France v Morocco World Cup prediction, tips, team news, kick-off time and date

Can the Atlas Lions make even more history?


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France must overcome the surprise package of Qatar 2022 if they are to keep their dream alive of becoming the second team in history to retain the World Cup.

Didier Deschamps’ side progressed to the last four with a 2-1 victory over England and were lucky to avoid extra time after Harry Kane blasted his second penalty of the game over the bar.

Brazil’s crop of 1962 were the last world champions to successfully defend the trophy and it’s fair to say France’s next opponents know a thing or two about making history.


Morocco became the first African nation to reach the semi-finals at a World Cup after grinding out a 1-0 victory over Portugal in the last round.

Youssef En-Nesyri’s sublime header downed Cristiano Ronaldo and co, but the Atlas Lions’ progress in Qatar has been built on a solid defence having conceded just once in five games.

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France v Morocco date and kick-off time

France v Morocco is scheduled to kick off at 19:00 GMT on Wednesday, December 14. You can watch the match live on BBC One and RTÉ2.

France v Morocco team news and predicted lineups

France boss Didier Deschamps has no fresh injury concerns or suspensions and is set to pick the same XI that started against England.

Morocco face the prospect of being without skipper Romain Saiss due to the hamstring problem that forced him off against Portugal. Fellow defender Nayef Aguerd is also a doubt after missing the last match through injury. Striker Walid Cheddira is suspended after picking up two yellow cards as a late substitute in the quarter-finals.

France predicted lineup: Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T. Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

Morocco predicted lineup: Bono; Hakimi, El Yamiq, Dari, Mazraoui; Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal

France v Morocco odds

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France v Morocco betting tips

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France v Morocco prediction

Thommo: You have to side with France in this semi-final against Morocco, however, the African side have been the surprise package of this World Cup. They beat Belgium and drew with Croatia in their group games and they knocked Spain out in the Round of 16 before seeing off Portugal.

France should have enough to win but they have to score first. A team hasn’t scored first against Morocco and that could be the key.

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