World Cup Group F: Belgium and Croatia expected to ease through
World Cup Group F odds, teams and fixtures
In our guide to World Cup Group F, we assess the prospects of Belgium, Croatia, Canada and Morocco as they bid to reach the last 16 at Qatar 2022.
We also highlight the betting odds for each team and list the fixtures including kick-off times and television coverage for all six matches.
Belgium have gone close to winning silverware with this ‘golden generation’ but time is running out and this could well be their last chance.
Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku, aged 31 and 29 respectively, will be past their peak by the time the next World Cup comes around so the pressure is on to go even further than they did when reaching the semi-finals in 2018.
They are regular quarter-finalists at major tournaments these days but are yet to reach a final and fitness problems for Lukaku and Eden Hazard are a concern, but an unbeaten record in qualifying shows why the Red Devils are seen as potential winners.
Croatia were surprise World Cup finalists four years ago and could be dark horses again.
Luka Modric continues to be one of the best central midfielders in the world, even at the age of 37, and Croatia have a habit of raising their game when it matters.
They won their Nations League group this year at the expense of France, Denmark and Austria and topped their qualifying group so could give Belgium a run for their money in Group F, with their meeting in the final round of matches expected to prove decisive.
Canada have only appeared at one previous World Cup and that was 36 years ago so there was plenty of excitement around a qualifying campaign which saw them finish ahead of the USA and Mexico.
Getting out of the group looks a tall order but they will surely do better than on their World Cup debut when they lost all three games without scoring a goal.
They have an English coach in John Herdman while Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies adds star quality to a hard-working and energetic team.
Morocco are the second-highest ranked African team at the 2022 World Cup behind Senegal and were the most impressive in qualifying, winning all six group games and then beating DR Congo 5-2 on aggregate.
Despite that, manager Valid Halilhodzic was dismissed in August to be replaced by Walid Regraguiand which has prompted the recall of Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech.
The winger had retired from international football following a dispute with Halilhodzic but even with Ziyech in the team, Morocco will need to upset the odds if they are to reach the knockout stage for only the second time in six attempts.
World Cup Group F fixtures
Nov 23: Morocco v Croatia, 10am, Al Bayt Stadium, ITV
Nov 23: Belgium v Canada, 7pm, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, BBC
Nov 27: Belgium v Morocco, 1pm, Al Thumama Stadium, BBC
Nov 27: Croatia v Canada, 4pm, Khalifa International Stadium, BBC
Dec 1: Croatia v Belgium, 3pm, Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, BBC
Dec 1: Canada v Morocco, 3pm, Al Thumama Stadium, BBC
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