Last but not least on our World Cup group analysis, we have group H. This group includes Euro 2016 champion Portugal, two times World Cup winners Uruguay, 4 times African Cup of Nations champion Ghana and 2 times Asian Cup winner South Korea.
This is one of the most stacked groups in terms of talent from the World Cup, with all the teams boosting an incredible set of talent that competes weekly in the main European football leagues and competitions.
Plus, this is the last World Cup for Portugal legends Ronaldo and Pepe, as well as for Uruguay’s dynamic duo Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani.
Meanwhile, South Korea will be led by rising star Son Heung-Min, while Ghana will rely on the blistering pace of Jordan Ayew and Iñaki Williams.
So, who is going through to the next stage? Here is our in-depth analysis.
ODDS TO WIN THE GROUP ACCORDING TO CLUTCHBET:
South Korea +1000
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QATAR WORLD CUP 2022 GROUP H CALENDAR:
24 November 2022: Uruguay – South Korea
24 November 2022: Portugal – Ghana
28 November 2022: South Korea – Ghana
28 November 2022: Portugal – Uruguay
2 December 2022: Ghana – Uruguay
2 December 2022: South Korea – Portugal
Portugal is no longer considered to the one of the underdogs to cheer for as they were some years ago. After winning the Euro 2016 and the UEFA Nations League 2017, they must be considered as favorites as they became one of the most prolific talent factories in Europe.
So, despite still having in their ranks one of the sport’s all-time GOATs, Cristiano Ronaldo, they are no more a one-man team.
They have among their lineup one of the world’s most promising goalkeepers, Diogo Costa (save his name), one of the best 3 center-backs worldwide, Ruben Dias (Manchester City), one incredible stacked midfield, which includes Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United) and Vitinha (PSG) and in the attack Serie A’s Player Of The Season, Rafael Leao.
So, what would stop them to go all the way? Well, questions have risen if their manager Fernando Santos is the right man to coach this incredible Portuguese generation. His conservative style, together with some very questionable tactical choices mid-games, might be slowing Portugal down.
Therefore, even if it looks on paper that they have probably their best squad ever, a perfect combination of youth, talent, and experience, will Santos be able to put this orchestra playing in synchrony? Portugal fans can only hope!
ClutchBet odds price them as the favorites to win the group at -149.
Portugal World Cup Possible Starting 11
Coach: Fernando Santos
Portugal World Cup Squad:
Fernando Santos announced the 26 chosen players on the 10th of November. Among the notables absentees, there is Diogo Jota (Liverpool), due to injury and Renato Sanches (PSG).
Ghana World Cup Possible Starting 11
Coach: Otto Addo
Uruguay, who have won two World Cups and 15 Copa Américas, are the second favorites to win their group and are competing in their 14th World Cup.
In the 2018 World Cup, Uruguay made it to the quarterfinals before losing to the eventual champions, France.
Uruguay finished the qualifying phase for the 2022 World Cup in third place, behind Argentina and Brazil.
Star athletes like Nacional’s Luis Suarez and Valencia’s Edinson Cavani will be giving their last dance, in what should be their la