England may have exited at the quarters but the World Cup continues on in their absence. On Wednesday evening, we have the second semi final, between England’s nemesis, France and the team of the tournament, Morocco. We’ve, as always, picked out an interesting looking #PickYourPunt bet-builder, which pays 22/1.
France vs Morocco Bet Builder Tips
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France to win
Even the most ardent French fan would admit they were, perhaps, a little fortunate in Saturday night’s quarter final win against England. A 2-1 victory definitely flattered Les Bleus and only a skied Harry Kane penalty prevented it going to extra time.
Now, Didier Deschamps’ men face a Moroccan side that have been THE story of Qatar 2022. The Atlas Lions have become the first side from Africa to ever reach a World Cup semi-final and are also the best performing Arabic side ever to play at a World Cup tournament.
Morocco’s success has stemmed from their tremendous defensive organisation, conceding just one goal (an own goal) in the whole tournament. Walid Regragui’s men can be proud of their efforts whatever the result on Wednesday.
That being said, I fancy the French to win this one in the 90 minutes. Morocco are without key players through injury and suspension and the likes of Kylian Mbappe (more on him shortly), Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann should have too much for them.
Both teams to score
That being said, I do like the Atlas Lions to make this extremely difficult and possibly even to take the lead. Hugo Lloris & co haven’t managed to keep a clean sheet yet and I think their backline will be breached once more.
Kylian Mbappe to score
Mbappe was kept quiet by the English and Kyle Walker in particular, but this will be another chance to display his talents on the biggest of stages.
The 23-year-old has seven goal involvements in five appearances to date and is quickly establishing himself as the successor to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s throne as world’s best player.
Hakim Ziyech to be carded
Another man who has been superb in this tournament is Chelsea’s diminutive forward Hakim Ziyech. After a bright start for the Blues last season, Ziyech has struggled to make the starting squad in recent months but has been instrumental in the Atlas Lions incredible run.
The 29-year-old can be spiky when things don’t go his way, however, and is averaging 2.2 fouls per game at Qatar 2022. Ziyech picked up five cautions in Chelsea’s colours last year and with so much on the line on Wednesday, if things aren’t going his way, don’t be surprised to see him kick off.
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