Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal open their World Cup campaign on Thursday against GhanaGhana is the outsider to qualify from Group H
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All the talking stops on Thursday, as Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the soccer pitch for the first time since his controversial departure from Manchester United. Ronaldo will be looking to help Portugal get off to the perfect start at the 2022 World Cup, as the nation opens its campaign in Group H against Ghana.
It is always likely that the world’s best players will be in the news. However, the past seven days have been unprecedented, as Cristiano Ronaldo’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan led to his release at Manchester United. But, Ronaldo will be looking to do some of his talking on the pitch on Thursday, as Portugal opens their World Cup campaign against Ghana.
Prestes a iniciarmos a nossa campanha na maior competição do Mundo. Uma aventura que desejamos longa e repleta de sucessos, de forma a elevarmos bem alto o nome e a bandeira do nosso país. Queremos encher todos os portugueses de orgulho e alegria. Não há impossíveis! Força 🇵🇹🙏🏽💪🏽 pic.twitter.com/GhfbIM5UDo— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 23, 2022
The Portuguese have never been crowned world champions, with the closest that they have come being in 1966, as they finished third. However, despite all the talk about this being Lionel Messi’s final World Cup, Portugal, and Ronaldo have gone slightly under the radar.
They boast excellent quality across the pitch, with Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, and Joao Felix all operating around the captain. However, they will need to improve on their recent showings at the World Cup, as they have won just three games across the previous three editions.
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Ghana is the clear outsider for progression in Group H, as they ranked down in 61st in the FIFA rankings. Their previous best showing at the World Cup came in 2010, as they reached the quarterfinals in South Africa. However, they very much look to be a team in progression this year.
Despite this, their preparation for the tournament has been pretty strong, as they have won their previous two games without conceding. The pick of those results came in the middle of November, as they claimed a 2-0 win over Switzerland.
There is quality within this team, with Arsenal ace Thomas Partey and Elisha Owusu likely to form a solid pair. However, the emphasis on goals will rest on the shoulders of Jordan Ayew and Inaki Williams. Ghana is a slight unknown coming into the tournament, but they have more than enough talent to pose a threat to Portugal.
It’s no surprise that Ronaldo features in our prop selection for this fixture. The Portuguese ace is no stranger to making the headlines, and we expect him to make the news for the right reasons on Friday morning. He netted the winner in the only previous meeting between the sides at the 2014 World Cup, and history could repeat itself.Prop Bet SelectionVegas OddsCristiano Ronaldo to score anytime+100
I feel that Portugal has gone under the radar in the build-up to the World Cup, and they have all the quality to go far in the competition this year. However, this won’t be an easy assignment against Ghana, and a one-goal winning margin is likely. Ghana’s bigger tests come in their following two fixtures, as they face Uruguay and South Korea next week.
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