Morocco and Spain will meet in the Education City Stadium on Tuesday on the final day of the round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Morocco came through Group F as group winners, as the Atlas Lions topped a difficult set of teams that included Croatia, Belgium, and Canada.
Spain finished second in Group E after losing to Japan 2-1 on the final day of the group stage. La Roja raised eyebrows with a 7-0 win against Costa Rica to kick off the tournament. A 1-1 draw against Germany followed before the matchday No 3 defeat to Japan. Spain’s draw and loss during the group stage saw them concede a one-goal lead.
Morocco and Spain played three times previously with the initial game being played in 1961. Spain have a record of two wins and a draw in their three meetings with Morocco. The teams have not played a competitive match since 2018 at the FIFA World Cup in Russia. The game ended 2-2.
Morocco are heavy underdog going into the game on Tuesday. Spain were shocked by Japan in the group stage. Could Morocco shock La Roja as well?
Sportsbooks’ best betting odds on Morocco winning at full-time are 6/1. Spain are at odds of 4/7 to win, while a draw is at the best betting odds of 11/4. Let’s explore some ideas for a bet builder for the World Cup fixture.
Morocco vs Spain Bet Builder
We have compiled a five selection Morocco vs Spain bet builder that is worth 7/1 with the bookies at the time of writing. If you stake just £10 on this bet builder, then you could profit £70 if all our selections occur during Tuesday's World Cup 2022 round of 16 fixture between Morocco and Spain.
Full-time result: Spain to win
As of the time of writing, the round of 16 has not given us a shock result. Surely, by the time Morocco and Spain kick-off, there will have been a shock result in the last 16 of the World Cup.
Morocco went into the World Cup in fine form unbeaten in five straight games. However, the quality of competition wasn’t the strongest for the Atlas Lions.
A nil-nil draw versus Croatia was followed by an epic 2-0 win against Belgium. Morocco’s goals came in the final 17 minutes against one of the biggest disappointments in the World Cup.
Spain lost a goal lead in both games against Germany and Japan. Morocco are a strong team, but Spain should go up a notch on Tuesday in the round of 16. The winner of the match will face off with either Portugal or Switzerland in the quarterfinals.
Spain are unbeaten in 10 of 12 games in 2022. Our betting tips prediction is for Spain to win at full-time and progress to the next round of the World Cup.
Both teams to score in the first half: NO
Matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup have been low scoring for the most part. The World Cup saw 58% of its opening 50 games end with under 2.5 goals scored.
The World Cup had 44 of its opening 50 matches in the group stage and the round of 16 finish with both teams not scoring in the first half. The tournament’s opening 50 matches saw 88% of games go into halftime with NO BTTS.
All three of Spain’s matches in the group stage went into halftime with both teams not scoring goals. Morocco had two of their three games go into the halftime break with both teams not scoring goals.
Our betting tips prediction is for NO BTTS in the first half between Morocco and Spain.
Total goals: Under 3.5 goals
Morocco’s games in the World Cup have been low scoring with all three group-stage games ending with under 3.5 goals scored. Morocco are built on strong defence and will work hard to stop Spain from having clear-cut chances to score.
Spain had two games in the group stage end with under 3.5 goals. Their 7-0 win against Costa Rica in the group stage was an anomaly and the victory came against one of the tournament’s weakest sides.
Spain averaged 76.9% possession per game in the group stage. La Roja will try to starve Morocco of the ball. Morocco only tallied a possession rate of 36.5% in the group stage.
Morocco’s inability to get the ball will force them to back off into their final third to defend. Spain’s attack should be repelled by Morocco. Our betting tips prediction is for under 3.5 goals to be scored. Nine of Spain’s 12 games in 2022 ended with under 3.5 goals. Fourteen of Morocco’s 16 matches in 2022 finished with under 3.5 goals.
Half with most goals: Second half
The first half could be short on goals with the second period exploding to life. One of Morocco’s three games in the group stage finished with the most goals scored in the second half. All three of Spain’s group games saw the majority of goals scored in the second half of the game.
The World Cup tournament had an average of 2.54 goals per game after the opening 50 matches. The tournament saw 52% of fixtures go into halftime as draws.
However, only 20% of games ended at full-time as draws. Teams have found the winning goal in the second half of games, as matches became livelier.
Our betting tips prediction is for the second half to have the majority of goals scored on Tuesday when Morocco and Spain play.
Alvaro Morata to score anytime
Alvaro Morata was Spain’s best-attacking player in the group stage. The Atletico Madrid striker scored in all three group-stage games and is the top goalscorer co-leader. Morata was brilliant in the group stage, although he hasn’t played as much as he could have played.
Manager Luis Enrique didn’t start Morata against Costa Rica, nor did he leave him on to finish the game versus Japan. Morata’s exit from the match against Japan took away Spain’s best forward.
Morata has 30 goals in 60 appearances for the Spanish national team. The striker has played just three times in the World Cup finals and scored in each of them. He averages a goal every 42 minutes in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.