FIFA World Cup 2022: Portugal vs Ghana Prediction
In Qatar, Cristiano Ronaldo will begin his final World Cup campaign when Portugal plays Ghana in the group’s opening match. A World Cup Group H match will be played at Stadium 974 in Ras Abu Aboud, Doha.
With an eye on the prize, Cristiano Ronaldo will presumably be playing his last World Cup, the only Trophy that has eluded him in his illustrious career.
Portugal plays Ghana first, who beat Nigeria for a spot in Qatar but are plagued with inconsistent form leading into the World cup. In spite of their poor form, Ghana should not be taken lightly.
Ghana vs Portugal Prediction for the Match
- When is Portugal most Likely to score a goal? Portugal is likely to score a goal in the first half.
- When is Ghana likely to score a goal? Ghana is likely to score a goal in the second half.
- Who is likely to score a goal for Portugal? Ronaldo is likely to score for Portugal.
- Who is Likely to score a goal for Ghana? Andre Ayew is likely to score for Ghana
- Who is Likely to win the Match? Portugal: 1 Ghana: 0
Goal Analysis (World Cup Qualification: Last five matches)
- During the last five matches in World Cup Qualifiers, Portugal won three, drew one, and lost one.
- Portugal faced Luxembourg, Ireland, Serbia, Turkey and North Macedonia.
- Portugal’s wins came against Turkey, Macedonia and Luxembourg with Portugal scoring two or more goals.
- Averaging 1.8 goals per match and conceding an average of 0.6 goals in its last five World Cup matches, Portugal aggregated 9:3.
- In its last five World Cup qualification games, Ghana has won two and drawn three.
- The last five games have been against Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Africa
- Ghana’s two wins came against South Africa and Zimbabwe. Ghana won both games 1-0.
- Ghana has struggled to score goals and it is evident from the fact that Ghana has struggled to score more than 1 goal in any game.
- Ghana’s aggregate score for the last five games is 4-2 averaging 0.8 goals per match.
Portugal in World Cups (Last five games)
- Portugal has faced Ghana, Spain, Morocco, Iran, Uruguay and Ghana in the last five World Cup games. Portugal has won two, lost two and drawn one.
- Portugal’s last five games has seen 2.8 goals per match with Portugal scoring 1.8 goals and other teams scoring 1 goal
- There have been two occasions when Portugal has scored two or more goals and two occasions when it has conceded two or more goals.
- Portugal’s total goal aggregate combined 8-7 in the last five games.
Ghana in World Cups (Last five games)
- Ghana has been pretty average in the last five games with only one win. Ghana overall has won one, lost three and drawn one.
- Ghana’s last five games has seen 3.0 goals per match with Ghana scoring 1.4 goals and other teams scoring 1.6 goals.
- Ghana has only scored two or more goals on two occasions
- Ghana has an overall aggregate of 7-8 in its last five games.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Portugal vs Ghana Prediction: Forward Statistics
- In World Cup qualification, Portugal scored 21 goals in 10 matches at an average of 2.10 goals per match.
- Portugal is led by Cristiano Ronaldo. In the nine matches, Ronaldo scored 6 goals at an average of 0.67 goals per match and provided 1 assist at an average of 0.11 assists per match. Additionally, 47 per cent of the shots were accurate.
- Diogo Jota scored 5 goals at an average of 0.83 goals per match and added 2 assists. Jota’s goals plus assists equaled 1.16 per match with a shooting accuracy of 41%.
- Bruno Fernandes was the third-highest goal scorer for Portugal in World Cup Qualification. Midfielder averaged 0.43 goals per match.
- Ghana scored 8 goals in 8 matches in World Cup Qualification at 1.00 goal per match and averaged 0.50 assists per match.
- Andre Ayew scored 33% of the goals for Ghana. The attacking midfielder averaged 0.64 goals. Ayew’s 2 of the 3 goals came from the Penalty Kick. Ayew played with a shooting accuracy of 42% in the Qualifiers.
- Thomas Partey has been sensational for both Ghana and Arsenal. The midfielder averaged 0.75 goals per match with three of those goals coming from Non-penalty goals. Partey played with a shooting accuracy of 45% in the Qualifiers.
Portugal vs Ghana Prediction: Defence Analysis
Portugal was solid defensively in the World Cup Qualifiers. The 2016 European champions had five clean sheets in with above-par statistics on key defensive Metrics. Portugal averaged 6 Interceptions to go with 25 Clearances and also had a tackle success of 75%.
Insights: Portugal has conceded two goals twice and both were against Serbia. One game ended in draw and Portugal lost one.
- Ghana relies on their defence to win games for them and the West African side conceded only 4 goals in the 8 matches at 0.50 goals per match. In the Process, made 4 clean sheets. Ghana’s defensive strength lies in tackle success and interceptions, with its defenders covering one of the largest distances of top sides. Insights: Ghana did not concede more than one goal in any of the game in the World Cup Qualification.
Portugal vs Ghana Head to Head
There has only been one game between Portugal and Ghana, which took place during the 2014 World Cup, where Portugal won 2-1.
Ghana vs Portugal Prediction and Odds
Portugal’s Qatar 2022 squad
Goalkeepers Diogo Costa (Porto) Rui Patrício (Roma) Jose Sa (Wolverhampton)
Defenders Joao Cancelo (Manchester City) Diogo Dalot (Manchester United) Nuno Mendes (PSG) Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) Pepe (Porto) Ruben Dias (Manchester City) Danilo Pereira (PSG) Antonio Silva (Benfica) Midfielders William Carvalho (Betis) Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton) Joao Palhinha (Fulham) Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) Joao Mario (Benfica) Vitinha (PSG) Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) Otavio (Porto) Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton)
Attackers Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United) Joao Felix (Atlético de Madrid) Rafael Leao (Milan) Goncalo Ramos (Benfica) Ricardo Horta (Braga) Andre Silva (RB Leipzig)
Ghana World Cup Squad
Goalkeepers: Abdul Nurudeen (Eupen), Ibrahim Danlad (Asante Kotoko), Lawrence Ati Zigi (St Gallen)
Defenders: Denis Odoi (Bruges), Tariq Lamptey (Brighton), Alidu Seidu (Clermont), Daniel Amartey (Leicester), Joseph Aidoo (Celta Vigo), Alexander Djiku (Strasbourg), Mohammed Salisu (Southampton), Abdul Rahman Baba (Reading), Gideon Mensah (Auxerre)
Midfielders: Andre Ayew (Al-Sadd), Thomas Partey (Arsenal), Elisha Owusu (Gent), Salis Abdul Samed (Lens), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax), Daniel Kofi Kyereh (Freiburg)
Forwards: Daniel Afriyie Barnieh (Hearts of Oak), Kamal Sowah (Club Brugge), Issahaku Abdul Fatawu (Sporting), Osman Bukari (Red Star Belgrade), Inaki Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Kamaldeen Sulemana (Rennes)
Portugal vs Ghana Prediction and Final Analysis
The 2022 FIFA World Cup has taken an interesting turn with two major upsets in the last two days. Saudi Arabia defeated the major World Cup contender, and Argentina and Japan pulled out a 2-1 win over Germany. Today, Christiano Ronaldo-led Portugal will take on Ghana in a Group H match.
Portugal will be starting as favorites but Ghana can prove to be a litmus test for Portugal in their opening counter despite their inconsistent form. The 2010 World cup quarter-finalist possesses a plethora of talent in defense and could be a hard wall to breach for the Selecao.
Portugal on the other side has possessed a potent attacking unit with players like Rafael Leao, Ronaldo, and Jaao Felix who are more than capable of putting any defence to swords.
Based on our analysis, the game won’t have many goals, probably under 2.5 with Portugal winning 1-0