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Portugal v Morocco Prediction & Betting Tips – World Cup 2018

20th June 2018 / lee
Portugal v Morocco - World Cup 2018

Portugal v Morocco World Cup 2018, 20th June – 1.00 p.m

(Full time: 1:0 – goals: Ronaldo 4′)

Portugal will be pleased with their final effort of a draw against Spain in their opener. All three of their goals came from Cristiano Ronaldo and it is a result which sets them up well to progress to the knockout phase with Morocco and Iran to come. Morocco are in trouble after slipping to a 1-0 loss against Iran in their opener, despite being the better of the two sides. Our Portugal v Morocco betting tips are suggesting that this is going to be comfortable for the Europeans.

Portugal v Morocco Betting Odds*

Portugal 4/6
Draw 14/5
Morocco 5/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 18th, 2018 at 4:39 p.m.)

Portugal v Morocco Betting Tips

Portugal had Spain rattled in their opening game and the European champions definitely bossed the early exchanges. But they still found themselves under pressure at the end and Cristiano Ronaldo had to come up with an equaliser in a thrilling 3-3 draw. They look short of any goalscoring support for Cristiano Ronaldo who is the 13/5 favourite in the bet365 first goalscorer market* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:39 p.m.) but as long as he is firing that doesn’t matter. Actually, the supporting cast in the Portugal side did a lot of good work against Spain, in closing down their opponents and getting the ball to their star man. They should have less trouble in getting on the ball in this one against Morocco and there is a good chance for the Europeans to drive towards another three points here.

Portugal are W1 D3 in their last four games which isn’t a great return and back at Euro 2016 they pretty much drew their way through the tournament. So that will raise a slight hesitation about backing them at a short price. They are going to have to step things up to really impress but if they make it back to back wins at the 2018 World Cup then they won’t be stressing about anything at all. A Portugal 1-0 option in the bet365 correct score market at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:39 p.m.) and considering the lack of winning that they have done lately and that being enough to get the job done, it is a betting tip for Portugal v Morocco that does have good appeal. If you wanted to push that further a Ronaldo/Portugal Scorecast would probably make an appealing option for this one too.

Morocco did alright in terms of performance against Iran in their opener. But they just lacked that final quality to get the win and fell to an injury-time hammer blow in a 1-0 loss. So that’s the Africans on the back foot but if they could come out with a head of steam against a Portugal side who aren’t the most expansive and get some pressure on, they could get in this. In their last six games Portugal have conceded goals against Egypt and Tunisia and so that is something that will give Morocco a boost of belief as they are the top-ranked team from Africa. Both teams to score is at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on June 18th, 2018 at 4:39 p.m.) though. Morocco are a side carrying form with four wins in their last six games (D1 L1) and probably on any other day they would have come away with three points against Iran. They have to come out and be positive in this to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Portugal v Morocco Head to Head

There has been on the one previous meeting between these two which was back at the 1986 World Cup and that was a game where the Africans pulled out a surprise win. Morocco produced a 3-1 win on that occasion and how they would love a repeat of that.

Who will win – Portugal v Morocco Predictions

This may not be comfortable for Portugal in the end. Morocco did alright against Iran but lacked the quality in the final third. They have the pace to get at Portugal, but we are backing the Europeans to find a way to handle themselves here. Portugal to win to nil is our top Portugal v Morocco betting tip.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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