Spain vs Morocco: World Cup 2018 prediction, betting tips, odds, kick-off time, team news and line-ups, what TV channel, live stream online, head to head
Morocco have already been eliminated from the World Cup which leaves the door open for Spain to take advantage and qualify as group winners. They are level on points and goal difference with Portugal and will face either Russia or Uruguay in the round of 16.
Lucas Vazquez came in for Koke against Iran but could be dropped in place of the Atletico Madrid midfielder or Marco Asensio.
Morocco conceded an early Cristiano Ronaldo goal in their 1-0 defeat to Portugal but frustrated the 2016 European Champions with their deep defending.
Spain appears positioned for a deep run in the 2018 World Cup following a win and a draw in its two first matches. Conversely, Morocco has been eliminated following a pair of one-goal losses. Even so, Spain, among the favorites to win the entire tournament, can’t afford a letdown when it meets Morocco on Monday at 2 p.m. ET in a Group B match.
Sportsbooks have Spain as a -295 money-line favorite (bet $295 to win $100), while Morocco pays +850 to win outright as an underdog. The draw is priced at +400, while the over-under for total goals scored in this 2018 World Cup match is 2.5.
Before you lock in your 2018 World Cup picks, you need to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say. Sumpter is an applied mathematician who wrote “Soccermatics,” a book that explains how math works inside the sport. Along with other experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.
The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In nearly three seasons since its inception, the Soccerbot is up an incredible 1,800 percent on bookmakers’ closing odds.
The Soccerbot has already nailed draws for Argentina-Iceland (+385) and Brazil-Switzerland (+360). It also correctly predicted Iran upsetting Morocco at +275, just to name a few of its big calls. Anyone who has followed it is way up.
Now, the Soccerbot has crunched the numbers and generated an optimal money-line selection for Spain-Morocco that is available only at SportsLine.
The model is aware that Spain, a +450 favorite to win the World Cup (second-best behind Brazil at +300), should be in peak form following an encouraging 1-0 win over a stubborn Iranian club. Diego Costa scored his third goal of Russia 2018 in the 54th minute against Iran, the ball deflecting off a defender’s attempted clearance. Iran played sturdy defense most of the way and had a goal overturned because of an offsides violation.
But Spain asserted control in the second half and ended up with a two-to-one edge in time of possession and 17 shots on goal compared to five for Iran.
The Soccerbot also knows Morocco could be in a letdown spot following two agonizing World Cup losses, but is aware the club was 3-0-1 in its prior four matches and is hungry for a win. Morocco laments several missed chances in its 1-0 loss to Portugal. Morocco squandered several scoring chances, then fell behind when Cristiano Ronaldo notched his fourth goal of the tournament