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Portugal and Ghana will meet for the second time in international football on Thursday in the 2022 FIFA World Cup at Stadium 974. The teams’ previous encounter was at the 2014 edition of the World Cup, as Portugal won 2-1. 

The atmosphere surrounding the Portuguese camp isn’t the best after Cristiano Ronaldo stole the headlines by criticising Manchester United in a television interview. Since then, Man United and Ronaldo have parted ways, and there is a sense the player could bring down Portugal’s attempts to win the World Cup. 

Ghana aren’t at the World Cup to make up the numbers. The Black Stars reached the finals by defeating Nigeria in an AFCON World Cup playoff. Ghana’s squad is immensely talented, but head coach Otto Addo needs to get the best out of his team to qualify for the knockout stages. 

Sportsbooks’ best betting odds on a Portugal win at full-time are 2/5 while Ghana are at odds of 15/2 to win. A draw is at the best betting odds of 15/4. Let’s explore some ideas for a bet builder for the World Cup fixture.     

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First-half Result: Portugal to win  

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Portugal are playing well in 2022. The only issue manager Fernando Santos could have is Ronaldo and his attitude, which could damage the team’s chances of winning the World Cup. Portugal are unbeaten in seven of their last nine games in international football. 

Ghana are on a two-game winning streak, but those wins came after a poor start to 2022. Ghana won just three of 14 matches before the World Cup. They only qualified for the World Cup finals thanks to the away goals rule after back-to-back draws against Nigeria in the AFCON World Cup qualification playoffs. 

Five of the opening eight matches at the World Cup went into halftime with one of the teams winning. The other three fixtures were draws at the halftime break. Our betting tips prediction is for Portugal to get a first-half lead and go into the break winning. 

Both teams to score in the first half: NO

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How many goals will we see in the first half? Our betting tips prediction is few goals will be scored in the opening 45 minutes. Seven of the eight opening matches of the World Cup went into the halftime break with both teams not scoring goals. 

In the opening three days of the tournament, only Australia and France went into halftime with both teams on the scoresheet. Our betting tips prediction is for the first half to end NO BTTS. 

Ghana’s last five games in international football went into halftime with NO BTTS. Portugal’s last nine games went into halftime with NO BTTS. The Portuguese have not played a match in 2022 that finished the opening 45 minutes with both teams scoring. 

Total goals: Over 1.5 goals

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Six of the eight opening matches in the 2022 FIFA World Cup saw over 1.5 goals scored. Our betting tips prediction is for the trend to continue on Thursday with Portugal and Ghana combining for over 1.5 goals at full-time. 

Seven of Portugal’s nine games in 2022 finished with over 1.5 goals. Santos has a brilliant selection of attacking players. Portugal need to get off to a strong start as they will play Uruguay and South Korea next. Group H could be considered a group of death. Portugal are the top team in the group, but the other three teams are capable of taking points from them. 

Ten of Ghana’s 14 games in 2022 finished with over 1.5 goals. Three of their last four matches in all competitions ended with more than 1.5 goals scored. Ghana defeated Switzerland 2-0 on November 17 in a World Cup friendly. They can score goals but so can Portugal. 

Bruno Fernandes to score anytime

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Portugal’s Bruno Fernandes goes into the World Cup in fine form for club and country. Fernandes scored twice in Portugal’s 4-0 win against Nigeria on November 17 to prepare for the tournament. 

There is debate over Ronaldo’s role for Portugal. It is believed his lack of pace and production could force Santos to leave him out of the starting XI. Fernandes is the main man for Portugal now. He will operate in an attacking midfield role that supports the main front main. 

Fernandes played on the right side of a 4-2-3-1 formation versus Nigeria. He will likely start there again and thanks to the advanced role, have a chance to score goals. Fernandes has 11 goals in 49 matches for Portugal since debuting in 2017.

Winning margin: Portugal to win by two or more goals

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Four of the opening eight games at the World Cup finished with a winning margin of two or more goals. Portugal are the favourite for a reason on Thursday. They should find a way to get goals against the Black Stars and win at full-time. 

Our betting tips prediction is for Portugal to win by a two or more goal margin. All six of Portugal’s victories in 2022 were by a two or more goal margin. Three of Ghana’s 14 matches in 2022 finished in defeat by a margin of two or more goals. 

Even with the issues, Ronaldo has and the possible effect he could have on the Portugal team; our betting tips prediction is for Portugal to win versus Ghana. Portugal are 14/1 to win the World Cup. A win against Ghana could see those odds grow shorter.