World Cup 2022 Portugal vs. Ghana start time, betting odds, lines: Expert picks, FIFA predictions, bets
Two days after Cristiano Ronaldo and his club team, Manchester United, agreed to part ways, he and Portugal square off against Ghana on Thursday in the Group H opener for both teams at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Prior to the World Cup, the 37-year-old Ronaldo accused United of betrayal and took shots at manager Erik ten Hag and the club's management in an interview with Piers Morgan. United moved quickly to terminate his contract based on breach of contract. On Thursday, Ronaldo and Portugal face a Ghana team that returns to the World Cup after failing to qualify in 2018.
Kickoff is at 11 a.m. ET. Portugal are the -245 favorite (risk $245 to win $100) in the latest Portugal vs. Ghana odds from Caesars Sportsbook, with Ghana the +750 underdog. A draw is priced at +330, and the over/under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before you lock in your Ghana vs. Portugal picks or World Cup 2022 predictions, you need to see what proven SportsLine soccer insider Martin Green has to say.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated almost $35,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season, and he has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has broken down Portugal vs. Ghana from every angle and just revealed his 2022 World Cup picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Green's picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Ghana vs. Portugal:
- Portugal vs. Ghana spread: Portugal -1.5 (+115)
- Portugal vs. Ghana over/under: 2.5 goals
- Portugal vs. Ghana money line: Portugal -245; Ghana +750; Draw +330
- POR: Cristiano Ronaldo has the most career international goals (117) of all time
- GHA: André Ayew has 125 goals in 439 matches for his club teams
Why you should back Portugal
The Portuguese have a plethora of world class attacking talent. In addition to Ronaldo, Portugal feature midfielders Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes and Ruben Neves, who all are proven scorers in the Premier League. In a friendly against Nigeria last week to prepare for Qatar, Portugal won 4-0, with Fernandes scoring a brace.
In addition, Portugal face a Ghana team that has struggled against quality opponents. The Black Stars have won just three of their last 13 games against teams ranked in the top 100 in the world. Portugal enter the 2022 World Cup ranked No. 9.
Why you should back Ghana
The Black Stars have an experienced goal scorer in André Ayew. A 32-year-old winger, Ayew is the captain of the team and has 125 goals in 439 matches for his club teams. He also has scored 23 goals in 110 matches for Ghana since his debut in 2007.
In addition, Ghana has a playmaking midfielder in Thomas Partey. A 29-year-old who plays for Arsenal, Partey has 13 goals in 40 appearances for Ghana. This season in the Premier League, Arsenal are undefeated in the 11 games he has played.
How to make Ghana vs. Portugal picks
Green has analyzed Portugal vs. Ghana, and while he is leaning Over the total, he has locked in two best bets, including one that pays plus money. He's only sharing his 2022 World Cup picks and analysis at SportsLine.
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