Stadium: Luzhniki Stadium
TV: BBC One
Cristiano Ronaldo has already stamped his presence on this World Cup and can again be the key figure when Portugal face Morocco in their second Group B game.
Ronaldo hit a hat-trick as the Euro 2016 champions opened with a 3-3 draw against Spain, while the Atlas Lions suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Iran.
This now looks set up to be an open contest, so 8/5 for the Navigators to prevail and over 2.5 goals to be scored is our main Portugal vs Morocco prediction.
A Look At Portugal’s Betting Odds
Portugal were outplayed for large parts of their clash with Spain, but Ronaldo showed why he has been voted the best player on the planet for the past two years and five times overall.
At 33 years and 130 days, he became the oldest player to score a World Cup hat-trick with the 51st treble of an amazing career.
While the first may have come from the penalty spot and the second via a David De Gea error, Ronaldo’s third was a stunning free-kick which set the competition alight.
“I think the team played very well and is going to do well for sure,” beamed the Real Madrid ace.
“We have to look to the next match now because our goal is to win.”
A Look At Morocco’s Betting Odds
Morocco dominated the opening period of their clash with Iran but couldn’t capitalise on the chances created.
After the interval, Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech then forced goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand to make a fine save from a well-struck half-volley.
However, the lack of clinical finishing came back to haunt the Atlas Lions when Aziz Bouhaddouz headed into his own net in the closing stages.
Defeat means they have it all to do to go beyond the group stages, but coach Herve Renard is not ready to throw in the towel.
He said: “In a competition where three matches need to be played, as long as there are still two matches to be played, whoever the opponents, there is still hope.
“We are in a difficult situation but many things can happen, so we need to concentrate on what we did right and things we did not do so well.”
We thought the North African side showed enough to suggest they can challenge Portugal’s defence.
That makes 3/1 for Ronaldo and Co to win but both teams to score worth adding to our Portugal vs Morocco betting tips.
PORTUGAL 3-3 Spain – Ronaldo (3)
MOROCCO 0-1 Iran
Head-to-head: Portugal 1-3 Morocco
Group B Standings