Defending World Cup champion France is one win away from punching their ticket to the finals once again, but plucky underdog Morocco is riding a wave of momentum after making it further in the tournament than any African nation ever has. With the last semifinal match to decide who faces Argentina in the final now set for Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET, it’s time to take a look at the best World Cup odds for the upcoming game.
World Cup Semifinal Odds
France vs. Morocco, Wednesday, 2 p.m. ET
- Moneyline (Regular Time): France (), Morocco ()
- Spread: France (), Morocco ()
France came into this World Cup as one of the biggest favorites, and so far the squad has looked nothing short of spectacular. Its 2-1 win over England in the quarterfinals showed that the team has more scoring threats than just Kylian Mbappe, who is currently tied with Argentina’s Lionel Messi as the top goalscorers in this tournament with five. While Mbappe continues to be a lethal finisher, French forward Antoine Griezmann has created more scoring chances than any other player in this World Cup, and Olivier Giroud has excelled as the man who gets free in front of the net while defenses are keying on Mbappe.
Morocco deserves to be the underdog here, but that’s a role this team has gotten very comfortable with lately. This squad has been underestimated and overlooked throughout the tournament, only to surprise foes with an opportunistic offense and a defense that’s looked almost impossible to crack at times. Morocco has allowed just one goal in this entire tournament so far, and none since advancing to the knockout phase.
One major concern for Morocco here will be injuries. Team captain Romain Saiss had to be stretchered off the field in the second half of the match against Portugal, while Naif Aguerd and Noussair Mazraoui missed that match entirely due to injuries. Morocco will also be without forward Walid Cheddira, who was sent off on a red card during the Portugal match.
Still, a strength of this team is its depth. Unlike some of the other star-centric teams in the tournament, Morocco hasn’t gotten here by relying too heavily on any one player. But against France, the defense will have to be flawless. This French team is playing with a ton of confidence, and it’s brimming with offensive firepower. If Morocco starts giving up good chances early on, that could spell doom.
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Odds to Score A Goal
The favorite to score at some point in this match is still Mbappe, who was going off at +135 on FanDuel as of Tuesday afternoon. Giroud wasn’t far behind at +195. Griezmann was listed at +270.
Both Teams to Score
As offensively potent as France is, this is also a team that will give up some scoring opportunities from time to time. It’s just a question of whether Morocco can capitalize, especially since defense has been so much of the team’s focus. Unibet and BetRivers had +133 odds on both teams to get at least one goal, as of Tuesday.