Portugal vs Morocco
Portugal took a point to the probably the most interesting game of the first round. They had a 3:3 draw against the Spaniards. Despite having the lead twice in the first halftime they had to be satisfied with a point taken as the equalizer came only a few minutes before the full-time whistle.
Ronaldo brought them into the lead from the penalty kick in the fourth minute, while Costa equalized later in the first halftime. Just before the halftime whistle, Cristiano scored another goal, while the Spaniards reacted with even better performance in second. Costa again and Nacho reverted the scoreline while the overall impression is that they deserved all three points.
Thanks to a free-kick taken by Ronaldo in the 88th minute, the Portuguese earned so much needed point. After a point taken in first round, Portuguese remain favorites in next two matches against Morocco and Iran and surely will want to impress and already thinking about the goal difference. After taking a point as underdogs against Spain they now have a great chance to end up first at the table.
Portugal should start in a 4-4-2 formation with Guedes and Ronaldo as forwards. No big changes are expected in the team in comparison to 3:3 draw against Spain.
Morroco suffered narrow 1:0 defeat in the first round to Iran. It was far away from a deserved defeat and surely came in a heartbreaking way as they conceded an own goal in the fifth minute of added time.
They had the vast majority of ball possession and looked overall better than the opponents - but still couldn't create good enough goal scoring chances. On contrary, Iranians were waiting for their chances and tried to be more dangerous via counter-attacks.
After the defeat against Iran, there's no more space left for the Africans to calculate and even though it's so unlikely - the side needs to seek for a victory here.
Morocco is set to start in a version of a 4-2-3-1 formation. Kaabi should lead them in the attack. Ziyech, Belhanda, and Harit should be their offensive midfielders. Offensive Nordin Amrabat is ruled out with a concussion in the first game against Iran. Nabil Dirar is doubtful for this one.
- Portugal have scored at least 2 goals in 9 of their last 10 matches (FIFA World Cup).
After Morocco suffered dramatic and late defeat to Iran, in a game that was a must-win situation for them - I can't see them being especially improved here. Portuguese are a couple of classes above.
Portugal vs Morocco prediction
Portugal Wins @ 1.64 with Bet365