Four years on from losing the 2018 World Cup final, Croatia will be eager to start their 2022 tournament on the right foot against Morocco.
Both sides need a positive early result with world No.2 Belgium also in Group F and looming as strong favourites to top the section.
Croatia have arrived in Qatar on the back of a five-game winning run that included a 1-0 victory against France in June.
Morocco beat Georgia 3-0 in a friendly just prior to the World Cup but they may struggle to match it with a Croatian side in form and spurred on by their 2018 heartbreak.
Morocco vs. Croatia live stream, TV channel
This clash will kickoff at 1 p.m. local time in Qatar meaning the heat could play a factor at Al Bayt Stadium.
Croatia made the World Cup final in 2018, but with their stars now four years older, and in the absence of a new generation of bona fide difference makers, some believe that the European side might be ripe for a group-stage exit.
Morocco’s defense-first approach and talented attackers will provide the first Group F test at the Al Bayt Stadium as Croatia look to prove themselves all over again.
Here’s how you can watch all the action in the major global territories.
|USA||Wed, Nov. 23||05:00 ET||FS1, Telemundo||, Fox Sports site/app,|
Telemundo Deportes site/app, Peacock
|Canada||Wed, Nov. 23||05:00 EST||TSN, RDS (French)||TSN site/app|
|UK||Wed, Nov. 23||10:00 GMT||ITV 1, STV (Scotland)||ITV Hub / ITVX, STV Player (Scotland)|
|Australia||Wed, Nov. 23||21:00 AEDT||SBS||SBS On Demand|
|India||Wed, Nov. 23||15:30 IST||Sports18||Voot, JioTV|
|Hong Kong||Wed, Nov. 23||18:00 HKT||Now TV (Ch. 616, 618)||Now TV|
|Malaysia||Wed, Nov. 23||18:00 MYT||Astro||Astro GO|
|Singapore||Wed, Nov. 23||18:00 SGT||StarHub (Ch. 251/252),|
|MeWatch, Singtel TV GO,|
CAST, StarHub TV+
|New Zealand||Wed, Nov. 23||23:00 NZDT||Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports||Sky Go, Sky Sport NOW|
Morocco vs. Croatia lineups
Morocco will be without the likes of Ez Abde, Tarik Tissoudali and Amine Harit for this match due to injury but Youssef En-Nesyri is fit again. They used a 3-4-3 last time out but will likely revert to a more defensive formation for this clash.
Morocco (4-3-3, right to left): 1. Bono (GK) — 25. Allah, 5. Aguerd, 3. Mazraoui, 2. Hakimi — 8. Ounahi, 10. Zaroury, 6. Saiss — 17. Boufal 9. Hamdallah, 7. Ziyech.
Croatia have been spared any injury blows to date with both Marcelo Brozovic and Domagoj Vida able to shake off concerns. Luka Modric is a certainty to start after only being used as a substitute in their last match.
Croatia (4-1-4-1, right to left): 1. Livakovic (GK) — 2. Stanisic, 6. Lovren, 5. Erlic, 3. Barisic — 10. Modric — 4. Persic, 8. Kovacic, 7. Majer, 13. Vlasic — 9. Kramaric.
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Morocco vs. Croatia odds, prediction
Croatia are the strong favourites to win this match but the smart money could be on a draw which presents good value.
Morocco aren’t a team to underestimate and boast enough star players to cause Croatia some serious concerns. The warmer conditions could also limit the damage either team can do in front of goal.
Prediction: 1-1 draw
Odds via(USA), (Canada), SkyBet (UK), and LadBrokes (Australia).
to score Y / N
|+105 / -145||1.99 / 1.65||1/1, 8/11||21/20, 8/11|
|Over / Under|
|+125 / -185||2.32 / 1.54||11/8, 8/15||27/20, 8/15|