Aron Wright - May 28, 2018
Morocco vs Ukraine
Date: Wednesday, 30th May 2018
Kick-Off at 11:00 UK / 12:00 CET
Venue: Stade de Geneve, Carouge.
Morocco are hoping to add to the superb run of 10 wins and a draw in last 11 matches in all competitions on Thursday evening when they are to face their first test ahead of the World Cup in Russia. It will come in the likes of Ukraine who just missed the qualification after falling 0-2 at home to Croatia on the final day on the group stages.
Nonetheless, Andriy Shevchenko’s side quickly bounced back winning two and drawing one of three friendly ties. The opposition included two World Cup contestants (Saudi Arabia and Japan) and Slovakia, meaning it’s a thread worth respecting.
Producing goals in the final third might be the biggest task for Shevchenko’s men who are up against the rock-solid defensive line of Morocco’s here. The Atlas Lions conceded no goals in six matched of the final round in African World Cup Qualifications easily topping Group C ahead of the likes of Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon and Mali.
Morocco vs Ukraine: Head-to-head
This will be the first head to head outing between Morocco and Ukraine.
Herve Renard’s men maintained the impressive defensive form in March friendlies conceding just one goal in back-to-back wins over Serbia and Uzbekistan. Mehdi Benatia and Romain Saiss make a splendid center-back duo, while the team has creativity moving forward with the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Nabil Dirar, Nordin Amrabat, Youned Belhanda and Khalid Boutaib.
Morocco to keep a clean sheet is thus a bet worth trying at the sky-high 3.00 odds, while you can also back Atlas Lions to snatch the victory at 2.95. Shevchenko made plenty of changes to the squad that finished the qualifying campaign in mentioned friendlies and we can hardly see the young Ukrainian side as favourites against a well-organized World Cup contestant.