FIFA World Cup: Portugal v Morocco, Uruguay v Saudi Arabia and Iran v Spain. Match Preview and Predictions
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA.
Portugal v Morocco
Portugal will be riding the crest of a Cristiano-shaped wave, after their talismanic captain grabbed a historic hat-trick to help his side claim a 3-3 draw against their Iberian neighbours Spain. Morocco, on the other hand, will be crestfallen after a late Aziz Bouhaddouz own goal saw them fall to a 1-0 defeat to IR Iran in their first FIFA World Cup™ game for two decades.
Morocco will be hoping for a repeat of history. The Atlas Lions have won just twice in 14 World Cup games, across five tournaments (including Russia 2018 so far), and the first of those victories was against the Portuguese at Mexico 1986.
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia
Barring anything untoward, Luis Suarez will become the sixth player to win 100 caps for Uruguay when he takes to the pitch against the Green Falcons. Since making his debut in a friendly against Colombia in February 2017, the sharpshooter has racked up 51 international goals, establishing himself as his country’s all-time top scorer.
Possible Line-ups: Uruguay: Fernando Muslera; Guillermo Varela, Jose Maria Gimenez, Diego Godin, Martin Caceres; Nahitan Nandez, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Cristian Rodriguez; Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani
Saudi Arabia: Mohammed Alowais; Mohammed Alburayk, Osama Hawsawi, Ali Albulayhi, Yasser Alshahrani; Salem Aldawsari, Abdullah Otayf, Salman Alfaraj, Taiseer Aljassam, Yahia Alshehri; Fahad Almuwallad
Iran v Spain
Iran did their homework ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. While there was undoubtedly an element of luck about their late win against Morocco, the team did exactly what was expected of them – play with passion. It was clear from the outset that a draw from the opening match would almost certainly not be enough for the Asian side to make it out of such a high-quality group. With three points under their belts, they are now at the top of Group B and brimming with confidence.