World Cup Match 36: Spain v Morocco

The penultimate match for the day and Group B before the knockout stage will see Spain taking on Morocco at the Kaliningrad Stadium.


What’s their current form?
Spain got off to a high scoring start as they were held to a 3 all draw with Portugal. They then had a surprisingly hard fought win against Iran 1-0.

Morocco are the only team in the group without a win, thus have already been eliminated. They lost 1-0 to Iran after a Morocco own goal 5 minutes into extra time. The following game saw them concede a Ronaldo goal after just 4 minutes, but Morocco managed to keep them scoreless for the rest of the match.

Spain: de Gea; Odriozola, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Alcantara, Busquets; Silva, Isco, Iniesta; Costa.
Morocco: Bounou; Hakimi, Benatia, Saiss, Mendyl; El-Ahmadi, Boussoufa; Amrabat, Belhanda, Ziyech; Boutaib.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Spain have now been undefeated in their last 22 games.

What should I be betting on?
Spain to win and to score a few goals.

Wolf’s Prediction

The Wolf made Spain his best bet of the tournament and is more than happy from what he has seen. They have dominated possession in both of their matches and created an abundance of goal scoring opportunities. Diego Costa has been on song while the trio of Isco, David Silva and Iniesta have been brilliant. They will cut through the Moroccan defence when their short passing and be extremely tough to break down at the back. When they win, they almost always do so by also maintaining a clean sheet. It has been the case in 9 of their last 11 victories at the World Cup and The Wolf cannot see Morocco making any impression. If they cannot score when they have 60% of the ball, they certainly won’t be opening their account when Spain starve them of possession. Morocco’s World Cup campaign will end with zero points and not a single goal scored.

Recommended Bets

Best: HT/FT – Spain/Spain ($1.91)
Other: Win Both Halves – Spain ($3.10)
Value: First Half Goals – Spain 3+ ($11.00)


TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 8pm (local time) on June 25. In Australia, kick-off will be at 3am on June 26th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Spain’s Dani Carvajal is still being sidelined by his hamstring injury.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? 2 games have been played between these two sides, both of which have been won by Spain. Both games were in the 1961 World Cup, Spain winning the first games 1-0 and then the second 3-2.