Spain is favored on reputation and squad. This Moroccan side appears to be the real thing and figures to make things tough on the Spaniards. Visit our sportsbook to get the best World Cup markets and bonuses.
Over 2½ and Both Teams To Score – Yes (+200)
This will be the second World Cup meeting between Morocco and Spain, that after a 2-2 draw in the 2018 group phase. That clash saw Morocco twice take the lead, Spain needing a last-minute Iago Aspas equalizer. That has to give Morocco some confidence heading into Tuesday.
Morocco has an excellent plan for defense. Spain will be a tough side to shut down, however, given they’ve scored in 24 consecutive matches. The Moroccan offense of late should see them keep pace, at least, in the match.
Enrique’s team was the joint-highest scorer in the group (nine goals, alongside England). Spain is strongly fancied to have too much in this game, despite the North African side enjoying a better return of points in the group round.
Goals should be on the cards in this game, with two excellent attacking outfits in action, so opposing a clean sheet makes some sense.
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Spain Wins and Both Teams To Score – Yes (+330)
The North Africans have been one of the surprise packages in Qatar, with Walid Regragui’s team reaching its first Round of 16 since 1986. Spain lost to Japan, though the Spaniards probably wanted that turn of events since they avoid Croatia in this round after finishing second.
However, Morocco proved their quality by getting out of the group ahead of Belgium. Spain won’t have an easy job against probably the best African team in this tournament. Morocco has scored two-plus goals in all four of their victories at the World Cup, exactly twice in three of their last four World Cup games.
Spain has scored first in 13 of their last 16 matches at the Cup, including all three group matches in this tourney. We have seen at least three goals in six of Spain’s last 10 World Cup fixtures, the last meeting between Morocco and Spain ending 2-2 in 2018.
If Enrique’s side hit top gear, their status as favorites will prevail. Expect them to win, but not without conceding a goal(s). This has great value at +330 in our soccer picks and parlays.
Alvaro Morata Anytime Goalscorer (+150)
There are a couple of good goalscorer options in this one. Given that Alvaro Morata has scored in all three games so far (playing only 126 minutes), expect him to find the back of the net Tuesday. Morata has opened the scoring in each of Spain’s last two matches, with only Fernando Hierro and David Villa scoring the Spanish opener in more matches at the FIFA World Cup.
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