The Round of 16 is here, and surprise package Morocco will clash with Spain to see who advances to the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Here are the best ways to bet Morocco vs. Spain with the money line, spread, and over/under totals.
Morocco vs Spain Betting Lines
With the golden generation of Belgium underperforming here, and 2018 finalists Croatia struggling to find a consistent attacking spark, Morocco were the surprising winner in Group F (seven-of-nine points). Now, their reward is a match with Spain in the next round.
Riding the wave of an eight-game unbeaten run across all of the competitions (having conceded just two goals), Regragui’s troops are out to become the first Morocco side ever to reach the quarters. There’s also a chance to match continental history, as their four-game unbeaten run at the Cup is second only to the five of Cameroon (between ‘82 and ‘90) of all African nations.
Morocco have plenty of quality in their squad, with two pacey fullbacks on top of their games, and two creative wingers ahead of them, along with a prolific centre-forward as well, With Hakim Ziyech in form, betting on the Chelsea winger to break the deadlock (perhaps off a set piece), could well pay some dividends.
Yassine Bounou, feeling unwell just before the win over Belgium (then withdrew at the last second), returned to complete the full 90 minutes against Canada. Wagering on Morocco is intriguing. We can’t trust them to include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
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Spain took an interesting route to get to the knockout round. First, they destroyed Costa Rica, 7-0. Then, a 1-1 draw against Germany. They fell, 2-1, to Japan in the final match of the groups. It leaves many questions about which Spanish squad will compete. It is worth noting they rested many of their stars against Japan because they probably wanted to avoid Croatia in this round.
Spain have played in the Round of 16 seven times at the Cup, winning in 2010. They fell to Russia in this round four years ago, advancing past this round four times in seven appearances.
Spain have an excellent record against Morocco, 2-1-0 in the three matches between the sides. They are set to face an African side in the knockout round of a FIFA World Cup for the first time ever, unbeaten in five group games against teams representing that continent.
With a young squad at their disposal, and an excellent pool of skilled players to tap into ahead of this match. Hence, The Iberian giants are genuine contenders to win at but will need their young guns to contribute. If you’re betting online, back them here.
Morocco vs Spain Match Information
- Game: Morocco vs Spain
- Day/Time: Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 10:00 a.m. ET
- Location: Education City Stadium (Al Rayyan)
- Morocco vs Spain Live Stream: fubo.tv
Morocco vs Spain Picks & Prediction
- Worth the Moneyline?
Spain enter this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -170 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds. Morocco are priced at +550. Morocco are set to test their strength against a Spanish side that’s scored more goals (seven against Costa Rica) than any country in a single match at the ‘22 Cup, Morocco may look to take the game into extra time here, raising the pressure on the heavy favorites. However, Spain should be able to win in regulation.
- Worth the ATS?
The Atlas Lions have proven themselves effective, especially in management of the match. Against Croatia, Regragui had his side drop deep, then frustrate their opposition. It’s a tactic that could well be employed to Spain’s detriment Tuesday. They will definitely park the bus, and try to hit on the break, but Spain should be able to score fast, covering the -1 spread at +105
- Worth the Totals?
Goal line is set at two, over is priced at -145. This is a given. expect a high-scoring affair with at least three goals on the scoresheet. We can’t see Spain failing to score in this game, but we also expect Morocco to find the net. They’ve been great so far, and they have a lot of offensive potential in their team.
Score Prediction: Morocco 1, Spain 3
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.