Luka Modric won’t be able to win the World Cup before retiring, but he could lead Croatia to finish on the World Cup podium for the second straight edition. On the other hand, Morocco is one victory away from becoming the first African team to finish in the top three of soccer’s grandest stage.
Let’s check the latest World Cup odds, stats, injury reports, and World Cup lines for Croatia vs Morocco. We’ve plenty of World Cup betting odds for you to consider.
Morocco by 1 (+400)
Prior to losing 2-0 to France in the Semifinals, Morocco’s defense was playing at another level. From the first Group Stage match to the Round of 8, they only conceded one goal, which was an own goal in the 2-1 victory over Canada. Their other four matches were against Croatia, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal.
The Atlas Lions’ games are usually very close, and this won’t be the exception; that’s why my prediction is Morocco winning by one, just like they did against Canada and Portugal. I think finishing third would be a bigger deal for them than for Croatia. Plus, they own a much younger and faster squad.
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Both Teams to Score in the Match (-150)
We’re talking about the third-place match, a game in which pressure is no longer a factor. That usually translates into goals. Both teams scored in seven of the last 10 third-place games and there has never been a third-place match that ends with a goalless draw. Croatia won the third-place match in the 1998 edition by defeating the Netherlands 2-1.
These two have already met in the Group Stage and drew 0-0, but again, that was the first game of the tournament for both, meaning the stakes were much higher. Plus, Morocco scored in three of its last five games, the same as Croatia.
Croatia Total Cards Over 1½ (+200)
Again, pressure is no longer a factor. Plus, there’s no tomorrow for either of the two teams, meaning players no longer have to be careful about getting booked. That being said, I expect Croatia to finish with more than 1½ cards, just like it happened in four of the Blazers’ previous six games, including the last three in a row. There’s also the fact that Morocco’s strikers are basically speedsters, meaning it’s going to be a long night for Croatia’s defensive unit. Wagering $100 on the over 1½ cards could make you win $300 in total, which would be a nice way to put an end to all the soccer betting action around the 2022 World Cup.