Morocco vs Portugal, December 10: Head-to-Head Statistics, Line-ups, Prediction for the 2022 World Cup Match

Alisa Barladyan
09 Dec 2022

The second day of FIFA World Cup quarterfinals begins when Morocco face off with Portugal for a position in the Semifinals.Morocco, who have been having a tournament not to forget at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, managed to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the competition so far by beating Spain. The Atlas Lions are currently in the best shape of their lives and have a chance to make history.

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Morocco vs Portugal

This year's World Cup has one of the greatest teams thus far, and Portugal has established themselves as clear favorites. The Selecao are hoping to repeat their amazing 6-1 victory over Switzerland in the round of 16 in this weekend's contest to get to the finals and are favorites, considering how impressively they put aside a tough Swiss side.

  • Date- 10th December 2022;
  • Time- 3pm GMT;
  • Venue- Al Thumama Stadium;
  • Stage- World Cup 2022 Quarterfinals;

You can watch the game in the UK on Tv via ITV1, ITVX,STV, and STV Player.

Viewers in the United States can catch the quarterfinal game live (Tv) on Telemundo,Fox Sports, Fubotv, Peacock Premium, and Vidgo.

In Canada, the match will be live on TSN, and RDS on television.

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Achraf Hakimi put the finest of finishing touches on Morocco's winning spotkick on Tuesday, ensuring hero status for all time. His "Panenka" penalty sent the North African country through to the quarterfinals while handing Spain a 3-0 shootout loss.

In order to grind out a scoreless draw and set up a thrilling finish, Walid Regragui's team had to fight valiantly against the Spanish "death by a thousand passes" strategy. In doing so, they had to sacrifice the majority of their possession, although they had more clear chances against the Spaniards. Yassine Bounou, the goalkeeper, joined Hakimi as an everlasting legend in Morocco, Africa and the Arab World, becoming the first Arab national team to reach the World Cup quarters. The Sevilla goalkeeper made two saves from the penalty spot to cement his name in history.

Morocco became the fourth African country to ever reach the World Cup championship, a feat that made the Moroccan fans who had filled the stadium in Qatar into a wild frenzy.

With the talent and dedication of Hakimi, fellow fullback Noussair Mazraoui, their center backs, and tireless Sofyan Amrabat, this Moroccan team has grown into one of the toughest defensive units in all of international football, conceding only one goal so far.

They beat UEFA heavyweights Belgium and held Croatia to a draw earlier in the campaign which helped them finish first in Group F, so facing Portugal shouldn't be a concern for the quarterfinal underdogs.

Morocco National Team Form (All competitions)- (D,W,D,W,W,W).

After benching legendary player Cristiano Ronaldo vs Switzerland in the round of 16, manager Fernando Santos was rewarded with an impressive performance by the Portuguese team, ending as convincing 6-1 winners vs a usually tough Swiss side. His replacement, Goncalo Ramos bagged a hattrick in what was his second ever appearance for the Portugal National Team. This made the World take notice and they clearly show they are among the favorites to win the World Cup this year if they keep playing like that.

Santos' team managed safe passage through the tournament's group stage as Group H champions, and with three victories and 12 goals already, they may well hope they can now win the cup for the first time . This is despite a late slip-up against South Korea when they had already qualified.

They have never reached the World Cup Final but they hope to go past Morocco and go one step closer to the prize. The squad has lost Nuno Mendes and Danilo is also a doubt due to injury, but there is little to worry since the squad is stacked with serious talent all over the pitch.

Portugal National Team Form( All competitions)- (L,W,W,W,L,W).

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Expected Morocco National Team Starting XI vs Portugal(4-3-3) : Bounou; Hakimi, Saiss, Aguerd, Mazraoui; Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal.

Expected Portugal National Team Starting XI vs Morocco(4-3-3) : Costa; Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; B. Silva, Carvalho, Otavio; Fernandes, Ramos, Felix.

Portugal are favorites to win this match with odds of 1.704 at the 1xBet sportsbook due to their rich vein of form coming into this match. Morocco are outsiders, given that it's their first time ever to reach this stage at odds of 5.75 at Bet365. A draw is priced at odds or 3.65 at Betway sportsbook. However, an interesting wager here could be both teams to score, since they will be coming for a win to get to the semis, at odds of 2.07 at Coinplay betting site.

BookmakerOdds on Morocco WinOdds on DrawOdds on Portugal Win

Even Morocco will be facing an uphill task facing one of the most in form teams in the tournament as they have a really talented team of new and experienced players who score goals for fun. This match might end as a draw if the defensive line of Morocco holds up but we certainly predict a 2-1 Portugal win.

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