Football is a funny old game. Portugal’s 3-3 draw with Spain was as entertaining as it gets, and highlighted just why we love the beautiful game so much. But actually, dig a bit deeper and you could suggest the Portuguese were ‘lucky’ to nick a draw: will they come unstuck on Wednesday in their next match? Let’s take a look in our Portugal vs Morocco betting tips.
Consider Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick against Spain in more detail. The first came from the penalty spot after the referee adjudged him to have been tripped. But it was one of those decisions you’ve seen not given.
The second came from a howler by David de Gea in the Spain goal – a very rare occurrence indeed.
The third was a moment of sublime genius; the kind that Ronaldo always seems to have up his sleeve in big matches.
But you could argue that his first two goals were fortunate, and that maybe Portugal should have been delighted with their point. One thing is for sure, the rest of their starting eleven will need to come to the party against Morocco.
The African’s hopes of progressing to the last 16 were all but extinguished with defeat to Iran in their opener; they probably now need to beat both Portugal and Spain to have any hope.
Let’s dive into our Portugal vs Morocco betting tips to see how we expect this one to play out.
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Portugal vs Morocco Betting Tips
The flaws in Portugal’s starting eleven were ruthlessly exposed by Spain in their titanic clash, and while Morocco clearly lack the Spaniards’ class they may still fancy their chances of springing an upset in Moscow on Wednesday.
Pepe and Jose Fonte were bullied by Diego Costa, and their lack of power ruthlessly exposed by the Atletico frontman. Morocco’ striker, Ayoub El Kaabi, is not on Costa’s level but is still a physical, willing runner.
Fernando Santos’ rather rigid 4-4-2 set-up was broken down with ease by Spain’s midfielders, who flitted between his lines and picked up acres of space in which to receive the ball.
Again, Morocco don’t have classy operators like the Spanish, but in Hakim Ziyech and Amine Harit they have a duo that should not be underestimated.
The point remains: more Portugal players have to perform, they simply cannot rely on Ronaldo to do all the heavy lifting. Goncalo Guedes and Bernardo Silva must chip in with attacking contributions if the Portuguese are to avoid an embarrasing result in Moscow.
You would expect them to do so against a pretty limited Moroccan outfit, but this could be a war of attrition rather than an entertaining contest like Friday’s dust-up with their Iberian rivals.
There is just about enough value in Portugal’s price of 8/13 with William Hill to win this match.
Portugal vs Morocco Betting Tips: Side Markets
Whilst we do expect this game to be something of a slow-burner, we can make a case for goals going in.
Portugal’s defence isn’t the most solid, that’s true enough, and Santos’ straight-lines formation could be exposed once more by Morocco’s capable attacking midfield players.
The African’s need to win too, remember, and that should ensure a front-foot approach.
As such, we are absolutely delighted to see Both Teams to Score available at a huge 23/20 with NetBet.