Morocco and Portugal go head-to-head in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday after both were involved in hugely memorable Round of 16 fixtures. Here are the best ways to bet Morocco vs Portugal in the moneyline, spread, and over/under odds.
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Morocco: Tournament Surprise
Morocco is one of the positive surprises of this tournament, but we feel like their road will come to an end soon. This is a nice team with an incredible squad of young players, and they will definitely play their chance against the European giants. Unfortunately, Morocco showed nothing in the final third against Spain, and it will be much harder against Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.
Morocco enters its first-ever World Cup quarter-final on Saturday, taking on Portugal for the right to make it to the last four. They frustrated the life out of a disappointing Spanish team who didn’t appear to conclude that passing the ball from side to side hundreds of times for 120 minutes wasn’t going to work.
The Moroccans will almost certainly try the same trick against the Portuguese. They produced one or two moments against Spain that show they are dangerous on the counter-attack too. The challenge for Walid Regragui’s team will be whether they have the energy to offer an attacking output against Portugal on Saturday. We love the great underdog story but can’t trust Morocco enough to include them in our soccer picks and parlays.
Nayef Aguerd looks set to miss out, which will be a significant loss at center-back for head coach Walid Regragui. Experienced Real Valladolid defender Jawad El Yamiq will probably slot in, in what is likely to be the only change for Morocco from their win over Spain.
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Portugal: Life Without Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo was not included as one of Portugal’s starters in Tuesday’s 6-1 win over Switzerland since his falling out with coach Fernando Santos after Friday’s World Cup game against South Korea. The match marked the first time Ronaldo didn’t lead his teammates onto the field as the captain in Qatar, with Pepe taking up the armband and the 39-year-old defender scoring Portugal’s second goal.
Let’s be honest and say that this was Portugal’s best match in the competition. Santos dropped Ronaldo for Goncalo Ramos, who netted a hat-trick to lead Portugal to the World Cup quarter-finals. But it was not only Ramos who stood out, as the entire team was impressed with their vertical style of play and organized counterattacks.
Ronaldo can no longer create as much danger as he used to produce in front of the goal with his pace and dribbling ability. However, Portugal does not seem to rely on him anymore, and he will probably sit on the bench against Morocco. Without their captain, Portugal was dominant from start to finish, found more spaces to exploit on the counter, and was solid at the back. If you’re betting online, you should expect them to have the same approach on Saturday against Morocco.
Morocco vs Portugal Match Information
- Game: Morocco vs Portugal
- Day/Time: Saturday, Dec. 10th, 10 a.m. ET
- Location: Al Thumama Stadium (Doha)
- Morocco vs Portugal Live Stream: fubo.tv
Morocco vs Portugal Picks & Predictions
- Worth Betting the Moneyline?
Portugal is the odds-on favorite at -145 according to the latest soccer odds, while Morocco is priced at +450. It’s been an incredible journey for The Atlas Lions, who only appointed Walid Regragui in August. In such a short time, the former Morocco international has developed a defensively resolute and surprisingly entertaining team going forward. We expect them to find the back of the net on Saturday, but Portugal should have enough to win this clash.
- Worth Betting ATS?
There’s a difference between the two teams, but not -145/+450. Morocco is unbeaten so far in the tournament and managed to keep Belgium and Spain at bay. They are rock-solid at the back and we don’t expect them to lose this by more than one goal. That’s why you should wait for the live-action and back them to cover the 1 when they go one goal down.
- Worth Betting the Totals?
Portugal was superb going forward against another great defensive side, Switzerland. If we take out the match against South Korea, when they rested many of their key players, Portugal scored at least twice in every match. Morocco failed to score in their World Cup opener against Croatia and against Spain, but we expect them to hit on the break against Portugal. That’s why we’re backing the over 2½ goals at +120.
SCORE PREDICTION: Morocco 1, Portugal 2
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.
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