Morocco vs. Croatia Betting Tips: Back Brozovic to be carded In World Cup Group E opener
Day 4 gets underway in Qatar with Morocco taking on Croatia at 10am. Here at BettingOdds.com, we’ve previewed the game and provided you with two tips that we like the look of.
Morocco vs Croatia Odds
Morocco have previously qualified for the World Cup on five occasions, but have only made it beyond the Group Stages once, which came back in 1986. The Atlas Lions are 2/1 to make it out of Group F, which includes Croatia, Belgium and Canada, and will be heavily reliant on their star man Hakim Ziyech to produce some moments of quality in Qatar.
Many of the 2018 Croatia squad that made it to the World Cup final are no longer with this current side, although it’s been a positive year for Zlatko Dalic’s side who topped a Nations League group that included both Denmark and France.
Croatia can be backed at 75/1 with Unibet to go all the way and lift the trophy in Qatar, while 21/20 is available with bet365 for them to start their campaign with a win over Morocco.
Morocco vs Croatia Tips
The first of our two bets on Wednesday can be made via the Bet Builder feature with Betfair or Paddy Power as we look for Hakim Ziyech to have 2+ shots along with 1+ shot on target. This comes out at just above 7/5 with the same double at only 6/5 with bet365.
It’s been a frustrating year or so for Hakim Ziyech at club level but he will carry the baton for his side in Qatar, and once again showed the quality that he possesses last week when scoring an outrageous goal from his own half in a friendly against Georgia.
In the Champions League this season Ziyech has managed 8 shots, with 4 of those on target, in just 58 minutes of football. The 29-year-old is one of the biggest attacking threats for Morocco and we think this one looks a tad overpriced.
Our second selection comes from the ‘to be carded’ market where we are following Croatia’s Marcelo Brozovic. At the time of writing 7/2 is the best price on show with bet365, although as more firms open their markets it could be worth having a shop around a little closer to kick-off.
Croatia will know the importance of getting their group campaign off to a strong start with games against Belgium and Canada to come.
Their midfield three of Modric, Brozovic and Kovacic could well be the reason that Croatia edge this game and looking at Brozovic’s disciplinary record this season, he has been shown a yellow card in five of his seven Serie A starts. With this in mind and the importance of this fixture, 7/2 looks a fair price for Brozovic to find his way into the book.