Portugal v Morocco Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

June 16, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Luzhniki Stadium - World Cup Group B

Portugal are looking to continue their explosive start to the World Cup as they take on Morocco in their second group game in Moscow.

Past Meetings

Morocco won the only previous meeting between these two sides back in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, with a 4-1 victory.

Team News

Portugal did not pick up any injury concerns in their draw against Spain, but Fernando Santos make look to make a tactical switch. Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes were both substituted during the Spain game, and Adrien Silva and Ricardo Quaresma could come in.

Morocco are likely to name an unchanged side from the one that lost to Iran, in their first game, with Juventus' Mehdi Benatia skippering them in central defence. Premier League duo Nordin Amrabat and Roman Saiss are both expected to start.

Portugal v Morocco Preview and Predictions

Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference as Portugal sealed a point against their old rivals on Friday night, with the rest of the side carrying out their managers game plan very well.

Morocco are likely to adopt a more defensive approach, despite their loss to Iran, and Portugal will have work hard to break them down.

A loss for Morocco will end their World Cup dream, but Portugal look to be in determined form as they want to follow up the European Championship title with a run to the knockout stages in Russia.

With that in mind, a Portugal win looks to be the way to go on this game - priced at 4/7.

The Portuguese have real goal scoring potential in their ranks, scoring 11 goals in their last five games - and Morocco have conceded four goals in their last six matches.

Portugal to win, with a total over over 1.5 goals in the game is at 19/20, and over 2.5 total goals scored is available at 6/4 .

Recommended Bets

Portugal to win 2-0 at 6/1

Ronaldo was the main man against Portugal, and with the Golden Boot in his sights, he will be pushing for Portugal to beat Morocco with something to spare - particularly if goal difference is a factor in deciding who tops Group B, ahead of the last 16.

Ronaldo to score first at 6/4

The Real Madrid star could not have started the competition better, as his hat trick against Spain has been the story of the World Cup so far. He knows that a strong showing of goals in the group stages will be crucial to him getting his hands on the Golden Boot, and he will want to continue that against Morocco.

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