In Group B, Portugal take on Morocco while Spain meet Iran, both looking for three points
European champions Portugal will be looking to build on the momentum they garnered from their last gasp draw with Spain in the first round of World Cup group games when they meet Portugal this coming Wednesday (20 June). Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has already made his mark at this World Cup, bagging a hat-trick in that game, and there are no prizes for guessing who the Moroccan back line will be most concerned about on Wednesday.
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Following that excellent point against Spain, Portugal will be looking to pick up their first win against an out of sorts Morocco side. The African outfit lost to a last minute goal against Iran in their first game, and a second defeat in a row would spell the end of their World Cup adventure.
That means three points is crucial to both sides, but it is the Portuguese who come into the game as the clear favourites. Looking at the simplest form of bet you can make on the outcome of the game, Portugal are priced at just 1.66 to take all three points, while Morocco are at 6.00, according to Oddsshark.
Ronaldo, of course, will be leading the line for the European outfit, and is the favourite to get on the score sheet. You can back the 33 year old to score in a 1-0 win at a price of 11.00.
Having scored from the spot kick in their first game, you can back Portugal to do the same in this match at 7.00. This should be a fairly simple game for Ronaldo and his teammates, and if you think they will win both halves you can back that inclination at 4.50.
And while there are unlikely to be as many goals as there were in the 3-3 draw between Portugal and Spain, there should still be some entertainment on display. You can back under two goals in this game at 3.00, two or three goals at 1.90 and over three goals at 4.00.
Odds: Portugal (1.66), Morocco (6.00), draw (3.75)
Surprisingly at this stage, Iran top Group B with three points after their win over Iran. Spain will however be looking to get their first win at their expense as Fernando Hierro looks to steady the ship.
Following that victory over Morocco, Iran’s price has dropped to 3.75 to reach the round of 16. Spain are still the absolute favourites, at the short price of 1.071 to progress in the tournament and 1.61 to top the group, with Portugal behind them at 2.62 to finish in first place.
Despite their heroics in their first game, Iran come into this game against Spain as the underdogs. If you think Iran can pull off another heroic victory you can back them at the high price of 21.00, whereas Spain are expected to pick up all three points for just 1.18.
Iran’s best bet may be trying to close out the game and play for a draw. You can back a stalemate in this encounter at 7.50 – you can choose to be more specific, backing either a goalless draw or a score draw at a price of 12.00, meaning a US$10 investment could bring in a US$120 return.
But given Spain’s clear technical superiority, the former world champions will fully expect to walk away with the points in the bag. They will look to set the tempo from the first whistle and you can back them to be ahead after only 10 minutes at 5.50.
Spain scored three goals in their first game, and it is entirely feasible that they could do that again. It is always a tricky business trying to predict the exact score of a game, and you can back Spain to record a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Iran at a price of just 6.50.
A 3-0 win would of course mean there will be over 2.5 goals in this game. Think that will come true? Then go for that outcome at 1.80, while the price for under 2.5 goals in the match rises slightly to 2.00, meaning you could potentially double your money.
Odds: Iran (21.00), Spain (1.18), draw (7.50)
2018 FIFA WORLD CUP FIRST ROUND GROUP GAMES
Thursday, 14 June
4.00pm – (1.45) Russia 5 x 0Saudi Arabia (9.12)
Friday, 15 June
1.00pm – (7.50) Egypt 0 x 1 Uruguay (1.57)
4.00pm – (2.25) Morocco 0 x 1 Iran (3.90)
7.00pm – (4.20) Portugal 3 x 3 Spain (2.05)
Saturday, 16 June
11.00am – (1.25) France 2 x 1 Australia (12.00)
2.00pm – (1.33) Argentina 1 x 1 Iceland (12.00)
5.00pm – (3.30) Peru 0 x 1 Denmark (2.40)
8.00pm – (1.72) Croatia 2x 0 Nigeria (5.75)
Sunday, 17 June
1.00pm – (5.00) Costa Rica 0 x 1 Serbia (1.90)
4.00pm – (1.50) Germany 0 x 1 Mexico (7.50)
7.00pm – (1.40) Brazil 1 x 1 Switzerland (9.50)
Monday, 18 June
1.00pm – (2.05) Sweden 1 x 0 South Korea (4.33)
4.00pm – (1.18) Belgium 3 x 0 Panama (21.00)
7.00pm – (9.00) Tunisia 1 x 2 England (1.44)
Tuesday, 19 June
1.00pm – (1.72) Colombia x Japan (6.00)
4.00pm – (2.40) Poland x Senegal (3.30)