11/28/2022
2022 FIFA WORLD CUP PREVIEW: BELGIUM VS MOROCCO
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• The 2018 Third place, Belgium, will lock horns with the 1986 Round of 16, Morocco in Group F Round 2 fixture in the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Al Thumama Stadium, Doha on Sunday, 27th November, 2022 afternoon in Qatar.


Predictions: Home win/draw

• The 2022 FIFA World Cup is the 22nd edition since the competition started in 1930 is the 14th appearance for Belgium while it is the 6th appearance for Morocco.

• HEAD-TO-HEAD

• The Group F Round 2 showdown on Sunday, 27th November, 2022 will be Belgium and Morocco Second ever meeting at the FIFA World Cup.

• 1994 FIFA World Cup (Group F) [MD1]   
19th June, 1994
Belgium                          1-0 Morocco   

• Morocco won their last meeting with Belgium in all competitions, winning 4-1 in a friendly back in March 2008. They had lost their two (2) games against the Belgians before this.
                
• MATCH FACTS:

• The Red Devils of Belgium are currently ranked 2nd in the FIFA latest World rankings, their first International game was 1st May, 1904 (Belgium 3-3 France) [Uccle, Belgium].

• The Atlas Lions of Morocco are currently ranked 22nd in the World by FIFA latest rankings on 6th October, 2022, their first International game was 19th October, 1957 (Morocco 3-3 Iraq [Beirut, Lebanon]. 

• Belgium most caps player is Jan Vertonghen with 143 games with 9 goals. 

• Morocco most caps player is Noureddine Naybet 115 games with 4 goals in the National team jersey.

• The Red Devils of Belgium top scorer for the National team is Romelu Lukaku with 68 goals in 102 games. 

• The Atlas Lions of Morocco top scorer for the National team is Ahmed Faras with 36 goals with in 94 caps. Hakim Ziyech is the top scorer among active players of Morocco with 18 goals in 43 caps. 

• Qatar edition of the FIFA World Cup is the 14th for Belgium. The Red Devils had their debut tournament in the competition in 1930 when the tournament began and their best finish is third place in the 2018 edition in Russia. 

• The Red Devils of Belgium have never lost a FIFA World Cup match against an African Nation before (W3 D1), with all of these meetings coming in the Group stage of the competition. Their most recent such much was a 5-2 win over Tunisia in the 2018 edition.

• Belgium vs Morocco will be the Red Devils' 50th match at the FIFA World Cup finals, the 12th different Nation to reach the milestone. Just two (2) of the previous eleven (11) have lost their 50th game (W8  D1), England in 2002 (vs Brazil) and Spain in 2010 (vs Switzerland), though the latter went on to win the tournament that year.

• Belgium have won each of their last eight (8) Group stage matches at the FIFA World Cup. A win here would see them become the first Nations ever to win nine (9) consecutive Group matches at the tournament (including second and final group rounds).

• Belgium have won eleven (11) of their last thirteen (13) FIFA World games across the last three (3) editions of the competition (2014, 2018, 2022). Seven of these wins have come under Robert Martinez, the most victories any manager has overseen at the FIFA World Cup with the Red Devils, ahead of Guy Thys' six (6). 

• Kevin De Bruyne created four (4) chances for Belgium against Canada last time out, more than any of his teammates. Infact, since 1966, De Bruyne has created more chances than any other Belgium player at the FIFA World Cup forty-three (43).

• Against Canada on MD1, Michy Bayshuayi scored the game's only goal, while he attempted five (5) of Belgium's nine(9) shots. Indeed, those five (5) shots accounted for 100% of Belgium's total before he was substituted off in the 78th minute.

• The 2022 edition of the FIFA World Cup is Morocco's sixth appearance at the FIFA World Cup, but have not progressed past the Group stage since 1986, when they were eventually eliminated by Germany in Round of 16 (0-1).

• Morocco have won only one of their last eleven (11) FIFA World Cup games (D3   L7), 3-0 against Scotland in 1998 in the Group stages.

• Morocco have kept only two (2) clean sheets in their last twelve (12) FIFA World Cup matches.

• Morocco have won just two of their previous seventeen (17) FIFA World Cup games (D6 L9). Both of their wins came against European opposition, a 3-1 victory against Portugal in 1986 and a 3-0 triumph against Scotland in 1998, with each of their last two (2) games finishing level.

• Morocco have failed to score in 53% of their FIFA World Cup games (9/17), coming into the second round of matches, it's the joint-highest percentage of any Nation to have played more than ten (10) games in the competition.

• Morocco have lost their second Group stage match in each of their five (5) previous appearances at the tournament, with the in the 1986 edition they progressed to the knock-out rounds.

• Thirteen (13) out of fourteen (14) goals at the FIFA World Cup have been scored from open play. The only exception was Youssef En-Nesyri's goal against Spain in 2018 edition, which came from a corner.

• Morocco have lost only one of their last nine (9) International matches (W5 D3).

• Morocco have not conceded a goal in their last five (5) International matches.

• Six (6) out of the thirteen (13) African Nations have been able to progressed past the Group stages of the FIFA World Cup since it's inception in 1930 (Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana).

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