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World Cup 2018: Group B Preview

- 08:05, 28th May 2018
Isco will be a key man for Spain in a group that features Portugal, Iran and Morocco in the World Cup 2018.

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Portugal
9 /5
Iran
20 /1
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Spain and Portugal should both progress from Group B at the World Cup and are potential winners of the tournament but they should be wary of a strong Morocco team.

Morocco to qualify from Group B @ 7/2 - BET NOW

The Lions of the Atlas have qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 20 years and they are very strong defensively.

In the final round of African qualifying they did not concede a goal in their six matches, finishing their campaign with an impressive 2-0 win against Ivory Coast in Abidjan.

They should have too much know-how for expected group whipping boys Iran and have the ability to frustrate both Spain and Portugal. It is not inconceivable that they could sneak into the last 16.

Portugal v Spain

(15th June, 19:00)

Portugal to draw with Spain @ 5/2 - BET NOW

Portugal may have Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks and arrive at the World Cup as European champions but doubts remain about their ability to unlock well-organised defences.

Their triumph in France two years ago was based on a strong defensive base and much will be expected of Real Madrid star Ronaldo, who has failed to deliver in the major tournaments in the past.

Portugal will expect to beat both Morocco and Iran so may well settle for a draw in their group opener against Spain on 15th June, a result which would also suit Julen Lopetegui’s team.

Spain to reach the World Cup final @ 3/1 – BET NOW

The 2010 World Cup winners imploded in Brazil four years ago and were knocked out of the competition at the group stage after losing 5-1 to Netherlands and 2-0 to Chile.

They bounced back well from that setback though and still have quality in abundance all over the pitch. They easily qualified for Russia despite being in a group containing Italy and have not lost a game for almost two years - their 2-0 setback against the Azzurri at Euro 2016.

La Roja thrashed Argentina 6-1 in March and, after two disappointing major tournaments in a row, will be desperate to enjoy success this summer.

Morocco v Iran

(15th June, 16:00)

Iran to score a penalty against Morocco @ 23/4 - BET NOW

Team Melli only conceded five goals in their 18 qualifiers but they failed to get out of the group stage four years ago and it would be a major surprise if they progressed to the last 16 this time, particularly as they are in such a tough group.

They should be brushed aside by both Portugal and Spain so their opening encounter against Morocco on 15th June in St Petersburg looks set to be crucial.

Two defensively-minded teams are unlikely to serve up many goals, with Iran 10/1 to be the lowest scoring team at the World Cup, while Morocco are available at 14/1.

A penalty may well decide the outcome although a goalless draw at 5/1 is certainly not out of the question.

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