Watch World Cup game in round of 16: Spain vs. Morocco

Updated: December 2, 2022

Can La Roja overcome Morocco in the round of 16?

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Spain enters the 2022 World Cup as one of the favorites to win the competition. Since winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa in a dominant fashion, the Spanish national team has consistently played some of the most fluent and deadly football of any team. With players representing Europe and Spain’s best teams—including veteran Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte, and Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata—Spain has a strong, talented squad. The biggest question remains whether Luis Enrique can bring through Spain’s talented youngsters like Barcelona’s Gavi, and how deep he can take them into the competition.

Round of 16: Morocco vs. Spain

MatchDateTime (ET)Stadium
Morocco vs. SpainDecember 6, 202210 a.m.Education City Stadium

Prediction: Morocco vs. Spain

Spain enters the game as Group E runners-up after Japan’s shock 2-1 victory over La Roja (which also dumped Germany out of the World Cup group stage for the second straight time). Yet, they should back themselves for the win, despite Morocco’s strong showing in the group stage, topping Group F. On paper, this should be an easy win for Spain. But the reality is that Spain picked up just a point in its last two group games, while Morocco looked impressive in wins over Belgium (2-0) and Canada (2-1). Whoever wins could face a potential quarterfinals matchup with Brazil, depending on how other results fall.

How to watch the Spain World Cup team for free from anywhere

Here’s the full rundown of global broadcasters showing the World Cup for free:

TerritoryLanguageRights holder(s)Price
AustraliaEnglishSBSFree
BelgiumFrenchRTBF (French)Free
BelgiumDutchVRT (Dutch)Free
FranceFrenchTF1 Free
GermanyGermanARDFree
GermanyGermanZDFFree
IrelandEnglishRTÉFree
ItalyItalianRAIFree
NetherlandsDutchNOSFree
PortugalPortugueseRTPFree
SpainSpanishRTVEFree
United KingdomEnglishITVFree
PolandPolskiTVPFree
SwedenSvenskaSVTFree
SwedenSvenskaTV4Free
South KoreaKoreanSBSFree
South KoreaKoreanKBSFree
South KoreaKoreanMBCFree
JapanJapaneseAbemaFree
DenmarkDanskDRFree
NorwayNorskNRKFree
FinlandFinnishYleFree
FinlandFinnishMTV3Free
BrazilPortugueseTV GloboFree
MexicoSpanishAzteca7Free
MexicoSpanishTelevisa (vix)Free

Group stage: Spain World Cup fixtures and match schedule

DateMatchTime (ET)Stadium
Wed, Nov. 23Spain vs. Costa Rica (Winner: Spain, 7-0)11:00 a.m.Al Thumama Stadium
Sun, Nov. 27Spain vs. Germany (Draw: 1-1)2:00 p.m.Al Bayt Stadium
Thu, Dec. 1Japan vs. Spain (Winner: Japan, 2-1)2:00 p.m.Khalifa International Stadium

Final 26-man Spain World Cup roster

PositionPlayerClubAge
GoalkeeperDavid RayaBrentford (ENG)27
GoalkeeperRobert SanchezBrighton (ENG)24
GoalkeeperUnai SimonAthletic Bilbao (SPA)25
DefenderJordi AlbaBarcelona (SPA)33
DefenderHugo Guillamon Valencia (SPA)22
DefenderPau Torres Villarreal (SPA)25
DefenderCesar AzpilicuetaChelsea (ENG)33
DefenderDani CarvajalReal Madrid (SPA)30
DefenderEric GarciaBarcelona (SPA)21
DefenderJose GayaValencia (SPA)27
DefenderAymeric LaporteManchester City (ENG)28
MidfielderSergio BusquetsBarcelona (SPA)36
MidfielderGaviBarcelona (SPA)18
MidfielderKokeAtletico Madrid (SPA)30
MidfielderMarcos LlorenteAtletico Madrid (SPA)27
MidfielderPedriBarcelona (SPA)19
MidfielderRodriManchester City (ENG)26
MidfielderCarlos SolerPSG (FRA)25
ForwardDani OlmoRB Leipzig (GER)24
ForwardNico WilliamsAtletico Madrid (SPA)20
ForwardMarco AsensioReal Madrid (SPA)26
ForwardYeremi Pino Villarreal (SPA)20
ForwardAnsu FatiBarcelona (SPA)19
ForwardAlvaro MorataAtletico Madrid (SPA)29
ForwardPablo SarabiaPSG (FRA)30
ForwardFerran TorresBarcelona (SPA)22

Star players on Spain’s World Cup team

Spain is bringing a talented squad to the World Cup, peppered with seasoned veterans like Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) and Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), while ushering in a new generation of young stars looking for their chance to break out on the international stage. Keep an eye on forward Nico Williams (Atletico Madrid), just 20 years old, while Barcelona’s Gavi is even younger at 18—yet both possess ability beyond their years. 

Who is Spain’s head coach?

Luis Enrique is a Spanish former player who has gone on to manage the likes of Roma (2011-12), Celta Vigo (2013-14), and Barcelona (2014-2017). During his playing days, Enrique also represented both Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Spain national team strengths & weaknesses

Strengths

Since totally dominating the 2010 tournament and thereby claiming the nation’s first World Cup trophy, Spain has shown itself to be a force on the international stage. Much like Spanish club teams like Barcelona, the national team prefers to dominate possession of the ball and carve teams open by chipping away at their positional flaws. The presence of players like veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets and rising star Gavi from Barcelona only helps to inject this DNA into the national team. Meanwhile, representatives from Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and dominant English teams like Manchester City bring a winning mentality to the squad that will be eager to prove it’s the best in the world once again.  

Weaknesses

The Spanish national team’s biggest weakness at the 2022 World Cup may be the absence of veteran center backs it’s bringing to Qatar. The likes of Sergio Ramos (previously Real Madrid, now playing at Paris Saint-Germain) and Gerard Pique (recently retired from Barcelona) helped to anchor the backline at previous tournaments, providing the security at the back for the midfielders to begin flowing attacking plays. Upfront in attack, Atletico Madrid’s Alvaro Morata has occasionally flattered to deceive, though is certainly deadly on his day. The talent and potential is undeniable, but the biggest challenge manager Luis Enrique faces is whether he can get this young Spanish team to gel against the world’s best national teams.

Spain World Cup 2022 odds

The odds for Spain to win the 2022 World Cup is +850, according to Odds Shark. Here are the latest 2022 FIFA World Cup odds for all major countries:

TeamOdds
Brazil+425
France+600
Argentina+650
England+800
Spain+850
Germany+1000
Netherlands+1400
Portugal+1600
Belgium+1600
Denmark+3500

 

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