World Cup 2022 predictions: Semi-final winners projected after odds review | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors

France striker #10 Kylian Mbappe celebrates the team's victory during the Qatar 2022 World Cup quarter-final football match between England and France at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha , December 10, 2022. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP) (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP via Getty Images)

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90 Minute Money Line:

France (-190)

Morocco (+650)

To advance to the final:

France (-400)

Morocco (+300)

France is trying to achieve a rare feat in the history of the World Cup.

The Blues are trying to become the first team since Brazil in 1994, 1998 and 2002 to reach the final of back-to-back World Cups.

Didier Deschamps’ side may also be the first team to defend their World Cup title since Brazil in 1958 and 1962.

To make it to the final, France must squeeze through a brutally tough Moroccan defence.

Morocco have not conceded a single goal to an opposing player in five matches in Qatar. Canada’s own goal is the only tally against the Atlas Lions.

France has the offensive unit, led by Kylian Mbappé, to break the Moroccan stronghold in front of goal.

Antoine Griezmann was key to breaking England in the quarter-finals as he bagged two assists. He has had four assists in the round of 16 of the last two World Cups.

If Morocco try to contain Mbappe, Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Ousmane Dembele have to work harder to create chances.

France have scored several goals in every game so far in Qatar in which their first team started. France lost 1-0 to Tunisia at the end of the group stage. France played their second team for 60 minutes before making substitutions.

Morocco will provide a solid test for the French forwards, but they have proven they can do the job.

The African team will have to match the attacking intensity of France if goals break out. Morocco have just five goals in Qatar and scored once in the Round of 16.

The French defense was not unscathed in Qatar, so there is hope for Youssef En-Nesyri, Hakim Ziyech and others to convert their chances against Hugo Lloris.

The advantage on Wednesday will be France’s ability to create chances in multiple ways. The well-rounded attack could prove too much for Morocco to handle and it could end the biggest underdog story in World Cup history.

Prediction: France 3, Morocco 1

Best bet: Over 2.5 goals (+130)

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