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19 Jun 2018 by Rob Esteva

2018 FIFA World Cup – Portugal vs Morocco Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Wednesday 20th June, 13:00

Where? Luzhniki Stadium

What channel is it on? BBC1

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-b-portugal-spain-morocco-iran-tickets/ca5911

THE TEAM NEWS

PORTUGAL

  • Portugal earned a draw against Spain after Cristiano Ronaldo's superb hat-trick which stole the headlines in the opening round of matches and they will be looking to him for inspiration once again.
  • Fernando Santos was delighted with the performance of his side and it is highly unlikely that he will make changes to the starting 11 so the likes of Goncalo Guedes and Bruno Fernandes should keep their places.
  • Any potential changes to the side could come in defence as they did look fragile but Morocco will not pose the same threat that Spain did so they will likely hold off changes until the final group match.

Predicted line-up (4-4-2):

Rui Patricio

Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro

Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes

Cristiano Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

MOROCCO

  • Morocco were stunned to lose to Iran through a 95th minute own goal after being marginally the better side and they have to bounce back here although they face a much tougher opponent.
  • Coach Herve Renard will be hoping Dirar is fit enough to start at right-back which would enable Nordin Amrabat to play further forward and strengthen the defence at the same time.
  • He could make one or two changes in the attacking positions with Fajr, Carcela, En-Nesyri and Sofian Amrabat pushing for playing time and that means Belhanda’s position is under threat after a disappointing performance against Iran.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1):

Munir

N. Amrabat, Benatia, Saiss, Hakimi

El Ahmadi, Boussoufa

Ziyech, Belhanda, Harit

El Kaabi

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

Portugal are in a similar position to Spain now in that they will have been satisfied with the point but know they now need to win both remaining matches. Morocco were uninspiring in their first match despite not deserving to lose, and they will likely come unstuck again here as Portugal will be buoyed and motivated after their match against Spain, and know they need to win to ease the pressure going into the final game against Iran.

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