Portugal vs Morocco – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips
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This match is over. Final score is: Portugal 1-0 Morocco
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Date: 20th June 2018 – 22:00 AEST
Group: Group B
Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium
In the 2018 FIFA World Cup’s Group B second round of fixtures, Portugal and Morocco face off to determine group knockout phase qualification. With another very strong side in the group in 2010 World Cup Champions, Spain, the outcome in this match could prove critical to see which team progresses to knockout play from Group B.
Portugal vs Morocco Score Predictions
Despite a shock defeat to Iran, Morocco have been solid at the back and don’t normally concede many. Betstar are offering 5.75 for a 1-0 Portugal win and that represents great value, given the Portuguese should have the quality to win but not run away with it.
Portugal may have scored three against Spain but it’s worth remembering that two of the three came from set pieces and the third was a result of a howler from David de Gea. Morrocco should be well organised at the back and this is set up to be a low scoring affair. Crownbet are offering odds of 1.71 for less than 2.5 goals to be scored.
Both Teams To Score prediction
For all of Morocco’s ability to keep things tidy at the back, they don’t offer any real potent attacking threat and will struggle to break down the Portuguese defence. Punters who think both teams won’t score can find good value with Centrebet at odds of 1.67.
To everyone’s surprise, Iran currently top Group B with Spain and Portugal in second and third respectively. Realistically, the loss to Iran put paid to Morocco’s chances of reaching the round of 16. Portugal will see this as a must win with Spain very likely to beat Iran.
Morocco were unbeaten in 11 games before the loss to Iran
Portugal have now scored six goals in their last two games
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Portugal went out in the group stages in the 2014 World Cup
In four previous World Cups Morocco have exited at the group stages three times
There has been only one previous meeting between the two countries all the way back at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, during Morocco’s famous good run at the tournament when they won their group with an exciting and entertaining brand of football;
- 1986 – Morocco 3 Portugal 1
World Cup Qualifiers
Portugal and Switzerland dominated Group B of European World Cup Qualification, both finishing on 27 points apiece with Portugal winning the group on goal difference.
The Euro 2016 champion Portuguese side secured the automatic qualification place on the final day of qualifying with a 2-0 win over the Swiss in Lisbon.
Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers
- 15 Goals
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- 9 Goals
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Morocco are African Cup of Nations Champions (in a 4-0 hammering of fellow World Cup qualifiers Nigeria) and they prevailed in a strong African World Cup Qualifying Group that contained perennial World Cup qualifiers the Ivory Coast (including an impressive 2-0 triumph), and sometimes qualifiers, Mali.
Teamwork is key to this North African team that is lacking an out-and-out superstar and their French coach, Herve Renard is a master at building team unity, spirit and cohesion.
Most of this current Moroccan team were not born when Morocco became the first African team to famously win a group at the World Cup in Mexico in 1986.
Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers
- 4 goals
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- 2 goals