Portugal v Morocco Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 20th June
Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) previews Portugal v Morocco and provides us with his best bets for Wednesday’s Group B game, analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Portugal v Morocco Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 20/06/18
- Time: 13:00
- Venue: Luzhniki Stadium
- Channel: BBC
Hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo took the plaudits in the opening round of group fixtures courtesy of his heroics in Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain.
The European Champions, who were written of by many pre-tournament, can make huge strides towards the knockout stages this Wednesday.
Andre Silva was sacrificed by Fernando Santos against Spain but could return to partner Ronaldo for the Morocco game.
Herve Renard’s Morocco suffered late heartache in their opener with Iran. A last gasp own-goal cost the Atlas Lions. They were looking towards Hakim Ziyech to provide the cutting-edge, and his task could be made harder should wide-man Nordin Amrabat miss out. The Watford-man suffered concussion and is now a doubt.
Morocco were defensively sound in qualification and did not concede a goal. Even against Iran last Friday, they allowed just two shots-on-target.
Portugal themselves had few defensive issues en-route Russia. They conceded just four goals in ten qualification matches.
European teams boast a W16-D4-L3 record versus African sides at the past three World Cup’s. 14 of 19 cumulative wins were settled by just the single goal. 8 of those 23 games ended 2-1 (35%)
Nordin Amrabat could miss out for Morocco.
Potential Portugal Starting XI: Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Carvalho, Silva, Fernardes; Ronaldo, Silva
Potential Morocco Starting XI: Mohamedi; Da Costa, Benatia, Saiss, Hakimi; El Ahmadi, Boussoufa; Ziyech, Belhanda, Harit; El Kaabi
Head To Head
- The only meeting between the nations was in 1986. Morocco won that 3-1.
Key Stats & Facts
- Portugal won nine of ten games in qualification.
- Morocco did not concede during qualification.
- Portugal 8/13
- Draw 11/4
- Morocco 11/2
Portugal are rightful favourites here, but we mustn’t get too carried away. Dare I say Ronaldo’s goals came via a penalty, goalkeeping error, and free-kick. Portugal’s best moments from open-play came on the counter-attack, but it’s possible they’ll have no such opportunity against Morocco said who may defend deep. Three-points is essential for both sides, so the game could open up late-on following a cagey start.