Estonia vs Morocco
Competition: International friendly
Date: 9 June 2018
Kick-off: 18:00 CET
This is Estonia’s most “serious” friendly game in months, against a team much stronger than Latvia, Lithuania and Georgia, whom the Estonians faced in their most recent games. A few days ago they lost 1-0 to Latvia, right after beating Lithuania 2-0. In the World Cup qualifiers they did the absolute minimum, and a bit more than that, beating not only Gibraltar, home and away, but Cyprus as well, their most important positive result in their group. Estonia is not a football-crazy country, and the way their national team is going, it doesn’t look like they will get particularly interested in football in the near future, at least not in their own national team, let alone their own clubs.
They say results are not particularly important in friendly games, but A) they do matter when it comes to every national team’s position in FIFA’s ranking, and B) they do help teams build momentum. For example, Tunisia are about to fly to Russia, having stayed undefeated in their last 17 matches, including the last one against Slovakia, a few days ago. It was just a friendly game, sure, but Tunisia won 2-1, and the most important detail had to do with going 1-0 down in the 59th minute, only to be 2-1 up 15 minutes later. Why was that so important? Because it was the first time in 17 matches that Tunisia found themselves trailing in the score(!). During their long unbeaten run, they had never conceded first, they were always leading, or drawing. The fact that they reacted that fast and that effectively against a decent team like Slovakia, is definitely something.
Previous five matches:
Latvia vs Estonia 1-0
Estonia vs Lithuania 2-0
Georgia vs Estonia 2-0
Armenia vs Estonia 0-0
Sweden vs Estonia 1-1
Morocco vs Slovakia 2-1
Morocco vs Ukraine 0-0
Morocco vs Uzbekistan 2-0
Serbia vs Morocco 1-2
Morocco vs Nigeria 4-0
Estonia’s next game is in September. Morocco will be facing Iran on June 15, their first game in the World Cup finals.
Estonia vs Morocco: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
Estonia vs Morocco: Prediction
The game is held in Tallinn, Estonia. Morocco are considered huge favorites to win, but I’m not tempted by their 1.33.
Estonia vs Morocco: Betting Tips
Morocco have scored at least two goals in most of their last 17 games, in which they haven’t lost any. A simple win of their pays just 1.70, but combined with “over 2.5 goals” it goes up to 2.80. A more conservative approach would be to bet on their win combined with a clean sheet, at 1.83.