Stadium: Kaliningrad Stadium
TV: BBC One
Spain will be looking for a convincing win over Morocco to try and secure top spot in Group B at Russia 2018 and things seem set up nicely for them.
La Roja go into the game level with Portugal on four points, while the Atlas Lions are already out of the World Cup knockout rounds after suffering two defeats.
Punters can get 11/5 for the 2010 champions to prevail by more than two clear goals and that is our first Spain vs Morocco prediction.
A Look At Spain’s Betting Odds
Spain were given a tough work-out by a physical Iran outfit, with only a fortuitous goal deflected in off Diego Costa separating the two teams at the final whistle.
La Roja may still have been scarred by a 3-3 draw with Portugal as they kept things steady and were relieved to see a late effort from their opponents ruled out for offside.
Stand-in coach Fernando Hierro insisted: “I think there are 32 great teams here at this World Cup and no-one is giving anything away, so anyone who thinks it is going to be very easy to score and win by a landslide is wrong.”
However, Morocco have nothing at stake here and it is hard to see them putting up such stubborn resistance.
We also feel there is more to come from Spain, with Costa commenting: “We know we still need to improve but hopefully as we do that we will keep winning.”
Looking at the Spain vs Morocco odds, this match should be more open than the second round of games in this group, so 19/20 for La Roja to win and over 2.5 goals appeals.
A Look At Morocco’s Betting Odds
Morocco have not had the rub of the green at this tournament during 1-0 losses to Iran and Portugal.
The Atlas Lions dominated early on in their first match, only to get caught by a sucker-punch in the closing stages.
They then battled bravely to try and recover from a fourth-minute Cristiano Ronaldo header on Wednesday, going close from set-pieces on several occasions.
Juventus defender Medhi Benatia could have had a hat-trick and Younes Belhanda forced Rui Patricio to make a fine save.
“I’m not disappointed with the performance – I’m very proud of my players and this country,” said coach Herve Renard.
“We didn’t get the goals we should have had but we’re here in Moscow and it felt like we were playing in Casablanca.
“That’s something you can’t take away from the fans, some drove all the way here.”
Morocco did show signs of being open at the back as they chased the game, though, and we think Spain are better equipped to capitalise on that.
If the intensity also drops a touch due to the early exit, 27/4 for La Roja to oblige 3-0 could prove value in our Spain vs Morocco betting tips.
Iran 0-1 SPAIN – Costa
Portugal 1-0 MOROCCO – Ronaldo
Head-to-head: Morocco 0-1 Spain, Spain 3-2 Morocco
Group B Standings