FIFA World Cup Matchday 21 – What do we know? World Cup Semi-Finals 2022

13 Dec 2022  •  FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup Matchday 21 – What do we know? World Cup Semi-Finals 2022

The biggest event in the football world is slowly coming to an end. We’re approaching the tournament’s final stages with great excitement. This series presents the latest statistics, forecasts and analysis of the FIFA World Cup Finals in Qatar 2022. This time we take on board the second World Cup Semi-Final 2022 encounter that will take place on Wednesday, 14th December, Matchday 21 of the tournament: France vs Morocco. Let’s explore and analyse the forthcoming game and help you choose the best World Cup betting strategies to give you a good run for your money. Who is value to make it to the final? Let’s find out.

 

Matchday 21 FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals 2022 

Match 62: France vs Morocco

Wednesday, 14.12.2022, 7 pm (GMT)

FIFA World Cup - France   VS   FIFA World Cup - Morocco

 

France to win (90’)   Draw (90’)     Morocco to win (90’)

8/15 (prob. 66%)             13/5 (prob. 28 %)             7/1 (prob. 12,5%)

PLEASE NOTE: The average odds comparison, source – oddschecker.com. The odds are valid on the day of the article’s publication and may be subject to change before the game starts.

 

As the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar Grand Finale comes closer into sight, France (4th in the FIFA World Ranking) meets Semi-Final opponent Morocco (22nd in the FIFA World Ranking) at  Al Bayt Stadium on Wednesday, 14th December. Defending champions against the World Cup’s biggest surprise and underdog challenger, a genuine David vs Goliath meeting. Will Morocco become the first African nation to lift the golden World Cup trophy in Qatar this winter?

 

Morocco have been the tournament’s surprise package, and each time the ‘Atlas Lions’ get written off, they stand up straight to upset the odds and live to fight another day. They have already made history in the competition by reaching the Semi-Finals with a bombshell win 1:0 over Portugal.

 

On the other hand, France secured their Semi-Final spot after a narrow 2:1 win against England in an encounter that produced nothing else but amazingly entertaining football. It was a spectacular and dramatic show that saw English captain Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) missing a penalty in the game’s dying minutes.

 

‘Les Bleus’ were kings of the world four years ago, beating Croatia 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup Final to earn their second crown. With one of the youngest teams in this year’s tournament, a team full of potential and quality, they will likely use that as a foundation for more success.

 

On the contrary, Morocco started the championship at 250/1 odds (0.39% probability) of winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup Finals in Qatar. Now those odds are just a fraction of the previous figure.

 

Let’s have a look at the latest markets and World Cup betting odds ahead of the second Semi-Final between France and Morocco.

 

France’s possible starting lineup:  Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T. Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

Morocco’s possible starting lineup: Bono; Hakimi, El Yamiq, Aguerd, Mazraoui; Ounahi, Amrabat, Amallah; Ziyech, En-Nesyri, Boufal

 

France vs Morocco FIFA World Cup 2022 betting odds

 

It looks like the underdogs are underestimated by the market yet again. We have seen several surprising results so far, and we can easily call this tournament a ‘World Cup of SHOCKS’. That being so, backing Morocco to qualify and do the unthinkable by advancing to the World Cup 2022 Grand Finale might be a value play worth considering.

 

Bookmakers consider France as the odds-on favourites 8/15 (prob. 66%) for the win in 90 minutes as ‘Les Bleus’ look confident to secure their place in a second successive World Cup final. However, Morocco have already proved their potential to defeat the so-called ‘Bigger Football Nations’. They have sent home such football giants as Belgium (Group stage), Spain (Round of 16) and Portugal (Quarter Final). Therefore, they definitely should not be underestimated.

 

Morocco, playing their first Semi-Final ever, are priced at 7/1 (prob. 12,5%) to stun the 2018 World Cup title holders in regular time, while a draw, which would force extra time, is priced at 13/5 (prob. 28 %).

 

‘Golden Boot’ contender, French forward Kylian Mbappe (PSG), is the 3/1 (prob. 25%) frontrunner to open the scoresheet, followed by the likes of Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) at 9/2 (prob. 18%).

 

If you want to take bookmakers’ advice here, they seem to favour a low-scoring game as the odds on Under 2.5 Goals are scored roughly at around 7/10 (prob. 58.8%) while Over 2.5 Goals are at 25/19 (prob. 43%).

 

PLEASE NOTE: The average odds comparison, source – oddschecker.com. The odds are valid on the day of the article’s publication and may be subject to change before the start of the game.

 

France – latest FIFA World Cup 2022 betting odds:

 

1). France to win the FIFA World Cup: 11/10 (prob. 48%)

2). France to reach the final: 1/4 (prob. 80%)

3). Hugo Lloris to win World Cup Golden Glove: 15/2 (prob.  12%)

4). Kylian Mbappe to win World Cup Golden Ball: 6/5 (prob. 45%)

5). Kylian Mbappe to win World Cup Golden Boot: 4/7 (prob. 62%)

6). Kylian Mbappe to score first: 3/1 (prob. 25%)

7). Kylian Mbappe to score anytime: 5/4 (prob. 44%)

8). Olivier Giroud to win World Cup Golden Ball: 25/1 (prob. 3,8%)

9). Olivier Giroud to win World Cup Golden Boot: 6/1 (prob. 14%)

10). Olivier Giroud  to score first: 9/2 (prob. 18%)

11). Olivier Giroud to score anytime: 15/8 (prob. 36%)

 

  • Kylian Mbappe has scored 5 goals so far
  • Olivier Giroud has scored 4 goals so far

 

PLEASE NOTE: The average odds comparison, source – oddschecker.com. The odds are valid on the day of the article’s publication and may be subject to change before the game starts.

 

Morocco – latest FIFA World Cup 2022 betting odds:

 

1). Morocco to win the FIFA World Cup: 9/1 (prob. 10%)

2). Morocco to reach the final: 10/3 (prob. 23%)

3). Yassine Bounou to win World Cup Golden Glove: 2/1 (prob. 33%)

4). Youssef En-Nesyri to win World Cup Golden Ball: 70/1 (prob. 1,4%)

5). En-Nesyri to win World Cup Golden Boot: 150/1 (prob. 0,7%)

6). Youssef En-Nesyri to score first: 10/1 (prob. 9%)

7). Youssef En-Nesyri to score anytime: 9/2 (prob. 23%)

8). Hakim Ziyech to win World Cup Golden Ball: 40/1 (prob. 2,4%)

9). Hakim Ziyech to win World Cup Golden Boot: 250/1 (prob. 0,4%)

10). Hakim Ziyech to score first: 12/1 (prob. 7,7%)

11). Hakim Ziyech to score anytime: 11/2 (prob. 15%)

 

  • Youssef En-Nesyri has scored 2 goals so far
  • Hakim Ziyech  has scored 1 goal so far

 

PLEASE NOTE: The average odds comparison, source – oddschecker.com. The odds are valid on the day of the article’s publication and may be subject to change before the game starts.

 

France vs Morocco – facts to know and remember

 

The current World Cup holders enter the Semi- Finals without any fresh injuries or card suspension concerns to contend with.

 

The pre-tournament absences of Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea FC), Christopher Nkunuk (RB Leipzig) and Mike Maignan (AC Milan) haven’t proved nearly as painful as previously believed.

 

Olivier Giroud (AC Milan) replaced Benzema as the French prime goal-scorer with flying colours. At the same time, Theo Hernandez (AC Milan) has stepped in for his brother Lucas (Bayern Munich) as left-back.

 

On the contrary, Morocco have a number of injury issues. The most concerning one is to captain Romain Saiss (Besiktas Stambul), who carried an injury into the Qarter-Final game against Portugal and had to be substituted in the second half. Two Moroccan defenders, Naif Aguerd (West Ham United) and Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern Munich), also missed the Portugal match due to their own injuries.

 

An IMPORTANT fact to acknowledge is that Moroccan striker Walid Cheddira (Bari) will not be able to help his team-mates due to a red card received in the Quarter-Final game against Portugal and is now suspended for the Semi-Final !!!

 

It’s worth remembering as well that all the yellow cards collected up to this point will be wiped after the Semi-Final match. Therefore none of the players can be suspended for the World Cup Final due to yellow card accumulation. Only players booked with a red card in the Semi-Final will be suspended for the World Cup final game.

 

France Group D games – results

 

FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Group D 2022 Final standings

Pos. Country Played W D L     GF    GA GD Pts
1. France (Q) 3 2 0 1       6       3 +3 6
2. Australia (Q) 3 2 0 1       3       4 -1 6
3. Tunisia 3 1 1 1       1        1   0 4
4. Denmark 3 0 1 2       1        3 -2 1

 

France – Australia 4:1

France – Denmark 2:1

France – Tunisia 0:1

 

France’s Road to the FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals 2022 

 

1/8 France (D1) – Poland (C2) 3:1

1/4 France (D1) – England (B1) 2:1

1/2 France (D1) – Morocco (F1) ???

 

Morocco Group F games – results

 

FIFA World Cup in Qatar, Group F 2022 Final Standings

Pos. Country Played W D L     GF    GA GD Pts
1. Morocco (Q) 3 2 1 0       4       1 +3   7
2. Croatia (Q) 3 1 2 0       4       1 +3   5
3. Belgium 3 1 1 1       1       2 -1   4
4. Canada 3 0 0 3       2       7 -5   0

 

Morocco – Croatia 0:0

Morocco – Belgium 2:0

Morocco – Canada 2:1

 

Morocco’s Road to the World Cup Semi-Finals 2022 

 

1/8 Morocco (F1) – Spain (E2) 0:0 (3:0 on penalties)

1/4 Morocco (F1) – Portugal (H1) 1:0

1/2 Morocco (F1) – France (D1) ???

 

Summary

 

As a result of the success Morocco had against three international football behemoths Belgium (Group stage), Spain (Round of 16) and Portugal (Quarter Final), ‘Atlas Lions’ would be worthy finalists indeed. It is remarkable how they have prevented opposing players from scoring in their previous games throughout the tournament and now move into the semi-final.

 

Moroccan players surely know a thing or two about their defensive duties. Nayef Aguerd’s (West Ham United) own goal in their 2:1 win against Canada represents the only time that goalkeeper Yassine Bounou (Sevilla), the ‘Golden Glove’ contender, has been beaten in Qatar. The ‘Atlas Lions’ otherwise have four clean sheets to their name.

 

We must remember that their exemplary defensive resilience was not impacted by injury concerns in the Quarter- Final against Portugal. Now, all the fitness troubles might shadow their clean-sheet streak and inspirational World Cup run.

 

France, who have only needed Kiriam Mbappe and Olivier Giroud to be in the starting eleven to win World Cup matches, will undoubtedly take advantage of that. Therefore a second successive final will be on the menu for the French.

 

No matter what happens at the Al Bayt Stadium on Wednesday night, the current Morocco bunch have already established their place in continental football folklore as the first-ever African team to reach Semi-Finals of the World Cup. They may very well try to rush themselves for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go even further.

 

Both teams have met on 11 previous occasions, with France dominating most of the encounters. ‘Les Bleus’ have bagged seven wins so far, while Morocco managed only one. Three of their meetings ended with a draw. They last met in November 2007 and played out a 2-2 draw in an International Friendly.

 

We are sure you have your own opinions about the winners and losers of each game of the FIFA World Cup Semi-Finals 2022 in Qatar. Although the odds aren’t always accurate, you can find the most updated ones on the Betfinal website: www.betfinal.com

 

So, if you plan on betting on any result of the forthcoming FIFA World Cup Semi-Final game France vs Morocco, don’t forget to look at those at www.betfinal.com

 

World Cup Finals Qatar – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

1). When and where is the FIFA World Cup 2022?

 

Qatar host the FIFA World Cup 2022 this winter, the first to be organised by an Arab country and the second held entirely in Asia. It is the 22nd edition of the tournament, which began way back in 1930.

 

The event started on Sunday, November 20, with a match between Qatar vs Ecuador.

 

The Final (and 64th match) will kick-off in Lusail on Qatar National Day,  Sunday, December 18, 2022.

 

  • November 20: Opening match of 2022 World Cup (Qatar vs Ecuador)
  • December 2: Group phase concludes
  • December 3-6: Round of 16
  • December 9-10: Quarterfinals
  • December 13-14: Semifinals
  • December 17: Third Place Match
  • December 18: Final

 

2). Who is in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Finals?

 

A total of 32 teams compete in the FIFA World Cup. 31 of them must qualify for the tournament, with Qatar qualifying automatically as a host. There are 13 nations from Europe, 4 from South America, 4 from Asia, 5 from Africa, 4 from North America, and Australia, which is a member of the Asian confederation.

 

  • Host: Qatar
  • Europe: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Wales.
  • The rest of the world: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Ecuador, USA, Canada, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Japan, Costa Rica and Australia.

3). Why is the World Cup in November?

This year’s World Cup has been scheduled for November and December, unlike in the usual June and July window. This has been done to combat the fierce Qatari summer heat, which is often more than 40°C during the period. The average temperature in November is 24°C and 21°C in December.

 

4). Are tickets for the World Cup 2022 still available?

Tickets are available through the official FIFA website. The online Last Minute Sales on a “first come, first served”  basis is currently open and will run until the end of the FIFA World Cup on 18 December.

5). How much does a World Cup ticket cost?

Four categories of tickets are made available to supporters wanting to attend the World Cup in Qatar.

  • Category 1 – is the highest priced, located in prime areas within the stadium.
  • Category 2 and Category 3 – are seating areas within the stadium offering a less-premium view of the action.
  • Category 4 – is a seating area within the stadium reserved exclusively for residents of Qatar.

All tickets are sold in Qatari riyal to both residents of Qatar and international fans, with prices ranging from 40 riyals ($11) to 5,850 riyals ($1,607).

 

Football online betting has never been more accessible, exciting and fun with Betfinal. We offer our players the best and most accurate FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar betting odds to help you choose your best betting World Cup strategies possible.

 

So, get ready for the upcoming France vs Morocco game and stay tuned for the best FIFA World Cup Finals betting tips at the Betfinal blog when the time rolls around.

 

Have fun and bet wisely with the best World Cup Matchday 21 – France vs Morocco betting odds at your favourite betting site, www.betfinal.com

 

Published: December 2022

By: Rafa

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