Portugal vs. Morocco: Will Ronaldo Deliver Another Hat Trick?
Cristiano Ronaldo established himself as the best player in this year’s World Cup betting action by delivering a masterful hat trick in Portugal’s opening matchup versus Spain. Now, Ronaldo looks to lead Portugal to their first win of the tournament as they are scheduled to face Morocco early Wednesday morning. Let’s check on the teaser sports betting lines to see what we can expect out of Ronaldo this time around.
2018 World Cup – Portugal vs. Morocco – Wednesday, June 20th
When: 8:00 am ET
Where: Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia
Stream: Fox Sports Go
World Cup Betting Odds:
|Portugal||-1 (+122)||2½ (-148)||-152|
|Morocco||+1 (-137)||2½ (+133)||+567|
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No doubt Portugal was somewhat disappointed that they couldn’t get the win in their inaugural matchup against Spain. However, a draw is certainly not the worst thing that could’ve happened. Moreover, this matchup against Morocco affords Portugal the opportunity to get ahead in the group standings. Surprisingly, the World Cup betting odds aren’t favoring Portugal all that heavily. This is especially shocking when considering that Morocco is coming off a 1-0 loss to Iran, in a game in which they were heavily favored themselves. Clearly bookmakers haven’t given up on the Moroccans yet. But can they deter Ronaldo? After all, Spain’s brilliant defense didn’t stand a chance. How will Morocco do what Spain failed to?
Players to Watch: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal CF), Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow), and Artem Dzyuba (Zenit St. Petersburg).
With an 0-1 record at the World Cup, Morocco needs an upset over their European counterpart. A loss this Wednesday would certainly put Morocco’s World Cup dreams to an end. Although they’re hopeful they can get the job done, the side also mindful of the challenge they currently faced. Ultimately Morocco might do what the Icelanders did to Messi; put three on him at all times. But Ronaldo isn’t Messi, he’s got more stature, more speed and more strength. In the end, odds makers decision to not peg Morocco as a heavy underdog opens the door for plenty of great betting opportunities.
Players to Watch: Ramadan Sobhi (Huddersfield Town), Amr Warda (PAOK FC), and Ali Gabr (West Bromwich Albion).
Portugal vs. Morocco || World Cup Betting Predictions
- Portugal is 1-3-1 SU in their last 5 games
- Portugal has scored 8 goals in their last 5 games
- The Portuguese have allowed 8 goals in their last 5 games
- Morocco is 3-1-1 SU in their last 5 games
- Morocco has scored 7 goals in their last 5 games
- The Moroccans have allowed 3 goals in their last 5 games
Portugal vs. Morocco || World Cup Betting Picks
So which side should sportsbook players favor in this Portugal vs. Morocco pairing? The odds out on Portugal make them a great straight up option. Similarly, taking the TOTALs line can be quite lucrative for this matchup. . Sign up today to make your World Cup prediction!
Score Prediction: 2-0 Portugal.