Portugal – Morocco FREE PICKS
Portugal and Morocco meet at Olimpiyskiy Stadion Luzhniki, in a match for this phase of the World Cup (Group Stage). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 11-06-1986, in a match that ended with the final score: Portugal (1-3) Morocco.
The team arrives at this 2nd day of Group B after a draw in its opening in this group stage, against Spain, by (3-3). In the last 10 matches played for all competitions, Portugal won 5, tied 4 and lost 1. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, they suffered the first goal 4 times, but got the comeback in 2.
The selection of Portugal arrives at this game completely motivated, since in spite of not having won in the premiere, it made a good exhibition before the great rival of the group, Spain. In that match, the best player in the field was the great star Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored the 3 goals of his team. After the tie in that match, Portugal faces the Moroccan national team and this game is mandatory to conquer the three points. So, it is expected that coach Fernando Santos plays with a very offensive strategy, looking for spaces to attack. In comparison with the previous starting eleven, at least one change is expected, the entry of João Mário to the place of Bruno Fernandes. Apparently, there are no absences of weight for this game.
The team disputes its second match in Group B, having lost by (0-1) in its first match in this group stage, against Iran. In the last 10 matches Morocco have 7 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. Their attack has scored regularly, since they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches. In the last 18 matches for all competitions there are 2 periods that stand out: they scored 14 of their 37 goals between the minutes (61′-75 ‘); He suffered 3 of his 7 goals between the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Moroccans enter this competition with an unexpected result, as they dominated the opening game, but suffered a defeat against Iran. After having lost the theoretically most accessible game of the group, Morocco looks for a good result to still dream of access to the next phase of the World Cup. In this game, coach Hervé Renard must opt for a more cautious strategy, favoring the low block and the fast transitions for the attack, mainly through the right flank: Ziyech is a very fast player in the counterattack. We highlight the importance of Belhanda in the tactical scheme of the team, which is phenomenal in the defensive process. For this game there are no important absences for this game.
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