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Bet of the Day: Morocco vs Croatia & Spain vs Costa Rica
Morocco vs Croatia
Over 4.5 cards
Opening Group F we have Morocco facing Croatia in a game both will fancy their chances of getting something and both sides will feel they can get out of this group probably behind Belgium. We expect plenty of competitive games in this group and none more so than the opener which should provide us with plenty of cards.
Both teams average over 10 fouls per game and that’s not what you want when you see Argentine referee - Fernando Rapallini lining up, who averages 6.33 cards per game and has issued 5 or more cards in 70% of his games.
Over 4.5 cards here looks solid value given the magnitude of the game, the fouls each team commit per match and of course the man in the middle.
Spain vs Costa Rica
Over 2.5 goals
Spain meet Costa Rica in their opening match of the 2022 World Cup and as expected they are heavy favourites and rightly so.
Costa Rica will be no mugs but there is just a huge gulf in class and I believe that will shine through eventually.
Spain have been going through a transition period since the all-conquering team of years gone by, but they seem to be really getting things together now with lots of exciting young talent. That has shown recently with them scoring plenty of goals and they average 2 goals scored per game in recent times, against a Costa Rica team you’d expect them to better that average.
Costa Rica have been in solid form themselves but like we’ve mentioned this a completely different animal they’re facing in Spain. That being said they do have some dangerous attacking players and Spain’s defence can definitely be got at here. Goals looks a certainty in this game.
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Key stats & talking points
Croatia are set to get their World Cup campaign underway vs Morocco and will be desperate to get off to a good start.
Croatia have lost their opening match in three of their five appearances at the World Cup, and on those occasions, they failed to get out of the group.
Sergio Busquets heads into the World Cup as Spain’s third-most capped player with 139 appearances. And if he plays four games at this World Cup, he will draw level with Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos as their most-capped player in the competition.
Elsewhere, Belgium have faced Canada once before and won that game. They have not faced each other since 1989.
Thibaut Courtois will start in net for the Red Devils and needs five appearances this winter to draw level as the most-capped Belgium player in World Cup history.