Group F of the 2022 World Cup could be the most open section of all. Although Belgium are the top seeds in this section, there are question marks over the Red Devils and it’s fair to say that Canada, Croatia and Morocco all have a chance of reaching the last sixteen phase of the competition.

Let’s not forget that Croatia reached the final of the 2018 World Cup four years ago in Russia. While they might not be the force of old, the evergreen Luka Modric continues to exert an influence over the team, with the team finishing top of a qualifying section that also included Russia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

The Blazers won seven and drew two of their ten matches played, with an amazing defensive record seeing them concede just four goals and they’ll certainly be looking to have that defensive stability when it comes to the big stage. Domagoj Vida and Dejan Lovren might also be getting long in the tooth but they are hardened warriors.

The team spirit that Croatia demonstrated at Euro 2020 was something special and they pushed Spain really close when rousing themselves for a comeback to draw 3-3 against La Roja before losing in extra-time. We should expect them to be betting favourites against a Morocco side who might enjoy the conditions more.

The Atlas Lions made their way through a tough African qualifying section and claimed a 1-1 draw away to DR Congo before a big 4-1 victory over the same team in Casablanca. This is their second consecutive appearance at a World Cup after a big absence which saw them miss out on four tournaments in a row.

Noussair Mazraoui and Hakim Ziyech are currently unavailable for selection and manager Vahid Halilhodžić might try to bring the pair into the fold for the big stage, although recent results have been impressive enough and they got to the quarter final stage of AFCON before losing to Egypt after extra-time.

It’s going to be a cagey encounter and if you’re looking to back Croatia to win this game, we would err on the side of caution, going for a prediction of 1-0 and 2-0 as they look to professionally manage the clash.

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