Belgium will need to improve when they face Morocco in their second World Cup group game on Sunday afternoon.
Roberto Martinez’s troops rode their luck for large periods against Canada, and in the end, they laboured to a 1-0 victory thanks to a winner from Michy Batshuayi.
Perhaps the re-emergence of Romelu Lukaku could give his side a lift, as they looked rather blunt against Canada.
Meanwhile, Morocco gained a point against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia, and while they struggled to create many clear-cut opportunities, they were worthy of a draw.
With a few upsets already in Qatar, could we see another one this weekend?
This could be a tight encounter, and to guide you, we have handpicked a couple of tips for you to mull over ahead of kick-off.
Morocco to spring a surprise
The World Cup has made for compelling viewing, and Morocco will have taken some inspiration from Saudi Arabia and Japan, who stunned Argentina and Germany respectively.
Moreover, Morocco will have been encouraged with what they saw from Belgium, who squeaked past Canada. Indeed, Canada controlled large chunks of the game, and they even missed a penalty.
Belgium may well point to the fact that they have won their last eight group matches at the World Cup — a run that matches Brazil’s record streak.
But Morocco looked well drilled against Croatia, and they even tasted a 4-1 win in their last meeting with Belgium in a friendly back in 2008.
Belgium were rather shaky at times against Canada, and Morocco could profit. I fancy there to be another upset at the World Cup, and I’m liking the look of Morocco snatching a victory. You can find a price of 3/1 with William Hill for this to be the case.
Hakim Ziyech the difference maker
Although there have been rumours linking him with a move away from Chelsea in January, Hakim Ziyech will be hoping to park them up with a decent showing at the World Cup.
In many respects, he was rather subdued against Croatia, as he completed just 61.3% of his passes, and he made two key passes in the game.
When he’s in full flow, Ziyech can drive in field with the ball and his work rate is impressive.
Ziyech’s left foot at times can be a wand, and he could be one to watch, although he will need to be more influential against Belgium. He could well be the difference maker, and he could get on the scoresheet for Morocco in a shock win. If you wish to follow up on that, then bet365 is advertising odds of 8/1 to net the only goal of the game.