Belgium vs Morocco prediction, odds, betting tips and best bets for World Cup 2022 Group F
Belgium and Morocco meet in a fascinating Group F matchup that will shape the standings moving forward, with both teams eyeing a knockout-stage spot.
The Red Devils managed to escape their opener against Canada with all three points, somehow not conceding under constant threat from their North American opponents. They now have an inside track towards the group lead but will still need to fend off all behind them.
Morocco managed a point against 2018 runners-up Croatia in their opener, locking down Luka Modric and company to keep them out of the net. Yet the African side provided almost no attacking threat in the other direction, with star full-back Achraf Hakimi unable to push forward and winger Hakim Ziyech contributing very little himself.
Both sides will not only want to gain points but prove they are worthy of a Round of 16 place amidst a group full of contenders.
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Belgium are thought to be the frontrunner to escape with three points against Morocco, but at even-money to win, they're not overwhelming favorites. Belgium's disjointed but effective attack earned three points against Canada, but it will be interesting to see how that matches up against a Morocco side that values shape and organization over a swarming attacking threat.
Interestingly, sports books seem unable to determine whether this game will feature goals or not. The opening matches featuring these two teams produced a combined total of just one goal, but the two sides are full of players who can pull the attacking strings in the right environment.
Odds via BetMGM (USA), Sports Interaction (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and LadBrokes (Australia).
|Both teamsto score Y / N||-120 / -120||1.79 / 1.82||4/5, 10/11||20/23, 17/20|
|Over / Under2.5 goals||+100 / -140||2.02 / 1.74||1/1, 8/11||21/20, 7/10|
According to Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez, striker Romelu Lukaku is recovering well from his injury and is "ahead of schedule" but will miss this match. The only other injury worry for the Red Devils is winger Alexis Saelemakers who is not on the roster due to a knee problem. Thomas Meunier is available wearing a mask to protect his broken cheekbone.
For Morocco, Noussair Mazraoui will likely miss this match but should recover in time to play a part in the group-stage finale after being stretchered off in the opener. Youssef En-Nesyri played 80 minutes against Croatia, signalling that he is fully fit, while Amine Harit and Ez Abde are both not at the tournament due to injuries.
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- Belgium have won eight consecutive group-stage matches at the FIFA World Cup. No team in the competition's history has ever won nine in a row.
- No African team has beaten Belgium at the World Cup in four previous attempts.
- This will be the fourth meeting between Morocco and Belgium, with the European side winning two and losing one. Belgium came away with a 1-0 victory in their only World Cup meeting back in 1994.
- Date: Sunday, November 27
- Kickoff Time: 8:00 am ET / 1:00 pm GMT / 12:00 am AEDT (Mon, Nov. 28)
- Location: Al Thumama Stadium
- Official: Cesar Arturo Ramos (Mexico)
- Moneyline lean: Draw (+230)
- Against the spread lean: Morocco +0.5 (-125)
- Score prediction: Belgium 1-1 Morocco
While there should be a few goals in this game, both sides will be happy to finish level. Belgium would be pleased with a four-point haul through the opening two games, knowing they'll have an inside track towards a knockout-stage spot heading into the final match against Croatia.
For Morocco, having drawn in the first game, a point would be satisfactory here as well, knowing that a win against Canada would see them through.
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While these two times put forth round-one performances that left much to be desired, they are still both in play for knockout-stage qualification.Belgium vs Morocco best bet
- Pick: Both teams to score
- Odds: -120 (BetMGM)
Neither of these sides produced an impressive attacking display in their opener. Belgium were battered up and down the field by Canada, while Morocco were extremely cautious against Croatia. Morocco especially were putrid, as stars Hakimi and Ziyech provided very little threat.
Yet this match could provide a possible breeding ground for goals. Morocco will know that just a point will do, but with the type of open game Belgium like to play, there will be opportunities for players like Hakimi and Ziyech to get forward and take space in behind the Belgium defense.Belgium vs Morocco prop bet
- Pick: Half with most goals — 1H
- Odds: +220 (BetMGM)
While there will likely be goals in this game, they'll come early in the match to set the tone. Both these teams will be happy with a draw, and should it get to halftime level, neither side will have any impetus to go forward after the break.
Meanwhile, if one team gets to the break with a lead, they will do everything they can to protect it, knowing that even should they concede, a draw is an acceptable result. The second half will be far cagier than the first.