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Jakic To Start, Brozovic A Doubt | 4-3-3 Croatia Predicted Lineup Vs Morocco

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Croatia will face off against Morocco at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday as they look to win and secure a third-place finish in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The European nation suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of Argentina recently, so they will be desperate to prove themselves in this World Cup game.

Zlatko Dalic will set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation and could be inclined to name a strong first XI for this game. We can expect to see Kristijan Jakić play from the start as Marcelo Brozovic is currently struggling to recover from an injury.

4-3-3 Croatia Predicted Lineup To Face Morocco

Defence

Dominik Livaković will feature in between the sticks for Croatia after he shipped in three goals in his last World Cup outing. Josip Sutalo could get a chance to impress alongside Dejan Lovren at the centre of the European nation’s defence as they try to keep the Morocco attackers at bay during the 90 minutes.

Josip Juranović will fill in as a right-back while Borna Sosa hopes to give a good account of himself on the other flank as the left-back. Both of them could get the license to get forward and express themselves in the opposition half.

Josko Gvardiol is expected to be rested on the bench as he is not 100% fit ahead of this game.

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Midfield

Mateo Kovacic, Kristijan Jakić and Luka Modric will make up Croatia’s midfield as they focus on winning the 50-50 battles at the centre of the park and creating enough chances for their teammates to win this clash.

As mentioned earlier, Marcelo Brozovic is unlikely to play from the start. He is a major doubt for his game as he continues to recover from an injury problem.

Lovro Majer will be available for selection on the bench as he provides cover for the central midfield positions.

Attack

Ivan Perisic will play as the left-sided wide player while Nikola Vlasic hopes to impress as the right-winger. Both of them need to stretch the pitch and get in behind the Morocco backline if Croatia are to come out on top this weekend.

Andrej Kramarić will lead the line for the European nation on the attacking end of the field. He will have to carry most of the goal-scoring workload for his country on his own up top.

Bruno Petković will be named on the bench as he waits for his chance to shine in the latter stages of the game if needed.

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