Portugal v Morocco (KO 1pm)
IT finished Ronaldo 3-3 Spain on Friday night in what will be remembered at the end of this World Cup as one the games of the tournament. Ronaldo’s 90th Min free kick was a thing of beauty and it keeps the group firmly in the balance. Spain were by far the better team but when you have someone like Ronaldo in your ranks you always have a chance.
Morocco meanwhile can feel a bit aggrieved they started their campaign with a defeat having lost a last minute goal to Iran. I felt they were by far the better team though and really should have taken advantage of their early domination. Its an uphill task now for them to qualify with two giants in Portugal and Spain up next.
One thing that has stood out in the tournament apart from the increased number of penalties due to VAR is the number of underdogs finding the net against the big boys. Iceland scored against Argentina, Australia scored against France, Mexico scored against Germany, Switzerland scored against Brazil and we may as well throw in Tunisia for good measure.
Morocco know they need to attack and they looked good going forward against Iran, the Moroccan FA took advantage of FIFA’s eligibility criteria and have a large number of European born players in their side which has certainly aided them.
Portugal are clear favourites for this game but that’s more down to Ronaldo than anything else but I don’t think they’ll have it all their own way. Young Striker Ayoub Kaabi who exploded onto the international scene this year with 11 goals in 12 matches looks their main threat.
- Morocco to score 10/11 (Bet365)
- Portugal to score a penalty 6/1 (Bet365)
First Goal Scorer
- Ayoub Kaabi 10/1 (Ladbrokes)