Portugal v Morocco Betting Tips & Preview – Wednesday 20th June 2018

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After a thrilling 3-3 draw with Spain to kick off their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign, Fernando Santos’s Portugal will be looking for all three points when they face up against Herve Renard’s Morocco at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday afternoon. The Moroccans, meanwhile, were beaten in heart-breaking fashion by Iran in their opening Group B game. Which way will this tasty-looking fixture go in the Russian capital in midweek?

Having put on a show with the Spanish in Sochi, the Portuguese head into this one in Moscow as the strong favourites to seal the win. Victory for Santos’s troops on Wednesday would put one foot in the Round of 16. However, a triumph for the Atlas Lions would blow the race for the top two wide open. Will the Portuguese prevail, or can Morocco bounce back from Friday’s result by causing an upset in Russia’s capital?

Top Tips

Portugal to Win 3-0 @ 12/1

Portugal HT/FT @ 8/5

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Portugal Form

Portugal put in a gutsy and solid performance against the 2010 World Cup winners last Friday night. Cristiano Ronaldo won and scored a penalty after just four minutes before putting the Portuguese back in front on the stroke of half time. Santos’s side were second best in the second period, trailing 3-2 going into the final few minutes. Then up stepped Ronaldo with a stunning free-kick to complete his hat-trick and earn his nation a vital point from their opening game in the competition. Even at the age of 33, Ronaldo is one of the biggest threats at this World Cup.

That enthralling 3-3 draw in Sochi extended Portugal’s unbeaten run to four. In fact, they have only lost one of their past 19 games in all competitions. With Ronaldo in their squad, the 2016 UEFA Euro winners could go far in Russia. First and foremost, Portugal will take a giant leap towards the next round with a win over the Moroccans on Wednesday.

MatchDateScoreResult
Portugal v Spain 15th June 2018 3-3 Draw
Portugal v Algeria 7th June 2018 3-0 Win
Belgium v Portugal 2nd June 2018 0-0 Draw

Morocco Form

Morocco had been on an outstanding undefeated run prior to their gut-wrenching loss to Iran. Last Friday’s 1-0 reverse in Saint Petersburg was the Atlas Lions’ first defeat in any competition since losing 1-0 to Cameroon in June last year. The Moroccans had been in superb form leading up to the World Cup, winning seven of their last eight fixtures.

Despite dominating the ball against Iran at the Krestovsky Stadium, Aziz Bouhaddouz’s 95th-minute own goal gifted the Iranians a 1-0 win. Although Renard’s men were expected to finish behind Spain and Portugal in Group B, they would be disappointed to go out after just two games. Morocco will be praying that Ronaldo and Portugal have an off day at the Luzhniki Stadium, but we can’t see that happening.

MatchDateScoreResult
Morocco v Iran 15th June 2018 0-1 Loss
Estonia v Morocco 9th June 2018 1-3 Win
Morocco v Slovakia 4th June 2018 2-1 Win

Head to Head Stats

Portugal and Morocco have only ever squared off on one occasion over the years. Back at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, the Moroccans beat the Portuguese 3-1 in a Group F game in Guadalajara. Morocco went through the group only to be knocked out in the last 16, while Portugal finished bottom of the group.

DateHomeScoreAwayResultCompetition
11th June 1986 Portugal 1-3 Morocco Morocco World Cup

Injuries & Suspensions

Portugal and Morocco have no injuries or suspensions to deal with ahead of this World Cup clash in the Russian capital.

Betting Tips

Before a ball was kicked in World Cup Group B, Spain and Portugal were the strong favourites to battle for the top two spots. Iran are the surprise leaders, but that is likely to change when they go up against Fernando Hierro’s La Furia Roja in Kazan on Wednesday. Portugal will jump to the top of Group B for a few hours at least with a win in Moscow, and we can see them easing to three points against Morocco. The Moroccans are not a bad side under Renard, but the Iran defeat will be difficult to bounce back from. This could turn into a stroll in the park for the European champions.

Portugal to Win 3-0

Before shipping three against Spain, Portugal had gone two games without conceding a goal, keeping Belgium’s star-studded attack at bay in a friendly in Brussels in the process. After losing their opening game in qualifying, Portugal went on to win nine out of nine, with seven of those victories coming with clean sheets. We fancy Portugal to stop Morocco from scoring on Wednesday, so have a punt on the 3-0 Portuguese win at 12/1.

Portugal Half Time/Full Time

Ronaldo’s first half brace fired Portugal into a 2-1 lead at the break last Friday, and we can see Santos’s men leading at half time in this one, too. Portugal are available at the decent odds of 8/5 to be winning at half time and full time in Moscow.

Cristiano Ronaldo to Score Anytime & Portugal to Win 3-0

We’re backing Ronaldo to make another huge impact in this one, so put a few quid on Portugal’s main man to score anytime in a 3-0 win (15/1) this Wednesday.

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