With tension rising as we reach the penultimate match-week of the gorp-stage, the scene is set as Canada prepare to face Morocco in a fierce clash that can determine the remaining teams that enter the knock-out phase from Group F.
Herdman’s squad have bid their early farewells after being picked apart by Croatia in a 4-1 defeat where marksman Andrej Kramaric played a significant role, notching a brace against the maple leaves. Despite the fact that the Canadian national team are set to depart from the tournament after suffering two consecutive defeats, Canada hopes to end their appearance in Qatar on a high, obtaining their first ever point in a World Cup match within their history.
On the other hand, Morocco have plenty on the line after they have stunned Belgium with a clinical counter-attacking display, sealing a 2-0 victory over Martinez’s men in order to sit in second of the group with a total of 4 points, With both Belgium and Morocco only one point apart, a victory over Canada is crucial in order maintain control over their destiny.
As it stands for Canada, it remains to be seen whether central midfielder Stephen Eustaquio will feature in the squad’s remaining match within the tournament after suffering a muscular strain against Croatia towards the end of the first half.
As per Morocco, Yassine Bounou could very much remain on the sidelines after pulling himself out from playing in between the sticks against Belgium following the national anthem due to illness.
Predicted Starting Lineup
Canada: St. Clair; Johnston, Steven Vitoria, Miller, Adekugbe; Buchanan, Kone, Eustaquio, Hoilett; Davies, David
Morocco: Bounou; Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui; Amrabat, Ounahi, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal
Julian Faustini I GWFN