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Portugal vs Ghana Prediction – 2022 World Cup

Sean Fenech
September 19, 2022
Modified: November 10, 2022

Inside of Stadium 974, on November 24th, the second fixture in Group H kicks off. Portugal vs Ghana will be a spectacle with all eyes squarely focused on Cristiano Ronaldo, who will be making his last appearance as a player in a World Cup tournament. But right now, our focus is on this Portugal vs Ghana prediction as part of our World Cup 2022 predictions and how you can benefit by using Betiton’s sportsbook for your complete coverage of the Qatar World Cup.

Our online sports betting service has all games and all markets covered for this year’s tournament, and we’re giving you our knowledge of the sports and teams involved to potentially help you to win. We will be looking at each team’s history with the World Cup, their top players for this fixture, our Portugal vs Ghana prediction on which team will win or if there is a potential for a draw, and giving our World Cup tips on what you can also bet on other than your regular Win/Draw/Win market.

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Our Portugal vs Ghana prediction: Portugal to win.

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Ranked 9th in the World, Portugal are the clear favourite to win this match, and our World Cup predictor currently has them as the 7th favourite to lift the trophy with odds of 12 to 1. When it comes to World Cup betting what factors can we turn to, to help users gauge how their run in the competition may potentially play out?

Well, their World Cup trials and tribulations are not as fruitful as their escapades in the UEFA European Championship. In the Euros, Portugal have won the tournament once in 2016. They have been Runners-up once in 2004 and have reached the semi-finals three times. This is a staggering achievement since first qualifying for the tournament back in 1984! By rights, this sort of standard should clearly carry through into the World Cup.

Well, before you get too excited, it’s not great reading if you’re backing the Portuguese to make an impact on this tournament. 

World Cup History

You might want to hold off on any outright World Cup predictions just yet. The Portuguese national team have always struggled to show their superiority in this competition. Firstly, they have only qualified 8 times. First in 1966 coming 3rd place, and then secondly in 1986, which only lasted will the Group Stages. Their World Cup run then began in 2002, this being their third ever World Cup appearance in history!

Their run of form since 2002 has been Group Stages, 2006, Fourth place, 2010, Round of 16, 2014 Group Stage, and 2018, Round of 16. If there is a pattern, then that outright bet of 12 to 1 might need to be reconsidered. Group H is a very tricky group, and just because one of the world’s greatest ever players is in their squad, doesn’t guarantee them anything at all. 

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

For Portugal to qualify, they played 8 games in their group. They came second in the table behind Serbia. They won 5, drew 2, and lost 1 game. 17 goals scored and 6 conceded. Because of being second, they had to go on and play two qualifier games, one against Turkey and the other against North Macedonia. If form is anything to go by, it’s not looking all rosy for the Portuguese team.

Date Match Final Score
24/03/2021 Portugal vs Azerbaijan 1-0
27/03/2021 Serbia vs Portugal 2-2
30/03/2021 Luxembourg vs Portugal 1-3
01/09/2021 Portugal vs Ireland 2-1
07/09/2021 Azerbaijan vs Portugal 0-3
21/10/2021 Portugal vs Luxembourg 5-0
11/11/2021 Ireland vs Portugal 0-0
14/11/2021 Portugal vs Serbia 1-2
24/03/2022 Portugal vs Turkey 3-1
29/03/2022 Portugal vs Serbia 2-0

Portugal Players to Watch

So, who in the Portugal team is going to be influential in this match? Well, we picked our top three players that will have the biggest impact on the game against Ghana. You may also find this useful to look at other football betting markets that are provided by Betiton. 

  • Bruno Fernandes: Position: Attacking Midfielder. Having arrived late in the national setup, his link play between the frontline will be pivotal if Portugal are to get anywhere in the contest. He has 46 caps, 8 goals, 7 assists, and 5 yellow cards.
  • Bernardo Silva: Position: Attacking Midfielder. Silva is deployed more as a pressing player and will hold back while Fernandes is pushed forward more. So, Silva will supply more of the playmaking opportunities while transitioning play from back to front happened and the stats show this. 70 caps, 8 goals, and 24 assists.
  • Andre Silva: Position: Striker. At this stage of our predictions, Ronaldo isn’t a guaranteed starter, so Andre will most likely be the go-to in the attack. With 51 caps, 19 goals, and 4 assists, there is pressure to now step up and provide Portugal isn’t a one-man team.

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Is there any hope for the Ghanaian squad in this Qatar World Cup? Given Portugal’s inconsistencies with the tournament, would your World Cup bets on Ghanaians be the better option? As it stands, Ghana is ranked 60th in the world, and their odds of winning the trophy are at 249 to 1 as they come in as 25th outsider favourites. Well, the odds at Betiton are pretty fair given recent form and their history with the tournament. Let’s take an unfortunate brief look at their qualities going into this first fixture. 

World Cup History

Very few clear football predictions can be made off of Ghana’s history in the tournament, and this is because they have only ever featured three times. In 2006, they reached the Round of 16. In 2010, during the African World Cup they got to the Quarter-finals and ended up in 7th place, and in 2014, they were 25th having not been able to get out of the Group rounds.  Looking at more recent performances, their AFCON qualifiers is not going well at all. So far, they have played 3, drawn 1, and lost 2. They are at real risk of not qualifying for 2023.

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

To qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, they played a 6-game qualifier, in which they topped the table with 4 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss. They then went on to play other table toppers Nigeria in a 2-leg knockout game, which Ghana won on away goals. Here’s the full rundown of the results. 

Date Match Final Score
03/09/2021 Ghana vs Ethiopia 1-0
06/09/20201 South Africa vs Ghana 1-0
09/10/2021 Ghana vs Zimbabwe 3-1
12/10/2021 Zimbabwe vs Ghana 0-1
11/11/2021 Ethiopia vs Ghana 1-1
14/11/2021 Ghana vs South Africa 1-0
25/03/2022 Ghana vs Nigeria 0-0
29/03/2022 Nigeria vs Ghana 1-1

Ghana Players to Watch

Does Ghana have the talent and the star players to help cause a shock result? Well, they have several of Africa’s best players on their team, and if they are to win, it will be because of these three players.

  • Thomas Partey: Position: Centre Midfield. Will be looking to break down any attacking play and to help the transitional attacks. Pivotal role for Ghana to help control the centre of the field. 385 caps, 12 goals, and 6 assists is a great return.
  • Daniel Amartey: Position: Defender. Needing to be a rock to cancel out any goal attempts. Amartey has 41 caps and 4 bookings.
  • Mohammed Kudus: Position: Attacking Midfielder. Playmaker and an important player when Ghana launch into attack. Comes to Qatar with 16 caps, 5 goals, and 3 assists.

Portugal vs Ghana Betting Odds

The WC 2022 betting odds have this down as a Portugal win. The Portugal vs Ghana odds at Betiton will be highly competitive and we will have over 300 markets open for this game. Here we share the odds with you across the two most popular betting markets. 

Match Winner

Portugal to Win Ghana to Win Draw
1.51 6.95 3.95

Over/Under 2.5 Goals

Over 2.5 Goals Under 2.5 Goals
2.09 1.63

Who Will Win? Portugal vs Ghana Prediction

If there is going to be a big upset in the FIFA competition, this might be the possible fixture for that to happen. For all their big names, and for all their European successes, Portugal just isn’t a consistent enough team to provide solid assurance for bettors to rely on. Many football predictions nevertheless will back them, but for our Portugal vs Ghana prediction, we might just have to agree. Ghana’s latest form is shocking and perhaps, the timing will suit Portugal, but it might not be a highly convincing win.

Our Portugal vs Ghana prediction: Portugal to win.

Our Portugal vs Ghana Betting Tips

Our money is on it being a sneaky 1-0 win for Portugal. If you want to be brave with the fixtures odds, perhaps think about the draw. There is the option to also have Both Teams to Score.

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/