Morocco vs Croatia lineups: Predicted XIs, confirmed team news, injury latest for World Cup 2022 today

Both Morocco and Croatia this morning head into their World Cup opener largely free of injuries.

In what looks like a competitive group also containing the experienced Belgium side and tournament wildcards in Canada, most of the star players should be on display as the Atlas Lions take on 2018’s beaten finalists.

Hakim Ziyech is back in the fold after a managerial change in the Moroccan camp and headlines a talented group of players.

Paris Saint-Germain’s Achraf Hakimi and Bayern star Noussair Mazaroui are being tipped as perhaps the best full-back pairing in the competition as a whole. Nayef Aguerd is fit enough to start in central defence now the West Ham star is over his injury.

Croatia, meanwhile, have a midfield most would envy, with Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic arguably the best combination available to any team contesting the tournament in Qatar. Tottenham’s Ivan Perisic also provides vast experience.

Predicted Morocco XI: Bono; Hakimi, Saiss, Aguerd, Mazraoui; Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal

Predicted Croatia XI: Livakovic; Stanisic, Lovren, Gvardiol, Barisic; Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic; Vlasic, Petkovic, Perisic

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