Our 2022 FIFA World Cup betting picks continue at ATS with a buffet of Thanksgiving matches on Thursday, including a tasty Portugal vs Ghana fixture in Group H.
Cristiano Ronaldo will again grab all the headlines after Manchester United announced they will part ways with their disgruntled striker. Portugal hopes Ronaldo can find his form and team spirit now that he is with the national team in Qatar as he may be needed to take on a dark horse Ghana side with some World Class talent.
World Cup betting odds list Portugal as -250 favorites to win over Ghana, who are +750 underdogs. The draw is priced at +375 odds and the total is set at 2.5.
Portugal vs Ghana Betting Pick
|ℹ️ The Pick:||Ghana +1 (+125)|
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This game will be played at Stadium 974 at 11:00 AM ET on Thursday, November 24, 2022.
Why Bet On Ghana:
✅ The Black Stars are a bit underrated going into Qatar due to their inexperience. Ghana ranks 61st in the FIFA rankings but have talented young players in Inaki Williams and Thomas Partey.
✅ Since Opta started tracking shots per game, Ghana leads all nations in the stat category with 19 shots per game.
✅ Portugal face questions as to who will take the charge up top. With Diogo Jota out, the debate as to whether the 37 year old Ronaldo or youngster Joao Felix will get the start at striker.
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Portugal head to the World Cup with high expectations and high drama after Ronaldo conducted an explosive interview with Piers Morgan to force his exit at United. The Portuguese squad insist it won’t be a distraction but critics wonder if Ronaldo will do the same if he isn’t treated as the key man in a squad that has several players with more talent than he currently has at his advanced age.
The good news for Portugal is that Ronaldo is a beast in the group stages at the World Cup. All seven of Ronaldo’s World Cup goals have come in the group stage.
Ronaldo scored against Ghana in the only World Cup meeting between the two nations. Portugal emerged from that match with a 2-1 victory, but it wasn’t enough as both teams were eliminated from the Brazil 2014 World Cup behind Germany and the USA.
Youthful talent is the theme and storyline for Ghana in Qatar. At an average age of 24, Ghana has the youngest squad at the World Cup. There are 12 players 23 years old or younger, with two teenagers on the squad as other than the Ayew brothers, Ghana just has one other player over the age of 30.
Mohammed Kudus is one of those young names to watch on the Ghana squad as the forward has been putting in great performances for Ajax. Kudus has 10 goals for the Dutch giants, including four Champions League goals. Pairing with speedy Bilbao forward Inaki Williams in attack, Ghana has players who can give Portugal’s defenders some problems in this matchup.
Behind Kudus and Williams and leading the midfield will be Arsenal mam Thomas Partey. Partey scored a big goal in the North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this season and will look to cement his reputation as a big game player with some big performances in Qatar.