Portugal prepares to lock horns with Ghana in a hotly anticipated Group H opener on November 24 in Qatar. Portugal qualified for their sixth successive World Cup and will be hotly tipped favorites to claim all three points against Ghana.
Ranked 9 in the FIFA rankings, Portugal is the clear favorite at -165 to win the group and will be hoping to get off the mark with a solid win over Ghana.
Fernando Santos’ men were forced to come through the play-offs for a shot at Qatar – beating Turkey and North Macedonia having finished runners-up to Serbia in the group stage.
Portugal is not heralded for their high goal-scoring ability – so a win and under 2.5 goals and Ghana not to score at -110 as our opening Portugal vs. Ghana prediction.
Check here for the full rundown on the World Cup betting odds, the two teams’ head-to-head record and where and what time the match is on locally.
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Portugal embarked on an emphatic 2018 Russia World Cup group campaign – with Ronaldo scoring 4 of the 6 goals, with a memorable hat trick against Spain in a 3-3 battle.
However, Seleção das Quinas struggled against a resilient Uruguay squad in the last 16 – falling short to 2 goals from Edinson Cavani.
Portugal had not progressed out of the group stage prior to the 2018 World Cup since 2006 – where they lost to France in the semi-finals.
However, Portugal has a wealth of Premier League talent in their squad such as Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, Bruno Fernandes and Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix.
The Black Stars also can unleash their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo – who can instantly turn a game on its head. We are backing a 1-0 win for Portugal at +450 against Ghana.
Meanwhile, Ghana, who have steadied up the ranks with the services of former Newcastle and Brighton manager Chris Hughton – who comes in as a technical director – found it difficult to find the net in their qualifying campaign – finding the net only 7 times.
Only once did Otto Addo’s side see more than one goal through qualifying and that was against African counterparts Zimbabwe – a nation not renowned for its footballing prowess.
The Black Stars failed to qualify for the 2018 Russia World Cup but did make an impressive quarter-final appearance at the 2010 South Africa World Cup against Uruguay – falling agonizingly short on penalties.
As poor as Ghana is at putting the ball in the back of the net, they do have Arsenal’s lynchpin Thomas Partey – who is one of the biggest midfielders in the business.
Ghana will be a hard troupe to break down and a goalless first half is priced at +150.
Portugal vs. Ghana Head-To-Head
The two sides have only met once before at the 2014 World Cup, where Portugal beat Ghana 2-1 courtesy of a goal from Cristiano Ronaldo and an own goal by John Boye.
Portugal vs. Ghana Match Information
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Stadium 974
Portugal vs. Ghana Time By State
ET: 11:00 AM
CT: 10:00 AM
MT: 9:00 AM
PT: 8:00 AM
Portugal vs. Ghana Predictions
BETUS in the US has made its predictions for this match. Portugal arrives into the contest as the -120 favorite and will have every intention of proving the bookies correct. We’d even go as far as to tip Portugal to win Group H at -165.
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