After a hard-fought 1-0 win over Iran in the previous round, 2010 World Champions Spain will look forward to eventually confirm and book their place in the Round of 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as they get set to go head-to-head against the already eliminated Morocco in the final match of Group B.
Despite already being eliminated from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Morocco will try to ending their campaign on a high and also hold the chance of eliminating mighty Spain in the group stage for the second successive year, however, the Mehdi Benatia led side do have a pretty daunting task ahead of themselves.
Spain vs Morocco Injury Update:
Spain’s backup goalkeeper Pepe Reina is apparently doubtful for this game, however, star defender Nacho is expected to make it to the squad after having recovered from a minor injury, but the Real Madrid defender is unlikely to break it into the starting XI ahead of Dani Carvajal. Midfielder Koke will look forward to breaking into the starting XI once again, after being dropped for Spain’s second-round win over Iran in favor of Lucas Vasquez.
Morocco, on the other hand, is likely to rotate their squad for this game, considering the fact that they have been already eliminated from the 2018 WC and will look to exit the competition on a high note. The likes of Sofyan Amrabat, Youssef En-Nesyri, and Mehdi Carcela could all very well earn their first starts of the tournament.
Here are the possible lineups:
Spain and Morocco have faced-off against each other on two different occasions in the past and their first meeting took place back in the year 1962 in a two-legged World Cup Qualification play-off match, with the former coming out on top on both occasions after winning the away match with a scoreline of 1-0 and winning the home encounter with a final score of 3-2.
The biggest threat to the Moroccan defense is obviously going to be Spanish striker Diego Costa who has been on fire in this year’s World Cup, after already bagging two goals in Spain’s 3-3 draw against Portugal and also playing a vital role in Spain’s solitary goal against Iran. In the midfield, the dynamic duo of Iniesta and Isco will cause a lot of trouble to the Moroccan defense and the likes of David Silva and Lucas Vasquez could also prove to be a big threat to the African team.
Moroccan players such as Younes Belhanda and Khalid Boutaib have caused a lot of trouble to Rui Patricio in Morocco’s previous encounter against Portugal and the likes of Ramos and Pique need to make sure that there isn’t any room for errors in the Spanish backline.
Spain Current Form: W, D, W, D, W
Morocco Current Form: D, W, W, L, L
Spain vs Morocco Betting Odds:
Morocco win: +800
Spain win: -294
Spain vs Morocco Live Streaming:
The game is scheduled on Wednesday from 11.30 p.m. IST and will be telecast on Sony network and also in the Sony Liv app.
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