Our prediction for this match:
After recording back-to-back wins over Serbia and Uzbekistan, Morocco will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Ukraine at Stade de Geneve. The Moroccans are brimming with confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match and they are definitely capable of making life difficult for the Ukrainians. Andriy Shevchenko’s men were having their ups and downs in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and, as a result, they failed to make it to the showpiece tournament in their neighborhood. Ukraine are ready for a new beginning and we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against the African side. Andriy Shevchenko’s team want this win more than the Moroccans, but share of spoils appears on the horizon in this one. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever on the international stage.
Highlighted Player (Mykola Morozyuk):
Product of the club, Mycola Morozyuk is the 28-year-old right midfielder, who can effectively be deployed at right back as well. Having begun his career with the Kyiv giants in 2005, Morozyuk struggled to make his mark in the first team and was transferred to Metalurh Donetsk in 2010, the same year he was give his international debut.
More than 120 appearances later and loans at the likes of Dnipro and Obolon Kyiv, the Ukrainian midfielder returned home to Dynamo Kyiv in 2015.
Mycola Morozyuk was unfortunate to make an immediate impression following his return to the club he began his professional career with as he suffered a serious ligament injury at the beginning of 2016. Ligament issue limited his influence to mere 13 league appearances so far, but the 28-year-old lacks no motivation to finally earn his stripes with the Ukrainian giants.
Highlighted Team (Morocco):
Morocco, the Atlas Lions, are the first African team to win a group at the World Cup finals. Back in 1986 the team managed to finish the group stages above Portugal, Poland and England, but West Germany proved to be a big catch for the Moroccan national team in the last 16 of the tournament.
The Atlas Lions participated at the World Cup finals on four occasions, but winning of the 1976 African Cup of Nations is considered the team’s biggest success. Morocco were producing outstanding displays at the tournament in Ethiopia and it has to be noted that they defeated Guinea in the title game.
Morocco play their home games at Stade Adrar and Stade de Marrakech and they wear red shirts and green shorts when playing in front of home fans. A number of top-class footballers played for Morocco in the past, but Mustafa Hadji is certainly the biggest star who played for the Moroccan national team.