After beating Belgium, Morocco finds themselves just 90 minutes away from reaching the World Cup Round of 16.
Although Canada have lost both their previous outings at this year’s World Cup, they have far from disgraced themselves in the process.
Playing For Pride
As the final round of Group F fixtures appear on the horizon, three nations are competing over two knockout stage berths. With Croatia and Belgium facing each other in the group’s other fixture, it means life should be slightly easier for Morocco.
Because with Canada serving as their upcoming opponents, the North American outfit have already been handed their tickets for the first flight home and are now playing for nothing more than pride.
However, their trip to Qatar has been far from a wasted journey and with Canada playing a part in hosting the next edition of the World Cup – one that should see them given automatic entry in the process, their Middle Eastern skirmish has served as ideal reconnaissance for 2026.
If Canada’s World Cup exploits have arrived four years too early, the time is certainly now for Morocco. After holding their own against Croatia, they then followed up that showing with a perfect performance against Belgium.
A 2-0 win that sees Walid Regragui’s men needing just a point to advance to the knockout phase. Then again, with the way that the Atlas Lions have performed thus far, winning Group F has now become a rather realistic proposition.
With that said, there cannot be any gaming of the system and trying to finish in a position which is conducive to a more favourable Round of 16 opponent. While the reason for this is because nobody knows how Group E will end up.
However, what better way to build further momentum than by getting the better of their Canadian counterparts. By earning seven points from nine, they will show their knockout opponents that they are not to be messed with.
Of course, there is still a chance that it could go wrong for the North African nation.
Defeat would leave them needing Belgium to overcome Croatia, in which case goal difference would be required to determine if they or the 2018 runners-up progress to the last 16.
Then again, with the way that Roberto Martinez’s side have performed thus far, a win over Croatia may be considered wishful thinking and although Morocco cannot celebrate just yet, they may well be in just a few hours.
Canada v Morocco Bet Builder Tips
With that in mind, our latest bet builder is now up for grabs, and it looks like this:
- Jonathan David to score anytime
- Morocco or Draw
- Over 8 total corners
For my latest bet builder offering, the spotlight is being shown on Jonathan David. With the Lille forward yet to open his World Cup bank account, I believe he will end the tournament on some form of personal high.
A goal that will only be enough for a draw at best, as I am backing Morocco to secure qualification via the double chance market. Add a total of nine total corners during Thursday’s encounter and this latest construction comes in at odds of 11/1.