Portugal vs Morocco: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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Portugal vs Morocco Predictions
It’s not a guarantee that Portugal will win this game but they are highly likely to collect three points against a Morocco side who will be devastated to have conceded a late goal against Iran. The European champions will be looking to get back to winning ways and they will be expected to collect three points. They perform as a team and with Cristiano Ronaldo in the side, they are always capable of winning games. They should be able to get the better of Herve Renard’s side and can be backed at 1.76 with Pinnacle.
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Morocco were billed as ‘lively outsiders’ in Group B but they were desperately disappointing in their opener against Iran. Despite a lively opening 20 minutes, they faded in the second half and conceded a potentially-damaging late goal. They need to take something from this game which is far from ideal against the European champions.
Portugal took the lead and looked lively in the opening exchanges but struggled to contain Spain in their Group B opener. They will need to get back to basics in this contest if they wish to make it through to the knockout round. They conceded some unstoppable goals against Spain but should find Morocco far less threatening.
Portugal vs Morocco Score Prediction
Morocco’s defeat to Iran won’t live long in the memory and this isn’t likely to be a classic either. Portugal are the epitome of efficiency against these lower-ranked teams and will aim to stifle the opposition throughout. They will be relying upon Cristiano Ronaldo in the final third and just one moment of magic from CR7 could settle it. Morocco didn’t create much in their opening Group B game and that’s a huge worry for Herve Renard. A 1-0 win for the European champions would suit them and ease them towards qualification for the round of 16. It is priced at 4.00 with William Hill.
Five of Morocco’s six qualifying games finished with three goals or fewer and their campaign contained several goalless draws. Portugal barely conceded a goal during their qualifying and were led by the experienced Pepe. Both sides put clean sheets first and Fernando Santos is a typically pragmatic manager who will favour results over performances. It’s highly unlikely to be a low-scoring affair and backing Under 2.5 Goals is advisable at 1.63 with Bodog.
Both Teams to Score Prediction
Both of these sides can usually be relied upon defensively and both were excellent at the back during qualification. Morocco lack quality in the final third and unless Hakim Ziyech can produce a moment of magic, they look unlikely to break the Portuguese resistance. It’s 1.63 for Both Teams to Score? No with Sports Interaction.
Portugal vs Morocco Odds
Group B Standings
Portugal and Spain picked up a point each and they will be content with their position in Group B. Iran are top after collecting three points against Morocco with the Atlas Lions propping up the section.
- Portugal’s best finish at a World Cup was in 2006 when they finished fourth
- They only conceded one goal at the 2010 World Cup
- These teams played one another at the 1986 World Cup with Morocco winning 3-1
- This will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s 15th World Cup appearance. He’s netted at each of the previous three tournaments
- Cristiano Ronaldo to finish as top goalscorer is 3.50 with Sports Interaction
- Morocco have only ever won two World Cup matches. One of those came against Portugal
Head to Head
These sides have only previously met on one occasion. Portugal lost 3-1 to Morocco during the 1986 World Cup.
Portugal 1-3 Morocco – 11/06/1986
World Cup Qualifiers
Top Goalscorer –
Cristiano Ronaldo – 15 Goals – 11.00 with William Hill to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Andre Silva – 9 Goals – 85.00 with Bodog to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Top Goalscorer –
Khalid Boutaib – 4 Goals
Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio.
Defenders: Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias.
Midfielders: Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho.
Forwards: Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo Quaresma.
Goalkeepers – Mounir El Kajoui, Yassine Bounou, Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti.
Defenders – Mehdi Benatia, Romain Saiss, Manuel Da Costa, Nabil Dirar, Hamza Mendyl, Achraf Hakimi, Badr Benoun.
Midfielders – Karim El Ahmadi, M’barek Boussoufa, Amine Harit, Faycal Fajr, Younes Belhanda, Sofyan Amrabat, Youssef Ait Bennasser.
Forwards – Khalid Boutaib, Hakim Ziyech, Mehdi Carcela, Nordin Amrabat, Ayoub El Kaabi, Aziz Bouhaddouz.
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