The runners-up from the World Cup four years ago will open their account for the tournament in Qatar in the early game on Wednesday. Croatia will be looking to go a step further in the competition this year, but they face a pretty difficult test in their opening fixture against Morocco.
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Croatia came close to landing a first World Cup success four years ago, and much of the squad will once again be representing the nation in Qatar this year. While they will be one of the oldest teams at the World Cup, there is little doubt that when the lights shine the brightest, Croatia are always able to raise their game to new heights.
Croatia should come into this fixture extremely confident, as they were excellent throughout their Nations League campaign this year. In six fixtures, they suffered just one defeat. During their campaign, they registered wins against France and Denmark away from home, and they have claimed victories in each of their previous five international fixtures.
However, Morocco could pose a decent threat against Croatia in this opening day fixture in Group F. The African nation will be playing in the World Cup for the sixth time, with their best showing coming in 1986, as they reached the round of 16. However, they have won just one fixture at the World Cup in their previous three appearances.
Their recent form this year has been very strong, as they have picked up victories in four of their previous four international fixtures. They come into the tournament this year after having recorded a 3-0 win in their final warm-up match against Georgia.
Morocco vs Croatia Head to Head
Morocco and Croatia have never previously faced off at the World Cup. Meanwhile, they have only met on one previous occasion. That fixture came in 1996, with the sides playing out a 2-2 draw. There were three red cards in that fixture, with Croatia eventually claiming victory on penalties.
Morocco vs Croatia Prediction
Croatia has an excellent record in major tournament, and they have a perfect record against nations from Africa, having beaten sides from the continent in each of the previous two editions. We could see that run being maintained on Wednesday, as we could see Croatia landing a 2-0 win.
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