Portugal vs Morocco predicted line-ups: Team news, odds and more ahead of World Cup quarter-final


Portugal will be looking to match their last-16 display as they take on Morocco in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped for the 6-1 win against Switzerland with his replacement Goncalo Ramos thriving and scoring the first hat-trick of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

As for Morocco, they are looking to become the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup; they beat Spain on penalties on Tuesday.

The winner of this clash will play the victor of Saturday’s second quarter-final between England and France on Wednesday.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of this quarter-final clash.

When is Morocco vs Portugal?

The game is scheduled to kick off at 3pm GMT (6pm local time) on Saturday 10 December.

The quarter-final will take place at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha.

How can I watch it?

In the UK, the match will air live on ITV 1, and it will stream live on the broadcaster’s new ITVX app and website, formerly known as ITV Hub.

Team news

Morocco boss Walid Regragui has got his country to this stage by being consistent with his line-up, so Selim Amallah should continue ahead of Abdelhamid Sabiri in midfield. Other than that, no injury concerns were reported after the penalty shoot-out win against Spain, though the matter of fatigue could force Regragui’s hand.

Unsurprisingly, the big selection call for Portugal boss Fernando Santos is whether he once again leaves out captain Cristiano Ronaldo. Judging by the sensational hat-trick display by his replacement Goncalo Ramos against Switzerland, the 195-cap star could miss out once more. Similarly, will he leave out Joao Cancelo and Ruben Neves, and opt for Raphael Guerreiro and William Carvalho respectively once more? Defender Danilo Pereira is a doubt, while Otavio came through the Swiss clash unscathed.

Goncalo Ramos is near-certain to retain his place in the Portugal starting XI

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Predicted line-ups

Morocco XI: Bono; Hakimi, Aguerd, Saiss, Mazraoui; Amrabat, Amallah, Ounahi; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal

Portugal XI: Costa; Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Neves, Otavio; Silva, Fernandes, Felix; Ramos


Morocco – 9/2

Portugal – 4/6

Draw (after 90 minutes only) – 27/10

Via Betfair.


Not as simple a call as it is on paper, given Morocco’s stirring run to the last eight. Portugal only narrowly beat them in 2018 – courtesy of Ronaldo’s solitary goal – and another tight affair is likely here. However, the Portuguese are fresher and are full of confidence, so they should sneak into the semi-finals. Morocco 1-2 Portugal

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