La Roja faces the North African team and Luis Enrique’s men should have enough quality to ensure their place in the quarterfinals
Morocco and Spain will meet in the round of 16 and the group stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup is drawing to a close. This knockout phase match will take place on Tuesday, December 6 at the Education City Stadium Al Rayyan in Qatar.
Morocco got off to a surprising start to their group matches, although they did have one of the easiest draws in those first three games. Morocco have had a draw with Croatia while enjoying a 2-0 win over Belgium and a 2-1 win over Canada. Morocco’s 2-0-1 record in the group stage gave them an easy first place finish in Group F. Morocco’s defensive effort has been the main reason for their success, allowing just one goal in total during the World Cup. world so far.
No one on Morocco’s roster has really taken a leading star role offensively with the team that has four different goalscorers. Hakim Ziyech, Youssef En-Nesyri, Romain Saïss and Zakaria Aboukhlal have done their part in that regard.
Spain ended up earning second place in Group E behind Japan after going 1-1-1. Spain began the World Cup dominating Costa Rica 7-0, but then drew against Germany and suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Japan.
Spain is led by 18-year-old prodigy Gavi, who has scored once and Álvaro Morata has also contributed two goals.
Let’s take a look at the current knockout round betting odds as we find the best bets and accessories for this Round of 16 showdown between Morocco and Spain.
Morocco vs Spain Current Odds 3 Way Handicap: Spain (-175) | Draw (+270) | Morocco (+550) Bet without a draw: Spain (-600) | Morocco (+360)Over/Under Goals: Over 2.5 (+115) | Under 2.5 (-160) Both teams to score: Yes (+120) | No (-175)
Morocco vs Spain odds are current as of Monday, December 5 at noon ET from BetMGM Sportsbook.
Spain is heavily favored to win the match outright, with probability (-175). Even in the Draw No Bet market, Morocco is a major (+360) longshot to outplay Spain.
Scoring markets are much more skewed towards Under 2.5 goals for the game at (-160).
Morocco vs Spain betting tip and prediction
Spain 2-1 Morocco
The Spanish are undoubtedly the superior team heading into this showdown with Morocco simply as the product of a weak group. Spain have already tested themselves against the likes of Germany and Japan, while Morocco have yet to face any team of real relevance during the World Cup.
The odds reflect the overall talent disparity, but with Spain’s attacking attack slowing dramatically in the last two games, anything can happen. Morocco have shown the ability to have a stifling defensive effort in three games and if they carry that into this matchup with Spain, they could deliver a major upset.
If Spain can stun Morocco as they did Costa Rica, this game will be one-sided. However, I see that it is a much closer matter separated by a goal.
Morocco vs Spain Betting TipsBest Bets on Morocco vs Spain
➕ Spain wins in regulation time (-175) at BetMGM Sportsbook
BET: 1.75 Units
The juice attached to this bet (-175) is something to watch out for here, but I still see great value here. Morocco are not battle-tested enough to handle Spain and will have their hands full throughout the match.
On paper, Spain is the far superior team between the two. Although the games are not played on paper, I expect Spain to get back with a bang in their first game of the knockout phase.