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Morocco World Cup Betting Preview: Latest odds, squad and tournament history

15:34 SAST 2018/05/23
Herve Renard Morocco
Drawn alongside Spain, Portugal and Iran in Group B, Herve Renard's compact side men look unlikely to progress beyond the first stage in Russia

Defence is likely to be the name of the game for Morocco at the World Cup after a watertight journey to Russia.

The bookmakers aren't expecting much success for the Atlas Lions, who are seen as the weakest African team according to the latest odds.

Qualification for the 2018 World Cup

Qualification was straightforward for Herve Renard's men. The experienced coach guided his side to the top of Group C where they kept six consecutive clean sheets, although three of those matches ended 0-0.

That lack of cutting edge could well prove their undoing against Spain and Portugal.

World Cup History

It's been a 20-year absence from the World Cup with the African nation failing to secure a place at the finals since back-to-back group stage exits in 1994 and 1998.

Their best performance came at Mexico 86 where Morocco topped Group B ahead of Paraguay, Mexico and Iraq.

The tournament ended in last 16 heartbreak though, courtesy of a West Germany side who went on to the final, eventually losing 3-2 to Argentina.

2018 World Cup Squad

GK DEF MID ST
Yassine Bounou Badr Banoun Youssef Ait-Bennasser Aziz Bouhaddouz
Mounir El Kajoui Mehdi Benatia Sofyan Amrabat Khalid Boutaib
Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti Manuel da Costa Nordin Amrabat Mehdi Carcela
  Nabil Dirar Younes Belhanda Ayoub El Kaabi
  Achraf Hakimi Mbark Boussoufa  
  Hamza Mendyl Karim El Ahmadi  
  Romain Saiss Faycal Fajr  
    Amine Harit  
    Hakim Ziyech  

Latest World Cup odds

Market Price
To win the World Cup 500/1 (501.0)
To make the World Cup final 150/1 (151.0)
To win Group B 16/1 (17.0)
To qualify from Group B 4/1 (5.0)
To be the top African team 13/2 (7.50)