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Ghana vs Uruguay Prediction – 2022 World Cup

Sean Fenech
November 22, 2022
Modified: November 23, 2022

At the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on December 2, the last day of group stage play will take place. Four matches in Groups H and G will determine who will advance to the round of 16. The 45th match of the 2022 World Cup will feature Ghana vs. Uruguay and the end of Group H. The game begins concurrently with South Korea’s match against Portugal (6 pm local time). Given the Black Cats’ heartbreaking 2010 quarterfinal elimination at the hands of Uruguay, this match has real World Cup history. Which of these teams will truly win at the Al Janoub Stadium, despite World Cup 2022 predictions that Uruguay will win? Which of the two will be able to advance to the knockout round? Read our Ghana vs Uruguay prediction and find out!

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Our Ghana vs Uruguay prediction: Uruguay to win.

Ghana Preview

Ghana is one of the lowest-ranked teams competing at the 2022 World Cup; according to FIFA’s rankings from August, they are rated 60th.

This meant that the team had fallen 10 positions since the CAF World Cup qualification draw was made and that Ghana had fallen from the 7th to the 11th best-ranked team in Africa during this time.

Ghana has also had a difficult 2022 so far, winning just two of their 13 games played and losing all three of their 2021 AFCON competitions. They won’t start among the favourites in the Middle East since their triumphs against Madagascar and Nicaragua aren’t expected to cause panic in their World Cup opponents.

It should be remembered, though, that Ghana defeated several higher-ranked CAF teams to go to the finals, including Nigeria in a tough playoff match.

World Cup History

Their fourth World Cup finals appearance—their first was in 2006—will be held in Qatar.

Ghana actually defeated the United States and the Czech Republic in two of their group-stage matches in their tournament debut in Germany, and they advanced to the round of 16. Despite being routed 3-0 by Brazil in the next round, they received high praise for their great passion and attacking style of play.

The Black Stars had an even greater year in 2010, as Ghana managed to get to a quarterfinal match against (you guessed it) Uruguay. In this instance, Ghana was awarded a penalty for Luis Suarez’s cynical handball on the line, which prevented the side from winning at the last minute. However, Asamoah Gyan’s shot hit the crossbar, and the Black Stars were ultimately defeated in a shootout after penalties.

The Black Stars then had a discouraging and winless group-stage exit in Brazil 2014, and they were completely disqualified from the most recent World Cup championships in Russia.

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

For those interested in World Cup betting, knowing the road to a team’s qualification can often help in deciding one’s bets. Ghana was ranked seventh in the CAF rankings at the time of the region’s 2022 WC qualification draw, earning them a bye into the second round.

South Africa and Ghana both finished with 13 points in the second round, each winning four and drawing one of their six qualification matches. Both Ghana and South Africa had 1-0 victories at home and ended with an identical goal differential, with the former moving on due to scoring one more goal.

They earned a 0-0 tie at home in Kumasi before Arsenal’s Thomas Partey handed them a 1-0 advantage in the second leg, despite the fact that they weren’t expected to defeat higher-ranked Nigeria in a two-legged playoff in the third round. Nigeria managed to draw even, but they were unable to force a winner, and Ghana secured their spot in Qatar under the rule of away goals.

Date Match Outcome Winner
September 3rd 2021 Ghana vs Ethiopia 1-0
September 6th 2021 South Africa vs Ghana 1-0
October 9th 2021 Ghana vs Zimbabwe 3-1
October 12th 2021 Zimbabwe vs Ghana 0-1
November 11th 2021 Ethiopia vs Ghana 1-1
November 14th 2021 Ghana vs South Africa 1-0
March 25th 2022 Ghana vs Nigeria 0-0
June 29th 2022 Nigeria vs Ghana 1-1

Ghana Players to Watch

Ghana has quite a few players who play in the Premier League and similar major European leagues that you might recognize. Which one is the best? Here are our top 3 picks are part of our Ghana vs Uruguay prediction:

  • It’s interesting to note that Tariq Lamptey, a former Chelsea academy graduate, has faced difficulties since making the Brighton team, suffering from a loss of fitness and form. However, his most recent goal in Brighton’s excellent 3-1 Carabao Cup victory at Arsenal served as the ideal reminder of his attacking skills. This one-cap standout is a modern wingback with outstanding quickness and dribbling abilities who might flourish in Qatar if given the chance. Whether he starts the game or comes off the bench, he’ll be one to watch.
  • Thomas Partey, a 29-year-old midfielder, has firmly cemented his position as the engine of his country’s side with his goal in the crucial 1-1 draw in Nigeria, the players’ 13th international goal in just 40 appearances. Partey contributed an amazing engine and a box-to-box presence that is practically a throwback to the great midfielders of the 1990s, and he scored a total of three goals during WC qualifying. Ghana can depend on him in difficult situations, which could occur frequently in Qatar. He is unquestionably a leader.
  • Although the 31-year-old Jordan Ayew forward has only scored 77 goals in his career through 454 club matches, he plays a crucial part in directing Ghana’s attack and bridging the front and midfield lines. Despite the fact that none of his 19 goals came during qualifying, he is a tenacious presser who has 81 international caps. He will lead the attacking line this winter with distinction and is a major leader in the Black Cats team.

Uruguay Preview

FIFA has classified Uruguay as the 14th greatest team in the world, placing them as the third-best team in the CONMEBOL.

Interestingly, Uruguay has had a strong run of play leading up to the WC finals, having dropped just one of their nine games played so far in 2022.

This run featured four straight victories towards the ending of FIFA World Cup qualifying, which guaranteed the team’s spot in Qatar after a challenging end to 2021. Since the beginning of June, Uruguay has also defeated Mexico (3-0), Panama (5-0), and Canada (2-0).

Nevertheless, Uruguay’s one loss came against a quietly outstanding Iran team, which raises some concerns about its capacity to compete in Qatar.

World Cup History

It’s interesting to note that Uruguay was the most successful World Cup team overall after the competition’s establishment, winning the initial finals in 1930 and coming from behind to defeat Brazil in one of the biggest World Cup upsets ever 20 years later.

In fact, despite not competing in the previous pre-war competitions in 1934 and 1938, Uruguay won the first two finals they played in. They also ranked 4th in the 1954 World Cup finals, which were known for having the highest goals-per-game ratio in the competition’s history.

Only two additional fourth-place finishes have occurred since these glories, in 1970 and 2010, sandwiched between several group stage and round of 16 eliminations.

The good news is that Uruguay showed signs of form returning in Russia 2018, as the team advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion France.

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

As 2021 came to a conclusion, Uruguay’s chances of competing in the 2022 World Cup championships in Qatar appeared to be in ruins after the team dropped four consecutive games in October and November.

Although Uruguay only lost two of their other 10 CONMEBOL games, they recovered to win their final four qualification games at the start of 2022, finishing with a total of 28 points and ahead of Ecuador.

The only major drawback is that Uruguay ended 11 and 17 points behind Argentina and Brazil, respectively, and was soundly defeated in all four of those contests. The side has a wealth of talent and experience at their disposal, but questions are raised about their capacity to compete with Qatar’s best.

Date Match Outcome Winner
October 8th 2020 Uruguay vs Chile 2-1
October 13th 2020 Ecuador vs Uruguay 4-2
November 13th 2020 Colombia vs Uruguay 0-3
November 17th 2020 Uruguay vs Brazil 0-2
June 3rd 2021 Uruguay vs Paraguay 0-0
June 8th 2021 Venezuela vs Uruguay 0-0
September 2nd 2021 Peru vs Uruguay 1-1
September 5th 2021 Uruguay vs Bolivia 4-2
September 9th 2021 Uruguay vs Ecuador 1-0
October 7th 2021 Uruguay vs Colombia 0-0
October 10th 2021 Argentina vs Uruguay 3-0
October 14th 2021 Brazil vs Uruguay 4-1
November 12th 2021 Uruguay vs Argentina 0-1
November 16th 2021 Bolivia vs Uruguay 3-0
January 27th 2022 Paraguay vs Uruguay 0-1
February 1st 2022 Uruguay vs Venezuela 4-1
March 24th 2022 Uruguay vs Peru 1-0
March 29th 2022 Chile vs Uruguay 0-2

Uruguay Players to Watch

We’ll now focus on Uruguay’s top players and those who have the best chance of standing out in Qatar. It’s standard advice that you’ll find in many World Cup tips that you should always look at a team’s best players before betting on them. Well, here are the top three Uruguayan players in our opinion:

  • Edinson Cavani, who is now 35 years old, joined Valencia on a free transfer in the summer and has already scored four goals in seven games (taking his total club career tally to 376 goals in 653 matches). The strong striker has more than 400 career goals and has proven himself in four of Europe’s top five divisions if you include the 58 goals, he has scored in his 133 total appearances for his country. So, despite his advancing years, he is still an important player to watch and a significant goal threat for Ghana.
  • Although Rodrigo Bentancur is an underestimated midfielder, he has gained genuine power while playing for Tottenham Hotspur under Antonio Conte. He has recently improved his goal-scoring as well, netting twice in an exciting 4-3 EPL triumph against Leeds and once from long range in a 6-2 thrashing of Leicester City. In a 4-1 thumping of Venezuela during World Cup qualifying, Bentancur earned his first goal for his country, and his 49 caps establish him as a leader and a senior player of growing importance.
  • Although José Giménez is unquestionably Uruguay’s future leader, the unflappable Diego Godin is still a defensive foundation for his country. At Atletico Madrid, Giménez has already continued Godin’s legacy, and at 27 years old, he appears to be at the pinnacle of his physical and technical abilities. Giménez has also earned 78 international caps, which have resulted in countless tackles, blocks, and clearances for his nation as well as eight goals (mainly from set pieces).

Ghana vs Uruguay Betting Odds

Match Winner

Ghana Winning Uruguay Winning Draw
4.60 1.72 3.45

We have seen the online sports betting odds for the whole match, and these are for the first half.

Ghana First Half Uruguay First Half Draw First Half
4.99 2.38 2.04

Over/Under

Value Over Under
4.5 7.60 1.04
3.5 3.79 1.21
2.5 2.10 1.63
1.5 1.36 2.82
0.5 1.03 8.10

These are the football betting odds for the whole match and now it is time to see the over/under for the first half.

Value Over First Half Under First Half
0.5 1.42 2.58
1.5 3.10 1.30
2.5 8.35 1.03

Who Will Win? Ghana vs Uruguay Prediction

Unsurprisingly, our odds have put Uruguay’s victory over Ghana at the Al Janoub Stadium. Uruguay is also expected to advance to the round of 16 with Portugal, another formidable European team.

We’d definitely concur with the football predictions in this case as, despite having one of the tournament’s oldest teams, Uruguay has a wealth of talent, including strikers Cavani, Darwin Nunez of Liverpool, and the legendary Luis Suarez (who now plays back home for Nacional).

The breadth and calibre of Uruguay’s attacking options should ultimately be too much for Ghana to handle, so we’re picking a pretty easy (though close) victory for the South Americans.

Our Ghana vs Uruguay prediction: Uruguay to win.

Sean Fenech

Content Writer at Betiton™

Sean has been writing casino and iGaming content ever since 2018. Moreover, he is also an alumnus of the University of Malta, having graduated with an M.A. in English in 2020. Finally, he also manages the Betiton Medium blog, where he publishes research into the history of popular casino games. You can access this blog here: https://betiton.medium.com/

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