Group F at the FIFA World Cup is an intriguing one as it includes two of the tournament's real dark horses. Croatia and Belgium finished second and third, respectively, in the 2018 World Cup but are barely mentioned when discussing potential winners this time around. Here we cast our eye over the entire group, bringing odds from our betting partners at Betfred.
- World Cup best: Third (2018)
- FIFA World Ranking: 2nd
- World Cup odds: 20/1
This is likely to be the last chance of World Cup glory for Belgium's golden generation. By the time of the next World Cup in 2026, Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard will both be 35, Thibaut Courtois, 34, Romelu Lukaku, 33, whilst defenders Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, will be 37 and 39, respectively.
The Belgians lost to subsequent champions, France in the 2018 World Cup semi-final and again in Euro 2020 they were defeated by the tournament's eventual winners as they were downed by Italy in the quarter-final.
In qualifying for this year's tournament, Belgium remained unbeaten in their group to finish first, ahead of Wales, Czech Republic, Estonia and Belarus.
The form and fitness of all-time record goal scorer, Romelu Lukaku could be a real concern for Belgium. Lukaku has hardly played for Inter Milan since joining on loan in the summer and has managed just one appearance for Belgium in 2022. In contrast, Lukaku scored 11 times in 12 internationals in 2021.
- World Cup best: Group Stage (1986)
- FIFA World Ranking: 41st
- World Cup odds: 500/1
Canada are set to play in the World Cup for just the second time in their history and the first time since 1986. Head coach, John Herdman had previously managed the women's team at the 2015 Women's World Cup and now becomes the first manager to guide the same nation to both the men's and women's World Cups.
In qualification, Canada topped the CONCACAF standings ahead of fellow qualifiers Mexico, USA and Costa Rica.
Canada possess two of the tournament's most exciting prospects and both Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies could prove real stars in Qatar.
- World Cup best: Round of 16 (1986)
- FIFA World Ranking: 22nd
- World Cup odds: 250/1
Morocco won six from six in the group stage of their qualification campaign, scoring 20 and conceding just once. They then defeated DR Congo 4-1 over two legs in their play-off.
Morocco head to Qatar on a five-game unbeaten run including wins over the likes of Georgia and Chile.
Chelsea forward, Hakim Ziyech is the star of this Moroccan side whilst former Wolves defender, Romain Swiss will captain the side. Keep an eye on wing-back, Achraf Hakimi. The Madrid-born 24-year-old could prove one of the standout players at the tournament.
- World Cup best: Runners-up (2018)
- FIFA World Ranking: 12th
- World Cup odds: 50/1
Croatia's ageing squad are showing no signs of slowing down as they continue to punch above their weight on the international stage. Croatia qualified for a third successive World Cup after topping their group ahead of Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta.
The Croatians have also qualified for the UEFA Nations League finals after impressively topping Group 1 ahead of Denmark, France and Austria.
Croatia have one of the oldest squads at the World Cup but in Luka Sucic, they also have one of the most exciting young prospects. Sucic of Red Bull Salzburg is already attracting some of the biggest clubs in Europe and he could make a real name for himself in Qatar.
Match Day One: Fixtures and Odds (23rd November)
Morocco v Croatia
- Morocco: 11/4
- Draw: 23/10
- Croatia: 23/20
Belgium v Canada
- Belgium: 8/15
- Draw: 7/2
- Canada: 5/1