We are down to the final eight teams who will fight against each other to register their names in the semi-finals for FIFA World Cup 2022. On Saturday Morocco vs Portugal will take place at Al Thumama Stadium.
Morocco surprised everyone by defeating Spain in the round of 16 through a penalty shootout. Portugal stunned Switzerland by 6-1 and it seems like a new era has dawned in Portugal’s football.
Morocco’s defensive strategy worked wonders for the team in the game against Spain. They didn't allow the opposition to score a single goal but at the same time the Atlas Lions also failed to score and the game went to the penalty shootouts.
Luck played its part and Morocco successfully defeated the 2010 Champions and qualified for the quarter-finals to face Portugal.
It was a big risk that Fernando Santos took after putting Ronaldo on the bench and giving a chance to 21-year-old Goncalo Ramos.
The risk turned out to be a good investment and the youngster scored a hat-trick in the game and helped Portugal to win by a big margin. The win against Switzerland will give a huge boost to the overall confidence of the Portugal camp.
Morocco Team News
The Atlas Lions are enjoying their campaign in FIFA World Cup 2022. They successfully reached the quarter-finals by defeating Spain in a penalty shootout. They also defeated Croatia and Belgium at the group stage and finished their group stage as the group leaders.
Hakim Ziyech, Sofyan Amrabat and Sofiane Boufal made their comeback in the playing XI against Spain after being rested for a game. Yassine Bounou turned out to be the hero of the match against Spain as he saved two penalties.
Portugal Team News
Initially, it looked like Santos took the wrong decision to drop Ronaldo from the playing XI but 21-year-old Goncalo Ramos from Benfica scored a hat-trick and fulfilled the absence of Ronaldo. It will be interesting to see if Santos will allow Ronaldo to participate against Morocco in the quarter-final.
It was a flawless presentation of the game from Portugal's players and it seems like the team has entered a new era of football.
Morocco vs Portugal Prediction
Morocco is enjoying success in the ongoing tournament and they have played it with strong defence. However, their attack is weak compared to Portugal. We predict a 0-2 win for Portugal and it won’t be an easy game for Santos and his men.
Our experts believe that Morocco will defend for their life but Portugal will overpower the game and win 2-0. For some great odds create an account at bet365.