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Portugal vs Uruguay Prediction – 2022 World Cup

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

Portugal will play with Uruguay in the 32nd game of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, which is set for November 28. Portugal won the Euro 2016 tournament. After South Korea takes on Ghana earlier in the day, the game will start at 10 pm local time and end the second round of Group H matches. With just four places separating the two teams in the FIFA global rankings, this is a close match for fans of FIFA World Cup betting to call. But can Uruguay pull off a victory that may be very important, or will Portugal continue their campaign with a triumph? Read our Portugal vs Uruguay prediction to find out our World Cup 2022 predictions for this match!

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Our Portugal vs Uruguay prediction: Portugal to win.

Portugal Preview

FIFA has Portugal at number nine in the globe, making them the seventh-best footballing nation in Europe. They were drawn first into Group H as a result of being included in Pot 1 at the 2022 World Cup draw in Doha. However, Portugal may be backed at an average price of 15.00 to win the World Cup, which draws attention to several of their alleged weaknesses and the recently displayed relatively inconsistent form.

As an illustration, Portugal appeared to be on track to qualify for the World Cup until they were defeated 2-1 by Serbia in Lisbon, forcing them to enter the playoffs. Their chances of winning the UEFA Nations League took a knock when they lost to Switzerland 1-0 in Geneva the last time around. Portugal is one of the most unpredictable high seeds competing at the FIFA World Cup as a result, thus supporters and football betting fans from all nations will be interested in seeing their matches in Qatar.

World Cup History

Portugal will compete in their eighth World Cup in Qatar, making their sixth straight appearance at the 2022 championships. The Portuguese have only ever participated in two World Cup finals before this run. The first of these ended in a third-place finish in England in 1966, when a team led by the outstanding Eusebio won five of their six games before being defeated by the hosts in the semi-finals. Eusebio scored nine goals during the finals.

After qualifying for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, Portugal was eliminated in the group stage after winning only one of their three matches (a 1-0 victory over England). After another break (this one lasting 16 years), Portugal returned to the 2002 finals in Japan and Korea only to be ousted at the group stage once more. Four years later, the team placed fourth in Germany, followed by two losses in the round of 16 in 2010 and 2018 and another group-stage elimination in Brazil in 2014.

However, the nation is already firmly entrenched as a regular fixture of football’s top international competition.

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

During World Cup qualifying, Portugal competed in UEFA Group A together with Serbia, the Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg, and Azerbaijan. No doubt, they were predicted to easily advance from the group, with Serbia being the only serious competitor for first place and a guaranteed trip to Qatar.

The two teams were tied on 17 points coming into the decisive match in Lisbon, but the Serbs were able to maintain up with Portugal throughout qualification. With the score tied at 1-1 as stoppage time began, Portugal’s tiny advantage in goal differential appeared to be the deciding factor. In the end, Serbia won with a dramatic winner led by Aleksandar Mitrović head.

Portugal was required to join Playoff Path C as a result, where they went on to defeat Turkey and the giant killers North Macedonia (who had previously defeated Germany and Italy in qualifying) in order to secure their spot in Qatar.

Date Match Final Score Winner
March 24th 2021 Portugal vs Azerbaijan 1-0
March 27th 2021 Serbia vs Portugal 2-2
March 30th 2021 Luxembourg vs Portugal 1-3
September 1st 2021 Portugal vs Republic of Ireland 2-1
September 7th 2021 Azerbaijan vs Portugal 0-3
October 12th 2021 Portugal vs Luxembourg 5-0
November 11th 2021 Republic of Ireland vs Portugal 0-0
November 14th 2021 Portugal vs Serbia 1-2
March 24th 2022 Portugal vs Turkey 3-1
March 29th 2022 Portugal vs North Macedonia 2-0

Portugal Players to Watch

The majority of Portugal’s World Cup stars, many of whom are household names in Europe, are likely familiar to you. But which members of the national playing squad should be kept an eye on? As part of our World Cup tips, here are our top 3 picks for Portuguese players:

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is still Portugal’s major source of goals and inspiration despite being 37 years old. We’re talking about a player who has scored more than 800 goals for club and country over the course of a distinguished career and 117 goals in 189 international appearances. ‘CR7’ will also be looking to add to the seven goals he has already scored in four World Cup finals, and he will undoubtedly play a key role if Portugal advances far enough in the competition.
  • Bruno Fernandes, a star for Manchester United, may have had a difficult time in 2021–2022, but he now seems to be enjoying his football again under his new manager Erik ten Hag. He continues to be a remarkably talented footballer with exceptional imagination and a laser-like goal-scoring ability, and he has so far scored eight goals in 46 international games. This total includes the two goals that Portugal scored to defeat North Macedonia and earn a spot in the 2022 World Cup.
  • The only defender who could play a full-back in a roaming number 10 position is Pep Guardiola, but João Cancelo, who is 28 years old, is the defender who was built to fill this job. He’s set to add to his 36 international appearances in Qatar and could raise his seven-goal total. He’s two-footed and gifted with an outstanding passing range. Although some will undoubtedly claim that he is defensively and positionally susceptible against the finest opponents in the world, he is entertaining to watch as a player and will be in Qatar.

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When you consider that only Argentina and powerful Brazil are ahead of Uruguay, their position as the third-best South American team is impressive. Uruguay currently holds an impressive FIFA ranking of 13th.

Nonetheless, Uruguay was ready to start a four-game losing streak last autumn after initially suffering crushing CONMEBOL WC qualification losses to Argentina (3-0) and Brazil (4-1). Prior to Bolivia’s 3-0 thrashing of Argentina on November 16th, there was another 1-0 defeat to Argentina in Montevideo.

This temporarily cast doubt on Uruguay’s ability to qualify for the World Cup, but the team rebounded to win its next four qualifiers in a row and put an end to any doubts.

It’s interesting to note that Uruguay is currently in great shape heading into the Qatar World Cup, having won six of their first seven games and giving up just one goal. In a recent friendly in June, they also destroyed Panama 5-0, demonstrating that they will be a challenging team to defeat in the Middle East.

World Cup History

Uruguay has a long and successful World Cup history, having been the most successful team there from 1930 until 1950.

The country only participated in two tournaments during this time (1930 and 1950), but they won both of them, the latter of which saw them defeat hosts Brazil and other upsets in front of 170,000 adoring spectators at the Estádio do Maracanã.

Following a fourth-place finish in 1954, a strong Uruguayan team also reached the quarter finals in England in 1966, four years after an unexpected group-stage elimination.

Uruguay has had trouble maintaining the same levels of consistency since 1970, despite finishing fourth in the competition in 2010 and being eliminated in the quarterfinals the previous time around in Russia. Overall, in Qatar Uruguay will compete in its 14th World Cup finals and has won 24 and lost 20 of the 56 games they have played so far.

Qualification and Road to the World Cup 2022

The second half of Uruguay’s CONMEBOL qualification campaign saw them lose four straight games in October and November 2021, as we briefly mentioned.

They only lost two of their other 14 qualification games, and their eight victories and four ties earned them 28 points, moving them ahead of Ecuador into third place in the standings.

So, despite finishing well behind Brazil and Argentina, both of which went undefeated during qualifying, by 17 points and 11 points, respectively, respectively, “La Celeste” was still able to reach Qatar.

Here is a quick look at how they did in qualifying as part of our Portugal vs Uruguay prediction:

Date Match Final Score 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

Many of the players on Uruguay’s team will be names you are already familiar with because they have previously played in one of the top five leagues in Europe. Three of the country’s top achievers are listed below:

  • Atletico Madrid center-back José Giménez is still in many respects the heir apparent, even though 36-year-old captain Diego Godín continues to be the lynchpin of a strong and resilient Uruguayan defense. Giménez has accumulated 78 caps and eight goals so far, and at 27 he is entering his physical and career peak. He has also made 269 appearances and scored 10 goals for his club, and he will be a pillar for his nation throughout the Qatar World Cup.
  • After being released by Manchester United, Edinson Cavani may have spent the majority of the summer without a contract, but he has found a new home with La Liga team Valencia. Additionally, he continues to be a talismanic figure for his nation after earning an astounding 133 caps and tallying 58 goals. He continues to be recognized for his outstanding time at PSG, when he made 301 appearances in all competitions and scored an astounding 200 goals.
  • During a recent 6-2 victory over Leicester City, vivacious midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur scored his first goal for Tottenham Hotspur, displaying all of his class and control as he stroked home from a distance. With 49 international appearances to date, his first goal for his nation was also scored in a 4-1 victory over Venezuela in Montevideo during the 2022 World Cup qualifying. He has a genuine engine in the middle and will be crucial if Uruguay is to get through the World Cup group stage.

Portugal vs Uruguay Betting Odds

There are various fascinating football betting markets available for you to wager on because this is a top match involving two nations that are both ranked within the top 15 by FIFA.

Match Winner

Portugal Winning Uruguay Winning Draw
2.06 3.40 3.20

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

Portugal First Half Uruguay First Half Draw First Half
2.74 4.02 2.01

Over/Under

Value Over Under
4.5 7.85 1.04
3.5 3.82 1.21
2.5 1.34 2.91
1.5 1.03 8.30
0.5 2.10 1.63

These are the 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 2.59
1.5 3.09 1.31
2.5 8.40 1.03

Who Will Win? Portugal vs Uruguay Prediction

Many pundits giving out football predictions obviously believe that Portugal are favorites to win and continue their quest to advance to the knockout stages in Qatar, despite the fact that this is a fiercely contested encounter between two of the finest teams in the world.

We tend to believe that Portugal has an advantage over its competitors, but there is no doubt that Uruguay will exert all of its knowledge, reputation, and might against their European counterparts.

So, in this game that could see a few goals, we predict a close and tense victory for Portugal.

Our Portugal vs Uruguay prediction: Portugal 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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