approaching Qatar there was an empty pass against Hungary and a 3-3 draw against England; in the last match, Germany won 1-0 against Oman. The absences of Werner and Reus are felt heavily, while Gotze, who has been out of the national team for some time, is eager to return as the protagonist.
Japan may surprise, but it will hardly be able to get the better of two football super powers like Germany and Spain for the next round. Japan has never advanced past the round of 16 in a week of consecutive participation. Coach Moriyasu relies on the experience of a squad that mostly plays in Europe and a defense that is becoming a determining factor. It will be the fourth World Cup for Nagatomo, the most experienced champion, while the stars are former Liverpool player Minamino, Kamada (Eintracht), and Doan (Fribourg).
Germany will be looking to add another victory to their collection after winning the International Friendly match against Oman by a score of 0-1 in their favor.
In recent years, there have been few instances in which Germany has demonstrated its defensive prowess. The fact of the matter is that Germany have been unable to keep their opponents from scoring in 5 of their most recent 6 matches, allowing a total of 8 goals to be scored against them in that span of time.
After suffering a defeat in their previous match in the International Friendships competition against Canada, both the Japanese team and their fans who traveled there will be hoping for a different outcome in this one.
Japan’s most recent six matches have resulted in a total of 10 goals scored, giving them a goals-scored-per-game average of 1.67. These 10 goals were scored across Japan’s last six matches.
Injured and suspended
Germany: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Japan: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Germany vs Japan Predicted XI
Germany Predicted XI: Neuer, Kehrer, Süle, Rüdiger, Raum, Goretzka, Kimmich, Gnabry, Musiala, Sane, Havertz.
Japan Predicted XI: Gonda, Yamane, Tomiyasu, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Endo, Morita, Ito, Kamada, Minamino, Maeda.
In this game, Germany will almost certainly take advantage of a significant number of chances to score goals.
On the opposite side of the field, Japan will have a difficult time finding the back of the net; however, we do believe that it is likely that they will also be scoring goals.
So, we can probably expect that Germany will win with a score of 2-1 after the first ninety minutes.
Spain faces Costa Rica at the Al-Thumama Stadium in the first round of the World Cup, in group E. Luis Enrique’s team is among the contenders for the title, sharing the field with another overwhelming favorite, Germany. The Spanish re-foundation restarts with the new generation of Pedri and Gavi, leaving behind the great champions who have made the history of the national team, such as Ramos and De Gea. A calculated risk by Luis Enrique, who takes Barcelona as a reference model and can count on a squad of endless depth and qualities. Perhaps the only weak point is the attack; there is no real penalty area striker, but it is certainly among the most complete and high-level teams in Qatar. Morata trained separately after missing the friendly against Jordan, but ahead there is no shortage of choices between Ferran Torres, Sarabia, Dani Olmo, Nico Williams, Yeremy Pino, and the young Ansu Fati. Spain has an open streak of two consecutive victories, while Costa Rica will try to push their way through a group that is far from easy.
With a lineup similar to that of the 2014 quarterfinals. Navas is the most experienced star, but also watch out for Duarte, Oviedo, Tejeda, Borges, and Bryan Ruiz. And some young players (Aguilera and Bennette) are ready to amaze. A mix of experienced champions and young hopefuls to try to put the favorites, Germany and Spain, under pressure: Costa Rica has won two of their last two games and hopes to surprise in their debut.
When Spain plays Jordan in an international friendly, they will be hoping for a result similar to the 1-3 victory they had in the previous match.
The Spanish national team has scored at least one goal in each of their last six games. This shows that they are in great scoring shape.
During that time frame, they have racked up a total of 10 goals for themselves, while they have only allowed 5 goals to be scored against them.
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The most recent game that Costa Rica played was a victory in an international friendly over Nigeria, which they won 2-0. They come into this matchup riding that momentum.
Costa Rica has scored 11 goals in their previous six matches. They have won all of those matches. Additionally, Costa Rica has not gone a single one of those games without scoring at least once. During that span of time, their defenders have been on the receiving end of four goals scored against them.
Injured and suspended
Spain: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Costa Rica: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Spain vs Costa Rica Predicted XI
Spain Predicted XI: Simón, Carvajal, García, Torres, Alba, Pedri, Busquets, Gavi, Sarabia, Morata, Torres.
Costa Rica Predicted XI: Navas, Fuller, Calvo, Duarte, Oviedo, Tejeda, Borges, Contreras, Ruiz, Bennette, Campbell.
In this game, Spain will almost certainly take advantage of a significant number of chances to score goals.
On the opposite side of the field, Costa Rica will have a difficult time finding the back of the net; however, we do believe that it is likely that they will also be scoring goals.
So, we can probably expect that Spain will win with a score of 2-1 after the first ninety minutes.
Belgium faces Canada at the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium in the first round of the World Cup, in group F. The team of Roberto Martinez is the favorite, but it has lost its last two games in Qatar to the Netherlands and Egypt. Group F was baptized with the primacy duel between Belgium and Croatia, but beware of Morocco, which can surprise, while Canada does not seem to be able to compete with the competition. Belgium, a semifinalist in Russia 2018, is waiting for Lukaku outside for the first two games and hopes to see him again in the third. But there’s De Bruyne, ready to drag him like he did City, and Hazard, looking for redemption, most likely at his final major international tournament. Untouchable courtois between the posts—a lineup with the experience and talent to make Croatia work hard for the group win.
Canada returns to play in the World Cup after 36 years. Coach Herdman’s squad is young and has little international experience, but it can count on the star Alphonso Davies, as well as the lesser-known Cyle Laryn and Jonathan David. Canada is coming off a 2-1 win over Japan in their last game before Qatar; there has been no recent precedent between the two teams with opposing goals. Canada is ready to impress as an outsider, while Belgium will have to keep pace with Croatia and erase the last two missteps before the start of international competition.
After suffering a loss in their most recent International Friendlies match against Egypt by a score of 1-2, Belgium will be looking to improve on that performance here.
In recent years, there have been far too few instances in which Belgium has demonstrated defensive tenacity. In fact, Belgium has failed to keep their opponents from scoring in 5 of their most recent 6 matches, resulting in a total of 6 goals conceded to their opponents.
The most recent match that Canada competed in was an international friendly against Japan, and they came out on top by a score of 1-2.
A total of ten of Canada’s shots on goal have been successful throughout the course of their most recent six matches, giving them an average of 1.67 goals scored per contest.
Injured and suspended
Belgium: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Canada: clean bill of health and no suspension concerns
Belgium vs Canada Predicted XI
Belgium Predicted XI: Courtois, Debast, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Castagne, Tielemans, Witsel, Ferreira-Carrasco, De Bruyne, Hazard, Batshuayi.
Canada Predicted XI: Borjan, Johnston, Miller, Vitoria, Buchanan, Eustáquio, Hutchinson, Adekugbe, Hoilett, Davies, David.
We have the impression that Belgium will have a good chance to score a couple of goals in this match when they take on Canada, who may have trouble scoring themselves.
As a result, when the final whistle blows, we expect Belgium to have won the match by a score of 3-0 in a manner that is relatively comfortable for them.