World Cup 2022 odds: Sportsbooks money in on Morocco’s upset win over Spain

In the event you thought betting on World Cup odds can be a bit much less of a curler coaster within the knockout stage, effectively, Morocco want to have a phrase with you.

Spain, in the meantime, has nothing to say after being utterly silenced in a surprising spherical of 16 upset loss. Neither workforce scored by way of 90 minutes plus damage time nor half-hour of additional time.

However Morocco netted three of 4 penalty kicks, whereas Spain shockingly missed all three of its tries. So it’s onto the quarterfinals for Morocco and onto a jet dwelling for the Spanish aspect.

Let’s go to simply how large of an upset this was within the sports activities betting world.

How large an upset?

Within the three-way betting – 90 minutes plus damage time – Spain was a -165 favourite at BetMGM, whereas Morocco was a hefty +500 underdog and draw was +280.

Bettors who took the draw – which weren’t many, as solely 8% of tickets and 4% of {dollars} had been on a tie – acquired the win there.

At FOX Guess, the three-way betting odds had been related, because the draw was set to +245.

Within the two-way betting on which workforce advances – be it in 90 minutes plus damage time, additional time or on penalty kicks – Spain was a large -375 favourite and Morocco +260.

Jason Scott, vp of buying and selling for BetMGM, put Morocco’s victory into phrases most American bettors will perceive.

“It’s not as large as Saudi Arabia vs. Argentina early within the event. But it surely’s the equal of a 13-point ‘dog winning an NFL match,” Scott said.

And the entirety of the outcome couldn’t have been higher for oddsmakers – from attract 90 minutes plus damage time to an enormous underdog profitable on PKs in opposition to a soccer energy.

“If I was a bookmaker in Europe, I would name my dog Draw, as seeing a draw is never a bad result,” Scott stated. “Morocco winning the shootout and progressing was an extra bonus for bookmakers.”

Morocco vs. Spain highlights

Morocco beat Spain in additional time penalty kicks within the knockout stage of the FIFA World Cup.

Constructed for the futures

The rationale Morocco was a bonus for oddsmakers? Spain was among the many favorites to win the World Cup.

“Favorites had been on a good run over the previous few days since the round of 16 commenced. In fact, the previous six progressed to the quarterfinals,” Scott stated. “There was very limited action on Morocco to advance.”

Scott stated that amongst tourney favorites, Spain was one of many higher outcomes for BetMGM in World Cup championship futures. However he’s not complaining concerning the Spanish aspect heading dwelling.

“Both were winners, [but] Morocco is significantly better,” Scott stated earlier than pointing to which groups benefited most from the large spherical of 16 upset. “If, as expected, Portugal wins [Tuesday vs. Switzerland], then Portugal, along with the winner of the England-France quarterfinal, will be the beneficiaries of Spain’s departure.”

Beating large odds

When World Cup championship odds opened months in the past at BetMGM, Morocco was +15000 to win all of it. Pre-tournament, the Moroccans had been a good longer shot at +25000. Previous to the victory over Spain, Morocco might nonetheless be had at +10000 to carry the trophy.

Following the upset, Morocco is +3300 to win all of it because it heads to the quarterfinals.

Spain, in the meantime, was among the many favorites all alongside, per normal. BetMGM opened Spain at +750, and the Spanish aspect was +800 pre-tourney and previous to the loss in opposition to Morocco.

At FOX Guess, Spain was +700 to win all of it coming into at this time’s match.

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Patrick Everson is a sports activities betting analyst for FOX Sports activities and senior reporter for He’s a distinguished journalist within the nationwide sports activities betting house. He’s primarily based in Las Vegas, the place he enjoys {golfing} in 110-degree warmth. Observe him on Twitter: @PatrickE_Vegas

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