Portugal’s 3-3 draw against Spain was the game of the World Cup so far and Fernando Santos’ team will be happy with a single-goal victory when they take on Morocco.
No-one would have predicted that the only European team to lose of the first 13 games played at this World Cup would be Germany while Argentina and Brazil have also suffered surprising draws.
Such results make the possibility of Portugal adding to their Euro 2016 triumph by winning this summer’s tournament more likely and they can be backed at decent odds of 20/1 to do just that.
Morocco were desperately disappointing in their 1-0 defeat to Iran when the early promise they showed was quickly snuffed out by Carlos Queiroz’s well-organised side.
However, the Lions of the Atlas do not concede many goals and they could frustrate Portugal, who are not always at their best when they have to be the aggressors in games.
They were held to draws by Iceland and Austria in the group stage at Euro 2016 and needed a Cristiano Ronaldo goal to salvage another draw against Hungary as they flirted with an early exit from the tournament.
Morocco will know that a second defeat will almost certainly mean they cannot progress to the round of 16 and they will be desperate to make a good start to Wednesday’s match.
They could catch Portugal out with an early spell of pressure with Hakim Ziyech 15/4 to score at anytime in the game.
Any team that can call on the services of Ronaldo cannot be written off and, even if they do concede an early goal, they have enough ability to come back to take three points from the match.
No team in Russia has come from behind to win a match so far but Santos’ team could well be the first.
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