Portugal will host Ghana in Group H of the FIFA World Cup.
The match will start at 4 p.m. GMT on Thursday, 24 November 2022. The match venue is Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, ad-Doha, Doha.
Latest odds on betting sites
Portugal to win odds are priced at 1.60 (-167; American ⅗ Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 5.00 (+400; 4/1), while Ghana to win odds are priced at 9.00 (+800; 7/1)
The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Portugal— 69%, draw — 20%, Ghana — 11%.
Latest betting odds on Portugal vs Ghana (24 November 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Under 2.5 goals — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
- Asian handicap (-0.25) on Portugal — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
- Asian handicap (+0.25) on Ghana — 1.60 (-167; 3/5)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
- Both teams to score (No) — 2.00 (+100; 1/1)
Match preview and statistics
Portugal was knocked out of the 2018 World Cup in the round of 16 after suffering a defeat to Uruguay. The Selection of the Shields qualified for the World Cup with play-offs after failing to finish top of their qualifiers group. Portugal finished second in their Nations League group with 10 points as they scored 11 goals while conceding three goals.
Portugal has won five of their last eight matches as they look to get a win when they play Ghana in the opening game. Cristiano Ronaldo has dominated the news in recent days after he left Manchester United due to a recent interview he had about the club. The Portuguese starman will be leading the attacking line when they face Ghana.
Portugal has top options in the attacking phase with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Rafael Leao, Bernardo Silva and others. The attacking options are very solid as they will want to utilise their abilities to break down the Ghanaian defence. Pepe and Dias will be the most likely centre-back partnership with Dalot and Mendes as a full-back, Portugal looks solid in every aspect and will most likely torment the Ghanaian defence as they are looking to get a win in their first game.
Portugal team news: All players are fit and available
Ghana was knocked out of the 2014 World Cup in the quarter-finals after they suffered a defeat to Uruguay on penalties. The Black Stars were absent during the 2018 World cup as they failed to qualify for the tournament. Ghana got a victory over Nigeria in the qualifiers as they made it to the World Cup.
The Ghanaian national team called up Athletic Bilbao star man Inaki Williams for the World Cup. Williams will be looking to lead the attacking line when they face Portugal in their opening game of the World Cup. Inaki alongside the Ayew brothers can cause damage to the Portuguese defence as they have a combination of speed and strength.
Mohammed Salisu of Southampton and Daniel Amartey will partner in defence as they look to stop the attacking threat of Portugal. The Ghanaian defence will have to do a lot of work to stop Portugal's quality in the attacking phase. The Blck Stars will most likely rely on the counterattack as they sit back to defend deep.
Ghana team news: All players are fit and available
Portugal vs Ghana H2H
Portugal got a 2-1 win over Ghana in the 2014 World Cup.
Projected lineups and key players
Portugal projected starting lineup:
- Diogo Costa
- Diogo Dalot
- Ruben Dias
- Raphael Guerreiro
- Ruben Neves
- William Carvalho
- Bruno Fernandes
- Bernardo Silva
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Rafael Leao
Cristiano Ronaldo is Portugal’s greatest player of all time. The Portuguese international will be looking to start the World cup with a bang. Ronaldo is the highest goalscorer in Portugal’s history with 117 goals in 191 games. The Portuguese star player was key in their last World Cup and will want to win what is supposedly his last World Cup.
Ghana projected starting lineup:
- Ati Zigi
- Tariq Lamptey
- Daniel Amartey
- Mohammed Salisu
- Baba Rahman
- Thomas Partey
- Andre Ayew
- Kamaldeen Sulemana
- Mohammed Kudus
- Jordan Ayew
- Inaki Williams
Inaki Williams will be making his competitive debut when they play Portugal in their opening game. The Ghanaian international has been great for his club this season with five goals and one assist. Williams will be looking to get a goal in his first competitive match.
Predictions and betting tips
Portugal is the stronger team in this match and we are looking to secure a win in their opening game. They smashed Nigeria by four goals to nil in their last friendly match. Portugal has won three of their last four games in all competitions. I predict Portugal to win both halves.
Two of the last three Portugal matches have ended in over 2.5 goals. Two of the last five Ghanaian matches have ended in over 2.5 goals. Portugal has a lot of good attackers and this match looks like a high-scoring game. I predict over 2.5 goals.
Betting prediction: HT-FT 1/1
Odds: 2.00 (+100 American; 1/1 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.00 (+100 American; 1/1 Fractional)