Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Morocco will go to the World Cup in Qatar on a high after impressive performances in the African qualifying rounds, defeating DR Congo 5-2 on aggregate in the play-offs.
This will be Morocco’s sixth appearance in the tournament, although they have never made it past the round of 16.
Last time out at Russia in 2018, they failed to win a single game, something that has occurred for them at the World Cup on three occasions.
Hakim Ziyech and Achraf Hakimi have been stand-out performers for Morocco in recent years and are the best of a promising group of players.
Hakimi plays his football for the Parisian giants PSG and won the French Ligue 1 title this year.
Ziyech, who made his name at Ajax, earnt a move to London club Chelsea, with whom he has since won a Champions League trophy.
Morocco Team Odds To Win World Cup
Morocco is a promising team, but it would take something truly spectacular for them to lift the World Cup trophy.
As such they have been priced at 250/1 (+25000) to end the tournament as champions. If they were to achieve this improbable feat, they would become the first African nation to lift the trophy.
Morocco will meet Belgium, Croatia, and Canada in Group F, and they are the outright group underdogs along with Canada. Morocco is priced at 15/2 (+750) to win the group.
Belgium is the strongest team in the group and will be a serious contender to be crowned world champions in Qatar.
Although Croatia reached the final in 2018, they have an aging squad of which Morocco may be able to take advantage.
Progressing through the group surely must be the aim for this Moroccan team, who certainly have the potential to do so. They are currently priced at 2/1 (+200) to advance out of Group F.
Reaching the quarter-finals would be the best World Cup performance in Morocco’s history, and they are priced at 11/1 (+1100) – original odds: 6/1 (+600) – to achieve such a feat.
With the players they have this would certainly be an impressive achievement, but nevertheless, something that is possible if they are at their best. They are 30/1 (+3000) – original odds: 16/1 (+1600) – to go one better and reach the semi-finals.
How To Bet On Moroccan Team In Qatar
It is a good idea to have an understanding of the different types of bets that can be placed as we approach the start of the competition this winter.
There are many different types of markets you may wish to make use of to bet on the Atlas Lions.
In order to make the most effective use of your money, it is important to know which bets to place at the right time.
To help you do this we have put together a list of some of the most common and popular types of bets, with explanations and examples for each one.
Player Prop Bets
When Morocco plays, you may wish to bet on star player Hakim Ziyech to score in the first half or to get an assist.
These are examples of player prop bets, which are bets on a player’s individual performance during any given match.
Team Prop Bets
During a Morocco match, you may decide you want to place a bet on an aspect of the Moroccan team’s performance that isn’t necessarily related to the end result of the match.
For example, you could bet on them to keep a clean sheet, score first, or whether they will receive a red card.
The Asian handicap bet is another interesting market that you may want to consider.
This market brings the odds closer together by giving a virtual handicap to one of the teams who are deemed the favourites.
This means that one team is leading by a certain number of goals from kick-off, and it eliminates the possibility of a draw.
Morocco will be the underdogs when they take on Belgium in Qatar. The handicap for this match could be three and a half goals, with Belgium on -3.5 goals and Morocco on +3.5 goals.
With the handicap applied, in order for your bet on Morocco to be successful, you need them to lose by less than three goals or even draw or win the match. Belgium 4-1 Morocco would be a winning result for your bet.
When Morocco play Canada at the World Cup, you might expect there to be plenty of goals in this game. You could therefore place a bet for there to be more than 3.5 goals scored.
This is an example of a goal lines bet, which allows a punter to wager on the total number of goals they think will be scored in a game.
Whenever Morocco plays this winter, the bookmaker will predict how many goals will be scored in their games.
You will be able to use a totals bet to wager on whether you think there will be more or fewer goals scored in one of their games than the number predicted by the bookmaker.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Morocco
Knowing about all these types of markets is only useful if you know the process of placing a bet.
The first step in betting on any of Morocco’s games is to open an account with an online bookmaker.
Once you have found a bookmaker with an enticing promotion or the best odds that you like the look of, it is time to register an account.
When you have an account, add the bet you are looking to wager on to your online betting slip before placing it. Here is a simple process that you can follow to do just that:
- Select the odds you would like to place a wager on before adding them to your online betting slip.
- Decide how much money you want to put down for the bet before entering this figure in the appropriate area.
- To place the bet, make sure you have put sufficient funds in your account.
- You are now ready to hit the ‘place bet’ button or similar. You will then receive a confirmation on your on-screen betting slip that the bet has been placed.
- Keep an eye on your betting slip during the 90 minutes of the Morocco game that you bet on as you might be offered ‘cash out’ options that you could take.
Morocco Team Overview For Qatar
Morocco enjoyed a comprehensive route in African qualifying, in which they maintained a perfect record in their group, winning six out of six matches and brushing aside DR Congo in the play-offs.
If they can maintain this stellar form come the World Cup this winter, they will be in real contention to progress from their group and reach only their second-ever round of 16.
Morocco has had international success in continental tournaments, winning the two most recent African Nations Championships in 2018 and 2020, and winning the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 1976.
In their most recent AFCON campaign, they topped their group but lost in the quarter-finals to Egypt.
Although Morocco put in some good performances, they went into the tournament as one of the favourites to win and would have hoped to advance further in the tournament.
Key Football Players
Morocco is home to star performers from some of Europe’s top clubs.
Although they do not have the same wide array of talent as teams like France and Brazil, they are a solid team with some technically gifted players.
Hakim Ziyech plays his club football in attacking midfield for Chelsea. He earnt a move to the London giants after four years with Ajax in which he helped them to a Champions League semi-final and Dutch Eredivisie titles.
Since his move to Chelsea, he has won the Champions League but hasn’t been able to show the consistency in his performances that he would have liked. As such he has often featured from the bench over his two years at the club.
However, his technical prowess and passing ability are clear for all to see and will provide a much-needed creative spark for Morocco in Qatar.
Joining Ziyech in attacking midfield is the highly talented Sofiane Boufal. He now plays in the French Ligue 1 for Angers, but previously was at Southampton, who play in the English Premier League.
Like Ziyech, he is an accomplished player with great technique and ability, but he failed to maintain any consistency in English football.
He showed flashes of brilliance, most notably winning the 2018 Premier League Goal of the Season award with a mesmerising solo run and cool finish.
If he can bring more moments like this to the tournament this winter, Morocco could have the potential to upset any team.
The mercurial midfielders Adel Taarabt of Benfica and Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina have also been a crucial part of the Moroccan midfield in recent years.
In defence is where Morocco truly excels. PSG’s Achraf Hakimi, who came through the Real Madrid youth academy, is considered one of the best full-backs in world football and possesses considerable pace.
He will surge up and down the right flank and provide as much in attack as he does in defence.
In the centre of defence is Romain Saïss, who plays for Besiktas.
Noussair Mazraoui is another highly-rated defender whose stellar performances for Ajax last season earnt him a move to Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Watford midfielder Imran Louza has been ruled out of this year’s tournament after sustaining an ankle injury against Millwall.
Otherwise, Vahid Halilhodzic has a clean bill of health as his side gear up for their tournament opener against Croatia.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Morocco are managed by Vahid Halilhodzic, an experienced coach who has worked with numerous national teams including Japan, Algeria and Ivory Coast.
He also worked extensively in French football and has managed PSG, Lille and Nantes among others.
He guided Morocco through qualification comfortably and will hope to bring some of this form to the tournament this winter.
Stéphane Gilli and ex-Aston Villa and Coventry player Mustapha Hadji join Halilhodzic as assistant managers, whilst Laurent Weber takes on the role of goalkeeper coach.
Morocco Team Road To Qatar
Morocco maintained a perfect record in their qualifying group, winning six out of six games and scoring 20 goals whilst only conceding once.
Despite impressive attacking and defensive records, they did not meet any real challengers and it would have been a shock if they did not make it past this stage.
Nevertheless, the professional manner in which they conducted themselves and got the job done was admirable.
In the playoffs, they met DR Congo and came from behind to draw 1-1, courtesy of a Tarik Tissoudali strike.
After a somewhat lackluster performance in this game in which they only managed two shots on target, they turned up the heat in the second leg, sweeping aside DR Congo with an impressive 4-1 win.
It was not only the scoreline that was impressive but also the manner in which they played, as they registered 12 shots on target in a dominant attacking display.
Repeating performances like this in Qatar this winter will be the goal for the Moroccan team.
Morocco’s World Cup History
In 1970, Morocco became the first African nation to appear at a World Cup after taking part in a qualification process.
Egypt previously played in 1934 but was not required to take part in any qualification rounds.
Morocco has played at the World Cup finals a total of five times but has only managed to progress from the group on one occasion in 1986.
At this tournament, surprisingly they managed to win their group which included England, Portugal, and Poland.
However, they were narrowly knocked out in the round of 16 by West Germany due to a goal right at the end of regulation time.
They became the first African and Arab nation to progress past the first round of a World Cup.
At their first appearance in the tournament in 1970, Morocco drew 1-1 with Bulgaria in their final game of the group after already being eliminated.
This was the first point ever achieved by an African national team at the World Cup.
The Moroccan fans attend every game kitted out in all-red to match the strip of their team that they follow so passionately.
The Moroccan club Raja Casablanca has been deemed by some to have the craziest and most energetic fans in world football. They are well organised, coordinated, and occasionally violent.
The support for this club is brought to the national team by their fans
They are vocal and passionate, cheering on the effort made by the players and giving them a powerful boost whenever the supporters are in the stands.