portugal Team News:

Portugal are expected to field the same lineup as they did against Spain, although Andre Silva will be hoping to replace Goncalo Guedes as Cristiano Ronaldo's strike partner.

morocco Team News:

Morocco aren't expected to make any major changes to the squad despite losing the opening game, with Ayoud El Kaabi retaining his place up front ahead of the likes of Hakim Ziyech, Younes Belhanda, and Amine Harit.

portugal vs morocco Head to Head:

The only previous meeting between these nations was back in the 1986 World Cup, with Morocco winning that game 3-1 and claiming their first ever World Cup win in the process.

portugal vs morocco Tip Reason:

Morocco beat Portugal 3-1 in their only previous encounter, in the group stages of the 1986 World Cup. It was Morocco’s first ever win at the tournament. Portugal’s only defeat against African opposition at the World Cup came against Morocco in 1986 (1-3) – they’ve won two and drawn one of their subsequent three games against them. Portugal have not lost against a non-European nation at the World Cup since June 2002, when they lost 1-0 to South Korea (W5 D3 since). Portugal have lost only one of their last 10 World Cup group games (0-4 v Germany in 2014), winning five and drawing the other four. Morocco did not face a single shot in the second half of their opening match against Iran. Morocco had 68% possession in their 1-0 defeat to Iran, the most by a losing team in a World Cup match since June 2010, when Spain had 73% possession against Switzerland but lost 1-0. Cristiano Ronaldo’s three goals for Portugal against Spain made him the oldest hat-trick scorer in the history of the World Cup (33y 130d). His third goal in that game was also the first time he’d scored from direct free-kick in a major international tournament, at the 45th attempt. Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick against Spain in their opening match, making him just the fourth player to score in four separate World Cup tournaments, after Uwe Seeler, Pele and Miroslav Klose. Cristiano Ronaldo had scored three goals from 70 shots in his previous three World Cup tournaments combined for Portugal (2006, 2010 and 2014) – at the 2018 World Cup, he has scored three goals from just four shots. Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz scored an own-goal against Iran in their opening match, becoming just the third substitute to score an own-goal in a World Cup match, after Laszlo Dajka in 1986 (Hungary v USSR) and Petit in 2006 (Portugal v Germany). Current Portugal manager Fernando Santos has only won one World Cup match (P5 W1 D3 L1), but it did come in his only previous game against African opponents, with his Greece side winning 2-1 against Ivory Coast in June 2014.

Portugal vs Morocco Betting Prediction:

Portugal 1 0 Morocco
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