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Portugal and Ghana play their first match of the 2022 World Cup on Thursday 24th November and will meet at the impressive temporary venue of Stadium 974 which was opened a year before this fixture and which has a capacity of 40,000.
Portugal are priced at around 14/1 to go all the way in this year’s tournament which is roughly the same odds as offered on Belgium.
The lunchtime kick-off on Thursday 24th November at the 2022 World Cup sees Uruguay take on South Korea at the Education City Stadium. However, their record at the World Cup isn’t great and other than their third-placed finish in 1966 and finishing fourth in 2006, they have failed to progress past the Round of 16 and were knocked out at the group stage at Russia 2018. They have held up a lot better in the Euro’s over the years but whether or not they have the quality throughout the squad to beat the best in the world is another question.
This will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last World Cup with the countries top scorer being 37 years of age at this year’s tournament. He’ll be eager to impress following a somewhat disappointing season domestically with Manchester United and will look to add to his impressive tally of 109 goals for his country before he hangs up his boots.
Ghana are unlikely progressors in this tournament and will do well to get out of their group which features Uruguay and South Korea along with their first opponents. They don’t have a huge number of notable players but some you may have heard of include centre-back Daniel Amartey of Leicester City and Jordan Ayew of Crystal Palace.
This is just the fourth World Cup finals that Ghana have qualified for and did so by finishing top of their group ahead of South Africa, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe before narrowly progressing past Nigeria in the knockout round.
Date of Tips: 09/05/2022
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (16:06 09/05/2022) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
These two sides have only met once before and that was at the 2014 World Cup when Portugal emerged as 2-1 winners thanks to a late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ghana aren’t the most prolific of goalscorers and so I can’t see them posing too much of a threat in front of Portugal’s goal. It’s no surprise to see Portugal as heavy favourites, currently priced at 4/7 with Bet365.
Unless you’re putting Portugal in an ACCA, I think it would be best to look at other markets which are perhaps more appealing. Portugal to win & Under 2.5 Goals is priced at 21/10 which I think is reasonable. I’d also take Portugal to win both halves at odds of 10/3, also with Bet365 or if you’d prefer, Unibet.
Portugal vs Ghana team news and line ups will be published here once full World Cup squads have been announced.