Morocco vs Portugal Match Quarter Final, Line-Up, Formation, Head-To-Head, Prediction, Date-Time

Morocco vs Portugal Match Quarter Final, Line-Up, Formation, Head-To-Head, Prediction, Date-Time

Morocco topped group F and faced Spain who was in the second position in group E. This round-of-16 match was won by Morocco in a penalty shoot-out. While Portugal beat Switzerland in the round of 16 with 6-1 and qualified for the quarter-finals to face Morocco. Morocco has crossed the hurdle of the round of 16 for the first time while Portugal has crossed it after the 2006 world cup, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Morocco have never tasted the world cup nor they have entered the finals in their entire history. Let’s see what happens in Morocco vs Portugal Match Quarter Final.

Morocco vs Portugal Match Date and Time

Morocco vs Portugal match will be played at Al-Thumama Stadium on 10 December Saturday at 18:00 local Qatar time.

USA & Canada10:00 ET
UK15:00 ET
Australia 02:00 AEDT
India20:30 IST
Morocco vs Portugal Match Quarter Final Time

Morocco Squad and Line-up Against Portugal In Quarter-Final Match

Morocco played an impressive game against Spain and kicked them out of the tournament in the round of 16. Boufal who plays as a striker for Morocco showed one of the best performances in this world cup, especially against Spain, and his communication with Ziyech, En-Nesyri, and mid-fielders was amazing. Boufal played his number 9 game very perfectly. While Roman Saiss and Achraf Hakimi were best in their defensive duties. Morocco manager Regragui selected one of the best squads that have qualified for the FIFA world cup 2022 quarter-finals.

We may see the same Squad that we have seen against Spain in the Morocco side.

Morocco Predicted Line-Up Against Spain

Morocco might play in a 4-3-3 formation

Goalkeeper: Bono

Defenders: Mazraoui, Saiss, Aguerd, Hakimi

Mid-fielders: Sabiri, Amrabat, Ounahi

Forward: Boufal, En-Nesyri, Ziyech

Morocco Formation against Portugal

Morocco Formation, line-up against Portugal
Morocco Formation against Portugal

Portugal Squad and Line-up Against Morocco In Quarter-Final Match

Portugal’s starting-11 squad became the most controversial when Fernando Santos did not start with Cristiano Ronaldo. And this is the most asked question “Will Cristiano Ronaldo start in a match against Morocco?” Hmmm… Confusing. If he starts who will he replace? Goncalo Ramos, who scored a hat-trick in the world cup knockout match?

I believe Cristiano Ronaldo will start in Portugal’s next match against Morocco. Honestly, to say, I believe Fernando Santos did not bench Cristiano because he was out of form but I think this was a strategic move. Switzerland may have built a plan against Portugal considering Cristiano Ronaldo on the ground and triangle around him but Santos surprised them with a team without Cristiano and confused them. And it worked Switzerland team had no plans when they saw Portugal without Cristiano Ronaldo and this confusion conceded 6 goals to Switzerland.

Fernando Santos thought to give them a surprise, landing Cristiano in the second half but his substitute played so well that he created history and the rest is controversy.

Coming to the point Portugal will start with Cristiano Ronaldo and Goncalo Ramos will come as a substitute in the second half I believe.

In mid-field, there will be William Carvalho, Neves, and Silva while in defense we have one of the best defenders like Pepe and Mendis. Rubin Dias and Cancelo will join them.

The predicted lineup for Portugal against Morocco

Goalkeeper: Diago Costa

Defenders: Pepe, Rubin DIas, Cancelo, Mendis

Midfielders: Carvalho, Neves, Silva

Forward: Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandez, Felix

Portugal Formation against Morocco

Portugal Squad and Line-up Against Morocco In Quarter-Final Match
Portugal Squad and Line-up Against Morocco In Quarter-Final Match

Morocco vs Portugal Head-to-head

Morocco has faced Portugal 2 times in the past of which both teams have won 1 match each and surprisingly both matches were FIFA world cup matches.

11 Jun 1986Portugal v MoroccoL1-3FIFA World Cup
20 Jun 2018Portugal v MoroccoW1-0FIFA World Cup
Morocco vs Portugal head-to-head

Analyzing history both teams have the same advantage over each other.

Morocco vs Portugal Quarter-Final Match Prediction

This world cup is full of surprises and unpredictable, but still, I predict Portugal to win over Morocco and the score might be Morocco 1-3 Portugal.

Fans need to see Cristiano Ronaldo in bigger matches like Semi-finals and Finals. That’s not the reason I am predicting Portugal to win, but they have convinced me to bear them till the semi-finals. Morocco is also a good team but experience does matter on big stages like world cups. Portugal’s team and coach have the experience to play on the big stage like Euro cups, and World cups but comparatively, I believe Morocco has less advantage over Portugal on big stages.

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