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World Cup: Morocco vs Portugal – Match preview

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Ace Football team offers the World Cup round of 8 match preview for Morocco and Portugal who meet up this coming Saturday. The pre-match analysis includes the latest fixture stats and facts and a free betting tip for our readers.

Morocco are preparing for a clash against Portugal at Al Thumama Stadium this coming Saturday in what is a match in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Both Morocco and Portugal managed to qualify for the knockout stage and progress to the next round of the World Cup. Surely, they don’t want to end their journey here, and we should be in for an exciting battle. Morocco sit at number 22 in the FIFA world ranking, while Portugal enter the match on Saturday as number 9.

Team form: Morocco vs Portugal

Morocco Form

Morocco boast a fine record from their last three matches, as they ran out 0-2 and 1-2 winners against Belgium and Canada, respectively. Against Spain, they finished 0-0 after extra-time in the last 16 before winning 3-0 on penalties to reach the quarter-finals. The Atlas Lions were able to win seven of their previous 10 games across all tournaments while drawing two of the games. They suffered defeat in one of these outings.

Portugal Form

Two wins are what Portugal have to show from their past three matches, as they beat Uruguay by 2-0. This was followed by a 2-1 defeat against South Korea, before winning 6-1 against Switzerland. Fernando Santos’ side won seven of their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also losing three times.

Betting stats and facts for Morocco and Portugal

Let’s have a look at some of the most interesting betting-relevant facts based on the stats from the last couple of matches that Morocco and Portugal played across all tournaments.

  • Morocco are on a 41-match unbeaten run across all tournaments.
  • Under 2.5 goals has paid out in 3 of the last 4 Morocco World Cup games.
  • Morocco have kept a clean sheet in 3 of their last 4 World Cup games.
  • Over 3.5 goals has paid out in 2 of the last 4 Portugal World Cup games.
  • BTTS has paid out in 3 of the last 4 Portugal World Cup games.
  • Portugal have won just 1 of their last 10 World Cup games as the away team.

In-form players: Morocco vs Portugal

Hakim Ziyech is the most prolific World Cup scorer for the home team, with two goals recently. Morocco will undoubtedly rely on him to shine once again in their upcoming match. Meanwhile, Portugal will be looking to Bruno Fernandes, hoping he can add to his current total of four goals in his latest game.

Full-time result

Morocco claimed all three points seven times in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing two along the way. They endured defeat in one of the games in this run. Portugal have won seven of their last 10 games, while drawing zero and losing three in this series of matches. Morocco have gone through an impressive 9 games now without losing even once. Amazingly, the North Africans are also on a streak of 24 home matches without defeat.

Both teams to score

Morocco scored first in seven of their last ten home games. Portugal got the opening goal in five out of their last ten away games. The Selecao have been ready from the outset, scoring the opening goal no less than eight times in their previous 10 outings. Morocco scored the first goal of the game in six of their last 10 games.

Total goals

Morocco saw over 2.5 goals in five of their last ten matches across all tournaments, as they scored an average of 1.6 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals happened in six of the last ten games for Portugal, who scored 2.6 times on average in those matches.

Betting suggestion: Morocco vs Portugal

In conclusion, the upcoming game between Morocco and Portugal seems like a decent betting opportunity. Considering the abovementioned stats and facts, we have come up with a betting suggestion for this World Cup match.