Portugal vs Morocco – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips

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This match is over. Final score is: Portugal 1-0 Morocco

Next Portugal match: Iran vs Portugal

Next Morocco match: Spain vs Morocco

 

Portugal 1.53 | Draw 3.75 | Morocco 7.00

 

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Date: 20th June 2018 – 22:00 AEST
Group: Group B
Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium
TV: TSN

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.

 
The Portuguese and Moroccans suffered contrasting fates in both of their opening games of the World Cup. Portugal were able to snatch a point with a last-minute goal while Morocco lost in the 95th minute against Iran. Portugal should be able to kick on and win this time around; Bet365 have the Portuguese at 1.60 to claim all three points.

Match Odds

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.

Over/Under Prediction

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.

 

Group Standings

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.

 

Statistics

 

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

 

Head-to-Head Record

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

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

Cristiano Ronaldo

Andre Silva

Morocco

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

Khalid Boutaib

Hakim Ziyech

  • 2 goals

 

Portugal 1.53 | Draw 3.75 | Morocco 7.00

 

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