Morocco vs Portugal Odds, Prediction & Analysis - FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals

Morocco vs Portugal Odds, Prediction & Analysis – FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals

The highest scoring team at the 2022 Qatar World Cup takes on the team with the best defense when Portugal battles Morocco. The Portuguese are the chalk to get it done versus Morocco. Will the Moroccans grab the win or will Portugal dominate on the scoreboard the way they did versus Switzerland? Check out FIFA World Cup Odds, analysis, and a free pick for Morocco versus Portugal. 

2022 FIFA World Cup Betting Analysis: Morocco vs Portugal Matchup

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022: Quarterfinals – Morocco versus Portugal

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 10 at 10:00 am ET
  • Where: Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, Qatar
  • TV/Streaming: FOX 

Why Morocco is a good play versus Portugal

Morocco’s defense is incredible. The Moroccans not only play great defense, but they force shots that almost reach the net. 

Spain controlled possession 77% of the time and took 13 shots. But only 1 of the 13 shots was on target. Morocco will play a similar match against Portugal. Not only that, but Morocco also has one of the top goalies at the World Cup in Sevilla keeper Yassine Bounou. 

Morocco Last 5

  • W – 0-0 vs. Spain
  • W – 2-1 vs. Canada
  • W – 0-2 vs. Belgium
  • D – 0-0 vs. Croatia
  • W – 3-0 vs. Georgia

Morocco Predicted Starting Lineup

  • Bounou
  • Aguerd
  • Mazraoui
  • Attiyat-Allah
  • Ziyech
  • Ounahi
  • Saiss
  • Jabrane
  • En-Nesyri
  • Amallah

Why Portugal is a good play versus Morocco

Sometimes, benching your star player does wonders. Fernando Santos benched Ronaldo after the star player had an attitude in the loss to South Korea.

Benching Ronaldo against Switzerland proved to be the way to go as Goncalo Ramos, Ronaldo’s replacement, scored a hat trick. No doubt, Santos must be thinking of benching Ronaldo again.

If he does, watch out. Ramos is on fire and Jao Felix and Bruno Fernandes are also more than capable of scoring multiple goals.   

Portugal Last 5

  • W – 6-1 vs. Switzerland 
  • L – 2-1 vs. South Korea 
  • W – 2-0 vs. Uruguay
  • W – 3-2 vs. Ghana
  • W – 4-0 vs. Nigeria

Portugal Predicted Starting Lineup

  • Costa
  • Pereira
  • Dias
  • Guerreiro
  • Cancelo
  • Neves
  • Otavio
  • Silva
  • Ramos
  • Felix
  • Fernandes

Final Betting Analysis: Morocco vs Portugal

FIFA didn’t plan it this way, but Morocco against Portugal is one of this World Cup’s most intriguing matchups. The key to finding the winner is to discern whether or not Portugal’s offensive output versus Switzerland was an anomaly.

Nobody believed Portugal could score more than 3 versus the Swiss. They doubled the expected total. And the Portuguese did it versus a talented Switzerland side.

Ah, but although Portugal scored goals against Switzerland, we shouldn’t blindly back them against Morocco. The thing is, Switzerland won possession 52% to 48%.

Not only that, but the Swiss took 10 shots and three of them were on target. Portugal is an attack first team, which means they should fall right into Morocco’s trap.

The Moroccans will play possum for most of this match. Then, the minute Portugal makes a mistake on their attack, Morocco will try and counter. It sounds crazy after watching what  Portugal did to Switzerland, but the Portuguese, who have given up goals at this World Cup, could fall to Morocco in regulation.   

World Cup Pick: Morocco +460


 

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