13:00 Sunday

Achraf Hakimi to be booked

Belgium meet Morocco in game week two of Group F with the Belgian side looking to secure progress with a win and Morocco looking to build on a decent opening draw against Croatia.

According to TipMan Tips, the African side were high tempo in that game and probably unlucky in the end not to get a win. They do have a serious chance of qualification, but this game is a huge must not lose and after watching Belgium scrape past Canada they will be right up for this.

Hakimi could be in for a tricky afternoon though, he’s a top-class full back but does have a tendency for a rash tackle and will be up against some quality players from Belgium so he is sure to be tested.

Mexican referee Cesar Arturo Ramos takes charge, and he has been very lenient with his issuing of cards, he averaged 4.7 cards per game and has shown four or more cards in 67% of his matches.

Although Hakimi does not have stand out booking stats he still picks up a fair few and that’s playing for Dortmund, Inter Milan and PSG, all teams who dominate the ball and most games. Today Morocco will be the underdogs and must do a lot of defending.

16:00 Sunday

Stephen Eustaquio to be booked 

The second match of the day from Group F now and we have a Croatia team who disappointed in their opening game against a Canada side who impressed and should have taken something from the game against Belgium so they will not be fearful of this task. Absolutely huge game for both sides if they want to progress and it should result in a competitive game. 

Games involving the two teams average 4.7 cards per game and Uruguayan referee Andreas Mantonte averages a massive 5.8 cards per game in his last 61 matches. He has also shown four or more cards in 82% of his games.

Eustaquio of Porto was very impressive against Belgium both in the tackle and with the ball, he is arguably one of their most important players and plays at a higher level than most for his club. He will be up against some technical tricky midfielders in the form of Modric and Kovacic and you’d expect him to make a couple of fouls at least. He averages a booking every 0.35 games and with the underdog mentality today he should be in with a big chance of grabbing another booking, added to that is the nature of the referee who hands cards out like sweets.