World Cup 2018 - MOROCCO I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis
Morocco is the clear underdog in Group B at the World Cup 2018 together with Iran; after all they have to overcome two title favorites with Spain and Portugal. According to our analysis there are some lucrative betting tip opportunities for World Cup matches with Moroccan participation, which we summarized for you in a compact way. An extensive glance at the roster and the course of the qualification round off our prognosis for Morocco’s World Cup participation 2018.
Content on this page
- World Cup tips and prognosis
- Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Marocco
- Roster analysis
- Qualification and form check
- Previous final round participations
- 15.06.2018 | 16:00 | Morocco - Iran
- ODDS COMPARISON
- 20.06.2018 | 13:00 | Morocco - Portugal
- ODDS COMPARISON
- 25.06.2018 | 19:00 | Morocco - Spain
- ODDS COMPARISON
What kind of betting tips have we been able to make out for the underdog Morocco at the World Cup 2018?
Even though the situation in World Cup Group B seems to be clear with the two top nations Spain and Portugal, we still were able to make out some attractive betting opportunities for matches with Moroccan participation. Looking at an odds comparison for the single group matches, William Hill’s odds of 3.90 for an X against Portugal stand out. A betting tip on a Portugal win on the other hand has odds of 1.55 at Tipico and a start-finish-victory of Portugal even has odds of 2.35.
We also believe that Portugal should win against Morocco under normal circumstances, but Morocco might stand a chance, if they are able to play a very disciplined defense and so neutralize Christiano Ronaldo. As soon as Portugal breaks through Morocco’s defensive line, however, and the Northern Africans are then forced to risk more on offense, a betting tip on total goals scored – given Christiano Ronaldo is in top form - is also interesting for this particular match: Intertops lists odds of 2.20 for a betting tip on more than 2.5 scored goals, which is quite possible according to our analysis.
Should the Moroccan defensive line stay strong though and the match turns into a defensive battle with the Portuguese stars becoming more and more nervous, it might be worth considering placing a bet Morocco not receiving a goal, which has odds of 5 at William Hill. There are also odds of 5 for Morocco making it past the group stage at William Hill. This scenario is quite improbable, however, given that the favorites perform as expected.
Surprises are always possible in the course of big football events though and extremely daring bettors may place an ambitious tip on Morocco making it to the knock out stage at the World Cup 2018. 888sport lists this particular bet at odds of 4.00.
Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Marocco
- To take 3rd place in Group B
- To lose first and second half against Spain
- To score less than 2.5 goals against Iran
Of which players does Morocco’s roster for the World Cup 2018 consist?
Morocco’s roster for the World Cup 2018 is more thrilling than one would expect at first glance. Captain Medhi Benatia, Younes Belhanda and Hakim Ziyech are all interesting players that play for European top clubs. The 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi counts as a huge young talent on inside defense in Morocco, who is on the verge of making it to the A roster of Real Madrid. The offensive midfielder Amine Harit performs very well on a regular basis for Schalke 04, despite only being 20 years old.
Due to this variable player pool Morocco’s playing style at the Africa Cup 2017 and the qualification for the World Cup 2018 was pretty diverse, when they switched between a three men and a four men line according to opponents. Medhi Benatia is a frank inside defender that organizes Morocco’s defense. He is used to play on Europe’s big club football stages and so is able to provide necessary serenity for a big event like the World Cup 2018. In our prognosis we expect Morocco to play with a basic formation with a three men or five men line against the group favorites Spain and Portugal. Only against Iran we can imagine that coach Renard will send his team in the game in a 4-3-3 formation like they already tried in the qualification for the World Cup 2018.
In summary Morocco’s national team is characterized by a steady defense that is able to compete internationally and a rather harmless offense that will probably not see much light against the top nations Spain and Portugal. In our analysis we only see chances for Morocco at the World Cup 2018 with an engaged defensive performance against Portugal, a full success against Iran and favorable results in the parallel matches.
How did Morocco qualify for the World Cup 2018?
Analyzing Morocco’s goal record in the qualification for the World Cup 2018, it’s not hard to make out the strengths and weaknesses of the Northern Africans. The defense around Juventus star Medhi Benatia didn’t receive a single goal in the course of all 6 qualification matches, not even the Gabonese and Arsenal goal getter Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang were able to score a goal against the compact Moroccan defense.
On the other hand Morocco scored 11 goals, which also made them the top offensive team of their qualification group, although this number has to be treated with caution. Taking a more differentiated look at the Moroccan goals one has to take into account that half of the goals were scored against Mali. In a heated duel a penalty shot for Morocco and 2 yellow-red cards for the guests from Mali opened the door for a clear Moroccan victory. Two late goals were only scored shortly before the end however.
Before this success in the third qualification round Morocco started mediocrely with 2 draws against Gabon and the Ivery Coast, so the participation at the World Cup final round 2018 was in limbo for a while. Morocco was only able to get the World Cup 2018 ticket in the second half of the qualification, when they beat Gabun and the Ivory Coast 2:0 respectively.
How often did Morocco participate in World Cup final rounds in the past?
The Moroccan national already was part of 4 World Cup final rounds. The history books reveal the participation in the round of top 16 in 1986 as Morocco’s biggest success. Therefore the one-time African champion hasn’t been very successful at World Cups and their last final round participation at the World Cup in France also already dates back 20 years. So Morocco’s national team isn’t under too much pressure to succeed, which is why the Northern African Eleven can play freely and may be good for some surprises.
*All odds: status 10.02.2018