Spain v Morocco Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

June 21, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Kaliningrad Stadium – World Cup Group B

Spain take on Morocco in Kaliningrad on Monday evening in their final match in World Cup Group B. The Spanish need just a point to secure their place in the round of 16 against the already-eliminated North Africans.

Past Meetings

Less than 15 kilometres may separate the two countries but Spain and Morocco have only met twice before, with both meetings coming back in 1961. In a qualifying play-off for the following year’s World Cup, La Roja came out on top, winning 1-0 in North Africa and 3-2 in Madrid.

Team News

Dani Carvajal safely completed 90 minutes for Spain against Iran on his return from injury. With progress still not guaranteed, Fernando Hierro is unlikely to rest players, but Saul Niguez, Koke and Marco Asensio could push for starts. Morocco have no new injury worries but Romain Saiss will be hoping for a recall at the expense of Manuel Da Costa at the heart of the defence. Herve Renard must choose between Khalid Boutaib and Ayoub El Kaabi up front.

Spain v Morocco Preview and Predictions

Spain were unspectacular but effective in their dispatching of Iran in their second World Cup game. La Roja have been conservative in their tactics at this tournament so far and there have certainly been shades of 2010 when the Spanish won four matches 1-0 on their way to lifting the trophy in South Africa. They’re at 1/3 to win on Monday evening, or the draw they need to ensure progression is at 41/10.

Should Morocco lose their final match, they may consider themselves the best team in World Cup history to not pick up a single point. The Atlas Lions conceded a last-minute own goal against Iran before pinning the Portuguese back in Moscow to no avail. Renard’s charges are due a bit of luck and they’ll need it if they’re to beat Spain as their odds are out at 10/1.

Another single-goal Spain win is likely to be popular with punters given the importance of this game for them and Morocco’s poor finishing ability. That’s at 13/2. A safe bet would be to back the Spanish to win and keep a second clean sheet in a row, which can be backed at very generous odds of evens – though they have only kept their opponents out twice in their last seven games.

Recommended Bets

Morocco +2 at 8/11

Morocco will want to give their fans something to cheer before they head home, while Spain would be happy with a 1-0 win.

Under 2.5 goals at 5/4

Spain haven’t shown too much adventurousness in their first two matches. That combined with Morocco’s wastefulness doesn’t bode well for goals.

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