PORTUGAL vs MOROCCO

Group B – 1pm BST – Moscow

LAST TIME OUT

Portugal – A Cristiano Ronaldo hat trick earned Portugal a 3-3 draw. Ronaldo secured the point with a superb free kick, one of the goals of the tournament so far.

Morocco – The Moroccan team will be furious with themselves, losing to arguably the weakest team in the group Iran 1-0.

LIKELY LINE UPS

Portugal – (4-4-2) Rui Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Bernardo Silva, Moutinho, Carvalho, Mario; Ronaldo, Andre Silva

Morocco – (4-2-3-1) Mohamedi; Amrabat, Benatia, Saiss, Hakimi; El Ahmadi, Boussoufa; Ziyech, Belhanda, Harit; El Kaabi

PREDICTIONS

Now that Portugal and Spain drew with each other, it will be about which team can put the most past Morocco and Iran. Morocco will be seething after their first game though and this may not be as easy as Portugal may think. Portugal 3-1 Morocco

TIPS

Ronaldo to score anytime – 5/6

Portugal 3-1 – 16/1

Ziyech to score anytime – 5/1

 

URUGUAY vs SAUDI ARABIA

Group A – 4pm BST – Rostov

LAST TIME OUT

Uruguay – While Uruguay would’ve hoped for a more convincing margin of victory, they did get themselves off the mark with a win. A late Jose Gimenez winner enough to gain all 3 points against Egypt.

Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia were awful against Russia. I was starting to think there was a conspiracy going on. Absolutely destroyed 5-0 against the hosts.

LIKELY LINE UPS

Uruguay – (4-4-2) Muslera; Varela, Gimenez, Godin, Caceres; Sanchez, Vecino, Bentancur, Rodriguez; Suarez, Cavani

Saudi Arabia – (4-1-4-1) Al Maiouf; Al-Burayk, Hawsawi, Mayada, Al-Shahrani; Ateef; Al-Shehri, Al-Jassim, Al-Faraj, Al-Dawsari; Al-Sahlawi

PREDICTIONS

If Saudi Arabia play like they did against Russia, it could be an even worse scoreline for them. I can’t see them being that bad, but I do expect Uruguay to win comfortably. Uruguay 3-0 Saudi Arabia

TIPS

Cavani and Suarez both to score – 2/1

Uruguay 3-0 – 6/1

Uruguay -2 handicap – 11/8

 

IRAN vs SPAIN

Group B – 7pm BST – Kazan

LAST TIME OUT
Iran – Winning their first World Cup game since 1998, Iran were impressive against Morocco. They showed why they qualified in the first place with a solid defence and managed to nick a winner near the end.

Spain – In the match of the tournament so far, Spain drew 3-3 with Portugal. If Ronaldo’s free kick in this game wasn’t the best goal of the tournament, then Nacho’s stunning volley might be. 

 

LIKELY LINE UPS

Iran – (4-1-4-1) Beirenvand; Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, Hajsafi; Ebrahmi; Jahanbakhsh, Shojaei, Amiri, Ansarifard; Azmoun

Spain – (4-3-3) De Gea; Nacho, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Thiago; Silva, Costa, Isco

PREDICTIONS

This game could be all about how quickly Spain break Iran can down. If they can get an early goal, this could be the big victory most expect. But if Iran can hold on, which they are experts at, it could be a long night for Spain. Iran 0-3 Spain

TIPS

Ramos to score a header – 9/1

Isco first goal and Spain 3-0 – 45/1

Spain to win to nil – 4/7

– Robert Shiers

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