Boasting the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo and a star-studded supporting cast, few would bet against Portugal escaping Group H, let alone losing in the opening game.
Indeed, Portugal vs Ghana looks to be a mismatch on paper, but the Black Stars are somewhat of an unknown quantity, with their very green coach already defying the odds to get to Qatar 2022.
Does Ghana really pose a threat to Portugal in this 24th November meet? The oddsmakers certainly don’t think so, as you can see when you read on.
- One of Portugal’s most talented squads ever thrives on the front foot.
- Ghana’s new coach has already stifled a superior team to get here.
- The FIFA World Cup 2022 Group H betting leans heavily towards the Europeans.
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Portugal’s squad is even better than its Euro-winning one
Fernando Santos is one of the most successful active national team coaches around, having guided Portugal to Euro 2016, third in the 2017 Confederations Cup, and the inaugural UEFA Nations League title in 2019. Still, murmurs are beginning to pick up that Santos isn’t the right coach for the job following meek performances against top-ranking teams, flipping to defensive strategies hastily, in the eyes of critics.
So, Santos should be looking to set up the best possible way for Portugal’s stars to express themselves when attacking. It’s the meek 4-1-4-1 approach that lost Group A of the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers to Serbia in the last game, and it got them ousted from Euro 2020 by Belgium after a lucky break into the knockout stages.
Regardless of recent results, the talent is there for all to see. The attacking stars can be spotted from a mile away, but success against the big teams will hinge on the world-class defensive talents like João Cancelo, Rúben Dias, Nuno Mendes, and João Moutinho. Pepe, at 39 years old, will likely still be commanding the backline for their Qatar 2022 dates.
Ghana putting a lot of faith in Otto Addo
By all accounts, Otto Addo’s coaching career from Hamburg under-19s to scouting and a couple of assistant managerial roles have made him quite the tactician and very good at relaying his plans to the squad. To date, however, he’s managed the Black Stars for six games, yielding two wins and three draws, playing a different formation in almost every game.
Naturally, the new head coach will be looking to uncover his best possible setup before the Qatar World Cup 2022, especially as Ghana narrowly overcame a stronger team to get there. In the Third Round of CAF’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification, they met Nigeria, drew at home, and then drew 1-1 to the team with a much stronger team on paper. It’s a quick turnaround for a team that lost to Comoros in the 2021 African Cup of Nations.
Jordan Ayew, André Ayew, Daniel Amartey, and Thomas Partey are the anchors for rebuilding Ghana’s side, which might well throw several of its younger talents into the deep end at Qatar 2022. Kamaldeen Sulemana, Mohammed Kudus, and Felix Afena-Gyan highlight the next generation of Black Stars, but only have 33 caps between them.
Betting tips and odds on Portugal vs Ghana in FIFA World Cup 2022 Group H
Addo may be an unknown quantity, proven to be capable of taking down stronger teams with resolute tactics, but the bookies are backing what they know. Portugal is heavily favoured to take this clash at 1/2. Ghana, on the other hand, is given only a passing glance at 13/2, which stays true to their 11/1 odds of winning the group.
Assuming that Santos will let his incredibly talented attackers run riot, Portugal could have itself a clear frontrunner for the Golden Boot by the final whistle, with handicap and goalscorer markets set to be popular for this FIFA World Cup 2022 Group H match.
Portugal vs Ghana takes place on the 24th of November at 4 pm. You can watch the game on ITV in the UK.
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