FIFA World Cup 2022 Group F Match 42 Canada vs Morocco Match Details and Prediction

Dec 1, 2022

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There are many permutations surrounding the final matchday in Group F, which remains incredibly tight and tough to call.

However, things can be relatively simple for Morocco – win or draw and they progress regardless of what happens in the other match in the group.

If they lose though, then things do become very complicated, as they would then need either Croatia to lose by at least two goals more than they do, or for Belgium to lose to progress.

If Morocco were to lose by four goals or more, then a draw in the other group match would knock them out too.

Either way, Morocco just needs to get the job done themselves but would be incredibly unfortunate not to go through having already taken points off both sides vying for a last-16 spot with them.

However, based on their performances so far, that will be no problem for the Atlas Lions, as they comfortably shut out both Croatia and Belgium with little fuss.

While the 0-0 with the Vatreni was a drab affair, they showcased their attacking capabilities against Belgium, with Zakaria Aboukhlal scoring a fabulous late-clinching goal to seal a 2-0 win.

Walid Regragui’s side has arguably been the best surprise package of the tournament so far given the caliber of opponents they have taken points off.

They will be unfortunate to be paired up in the last 16 with a side from Group E should they progress, with the likelihood of it being Spain or Germany, so even if they are to win the group, they will still meet a very stern test.

Canada has also been impressive and easy on the eye, creating many chances with pace out wide and presence up front, but unfortunately for them, their journey is already over.

Being very naive at the back and in their structure saw them picked apart ruthlessly by a talented Croatia side in a 4-1 defeat on Sunday.

If it were not for some smart saves from goalkeeper Milan Borjan, it may have been six or seven to Zlatko Dalic’s side too.

They at least have a World Cup finals goal to their name though, as at the fifth attempt they finally broke their duck, and it was the man who agonizingly missed a penalty against Belgium in their opening fixture who got it, Alphonso Davies.

They will be able to reminisce about that moment and the fact that they led the 2018 finalists for over 30 minutes, as they now turn their attention to 2026.

They should have got a result against a lackluster Belgian side, having missed a penalty and squandered numerous more openings but could not take them, becoming just the second side after hosts Qatar to exit the competition.

They will hope not to finish the tournament on zero points again as they did in 1986, but there is no doubt that there are good foundations in place and a solid youthful squad available to take forward to the next World Cup, which they will co-host.

This year, the Maple Leafs were just unfortunate to be drawn against the second and third-placed sides from 2018, and possibly Africa’s strongest nation at these finals.

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Canadian boss John Herdman has the choice of either going all out for some points in what is essentially a dead game for them, or whether to allow some fringe players to feature.

Ismael Kone has featured as a substitute twice and could come in for 39-year-old Atiba Hutchinson, who may struggle to start in a third game this week.

Cyle Larin did not make much of an impact from the start in place of Junior Hoilett against Croatia, so the latter may come back in with Davies moving further forward alongside Jonathan David.

Moroccan keeper Yassine Bounou was a very late casualty before their tie with Belgium, as he was replaced by Munir Mohamedi following the playing of the national anthems after feeling unwell.

Noussair Mazraoui passed a late fitness test to start at full-back despite going off injured against Croatia in their group opener.

Regragui named an entirely unchanged side initially until the late change in goal, and he will likely stick with the same 10 outfield players again from the start here.

Canada’s possible starting lineup:

St. Clair; Johnston, Steven Vitoria, Miller, Adekugbe; Buchanan, Kone, Eustaquio, Hoilett; Davies, David

Morocco’s possible starting lineup:

Bounou; Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui; Amrabat, Ounahi, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal

The first team to score prediction: Morocco

First Canada vs Morocco prediction is the Atlas Lions to score first at odds 2.40. Morocco staged a sterling performance against Belgium to win the duel 2-0. It was one of the best performances of the Atlas Lions in recent years. We expect an even more motivated squad in this last group stage from the Moroccans against Canada who now stands eliminated from the tournament regardless of the outcome of this clash.

Morocco had previously defeated Canada, albeit in a friendly clash. Morocco has had more presence in the World Cup than Canada, so with the experience against a team returning to the tournament for the first time in 36 years, bet on the Atlas Lions to score first.

Total goals prediction: Under 2.5 goals

Our second Canada vs Morocco prediction is under 2.5 goals. This won’t be an easy game. Canada’s presence in the 2022 World Cup follows a history of hard work to get back to the highest level of world football. However, things have gone downhill for the Canadians despite their fairly good performances in pre-World Cup matches. We don’t expect the Canadians to give up easily so bet on the match to end with few goals.

Correct score prediction: 2-0 to Morocco

Our third prediction for this game is a 2-0 win for Morocco in this World Cup clash with Canada. The Atlas Lions showed top quality in their clash with Belgium and the good performance earned them a sweet victory. On the other hand, Canada has looked less inspiring and we think they will struggle to win this game. Bet on a 2-0 victory for the Atlas Lions.

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