Croatia kicks off its bid to be one better than the previous World Cup when it hosts Morocco on Wednesday.
The wards of Zlatko Dalic were unexpected participants in the final of this tournament in 2018, where they ultimately lost to France.
Croatia is also not destined for glory in Qatar, although a good start against Morocco will no doubt suggest that they may be dark horses.
Below are the expected lineups for both teams.
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Lineups Morocco vs Croatia
Croatia boss Dalic is convinced his team is fully prepared for another big World Cup run despite limited preparation time.
Since the tournament is taking place at the height of the European season, we did not have the opportunity to play friendly matches or practice a lot before the start.
But the Croatian manager made an optimistic tone in his press conference before the first match, saying: “We used this time to get used to the conditions that awaited us. I am very glad. We are ready”.
“We chose the highest quality in terms of energy and experience. There is no more doubt, the guys know the composition.
“We have the experience and the energy and we have a good squad. We are in for a tough match. I think we made the right choice.”
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Morocco forecast starting from 11
(4-3-3, right to left): 1. Bono (GC) – 2. Hakimi, 6. Saiss, 5. Agerd, 3. Mazrawi – 8. Unai, 4. Amrabat, 15. Amallah – 7. Ziyesh, 19. En-Nesiri, 17. Bufal
- Injured: Sabiri, Ezzalzuli.
- Suspended: no
Walid Regragi without both Abdelhamid Sabiri as well as Abdessamad Ezzalzouli at the opening match of the second consecutive World Cup in Morocco.
However, he will be able to name a talented starting lineup with stars like Achraf Hakimi, Hakim Ziyech as well as Nussar Mazraoui.
Croatia forecast starting from 11
(4-3-3, right to left): 21. Livakovic (GK) – 12. Stanisic, 17. Lovren, 5. Guardiol, 13. Barisic – 9. Modric 23. Brozovic, 8. Kovacic – 7. Vlasic, 10. Petkovic, 11. Perisic
- Wounded: no
- Suspended: no
Marco LivayaDalic’s recovery from injury means Dalic has a fully stocked squad from which to choose for his team’s first group game.
Experienced Luka Modric will be a partner Mateo Kovacic as well as Marcelo Brozovic in midfield, which many of the best teams in the tournament would envy.
Moroccan lineups against Croatia at the World Cup
Here are the 26 names on the rosters for each team at the World Cup in Qatar:
|GC||one||Yassine Bono||Seville (SPA)||31||45|
|GC||12||Munir||Al Wehda (KSA)||33||43|
|GC||22||Ahmed Reda Tagnauti||Wydad (MOR)||26||3|
|DEF||2||Achraf Hakimi||Real Madrid (SPA)||24||53|
|DEF||3||Nussar Mazraoui||Bayern Munich (GER)||24||fourteen|
|DEF||6||Romain Seiss||Besiktas (TOUR)||32||65|
|DEF||5||Nayef Agerd||West Ham (English)||26||21|
|DEF||twenty||Achraf Dari||Brest (France)||23||four|
|DEF||eighteen||Javad El-Yamik||Valladolid (SPA)||thirty||eleven|
|DEF||25||Yahi Attain-Allal||Wydad (MOR)||27||one|
|DEF||23||Badr Benun||Qatar SC (QAT)||29||3|
|AVERAGE||four||Sofyan Amrabat||Fiorentina (Italy)||26||38|
|AVERAGE||fifteen||Selim Amallah||Liege Standard (BEL)||25||23|
|AVERAGE||eleven||Abdelhamid Sabiri||Sampdoria (Italy)||25||2|
|AVERAGE||eight||Azzedine Ounai||Angers (France)||22||9|
|AVERAGE||24||Billel El Hanouss||Genk (Belgium)||eighteen||0|
|AVERAGE||26||Yahya Jabrane||Wydad (MOR)||31||four|
|FORWARD||7||Hakim Ziyech||Chelsea (English)||24||42|
|FORWARD||19||Youssef En-Nesiri||Seville (SPA)||25||49|
|FORWARD||17||Sofiane Boufal||Angers (France)||29||31|
|FORWARD||fourteen||Zakharia Abukhlal||Toulouse (France)||22||12|
|FORWARD||16||Abdessamad Ezzalzouli||Osasuna (SPA)||twenty||one|
|FORWARD||ten||Anass Zaruri||Burnley (English)||22||0|
|FORWARD||9||Abderrazak Hamdallah||Al Ittihad (KSA)||31||17|
|FORWARD||21||Walid Cheddira||Bari (Italy)||24||2|
|GC||one||Dominik Livakovich||Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)||27||34|
|GC||12||Ivo Grbic||Atletico Madrid (SPA)||26||2|
|GC||23||Ivica Ivusic||Osijek (Croatia)||27||5|
|DEF||2||Josip Stanisic||Bayern Munich (GER)||22||7|
|DEF||3||Borna Barisic||Rangers (SCO)||29||28|
|DEF||5||Martin Erlik||Sassuolo (Italy)||24||four|
|DEF||6||Dejan Lovren||Zenith Saint Petersburg (ITA)||33||72|
|DEF||19||Borna Sosa||VfB Stuttgart (Germany)||24||eight|
|DEF||twenty||Yosko Guardiol||RB Leipzig (Germany)||twenty||12|
|DEF||21||Domagoj Vida||AEK Athens (GRE)||33||100|
|DEF||22||Josip Yuranovich||Celtic (SCO)||27||21|
|DEF||24||Josip Sutalo||Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)||22||3|
|AVERAGE||7||Lovro Mayer||Rennes (France)||24||eleven|
|AVERAGE||eight||Mateo Kovacic||Chelsea (English)||28||84|
|AVERAGE||ten||Luka Modric||Real Madrid (SPA)||37||155|
|AVERAGE||25||Luka Suchic||RB Salzburg (Australia)||twenty||four|
|AVERAGE||eleven||Marcelo Brozovic||Inter Milan (ITA)||29||77|
|AVERAGE||13||Nikola Vlasic||Turin (Italy)||25||42|
|AVERAGE||fifteen||Mario Pasalic||Atalanta (Italy)||27||43|
|AVERAGE||26||Christian Jakich||Eintracht Frankfurt (GER)||25||four|
|FORWARD||four||Ivan Perisic||Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)||33||116|
|FORWARD||9||Andrei Kramaric||Hoffenheim (Germany)||31||74|
|FORWARD||fourteen||Marco Livaya||Hadjuk Split (Croatia)||29||fourteen|
|FORWARD||16||Bruno Petkovic||Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)||28||23|
|FORWARD||17||Ante Budimir||Osasuna (English)||31||fifteen|
|FORWARD||eighteen||Mislav Orsic||Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)||29||21|