World Cup Group H betting odds and predictions: Maybe Cristiano Ronaldo's last international tournament?

Group H will be one to watch, with Portugal, Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea all battling it out for group qualification. There is interesting history between certain nations in this group with old scores to settle, including Uruguay knocking Portugal out in the Round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup .

However Ghana v Uruguay in the final group game will be a match fuelled with tension after their 2010 World Cup quarterfinal. Luis Suárez deliberately handled the ball on the line in the 120th minute, Asamoah Gyan missed the resulting spot kick and the game went to a penalty shootout. Uruguay ended up qualifying, denying Ghana the opportunity to become the first African side to reach the final four, it’s safe to say Suárez’s cheating will not be forgotten by Ghana.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo against Uruguay's Cristhian Stuani and Matias Vecino at the 2018 World Cup. © Sipa USA-USA TODAY Sports

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo against Uruguay's Cristhian Stuani and Matias Vecino at the 2018 World Cup. © Sipa USA-USA TODAY Sports


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World Cup 2022 Group H fixtures

World Cup Group H FixturesWhen (ET)Where
Uruguay vs South KoreaNov 24, 8amEducation City Stadium
Portugal vs GhanaNov 24, 11amStadium 974
South Korea vs GhanaNov 28, 8amEducation City Stadium
Portugal vs UruguayNov 28, 2pmLusail Stadium
South Korea vs PortugalDec 2, 10amEducation City Stadium
Ghana vs UruguayDec 2, 10amAl Janoub Stadium

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World Cup 2022 Group H predictions

Portugal has an outstanding team full of top level players with plenty of experience in major competitions. Many regularly go deep in the Champions League and a lot remain from the 2016 European Championships , which they won. In fact, you could argue that Portugal’s current roster is even stronger, especially in defense which sees Manchester City’s Ruben Diaz and João Cancelo combine once again to sure up the back. Then there's the exciting midfield of Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva creating numerous chances for talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. With a roster better on paper than the other teams in group H, if this Portugal side manage to gel they will be the team to avoid.

Uruguay has an impressive World Cup record, making them a dangerous team in World Cup Group H. They have lifted the trophy twice, the first time was in the first ever edition of the tournament in which they hosted in 1930 and the second was 20 years later. Recently, they have made it out of the group stage in the last three World Cups, reaching the semifinals in 2010 and the quarterfinals in 2018. Uruguay’s roster has bags of experience which we believe will help the side qualify to the knockout stages ahead of Ghana and South Korea.

World Cup 2022 Group H free picks and prediction

  • Portugal to top the group (-152)

  • Uruguay to qualify to the knockout stage (-200)

Portugal World Cup 2022 overview

Portugal had to qualify the hard way and, in truth, got quite lucky - having come second in their qualifying group, they had to go through European play-offs to make it to Qatar. The first match saw them beat Turkey 3-1 to place themselves one step away from the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Most soccer fans assumed they would play Italy, who had to beat minnows North Macedonia, however the Italians conceded a 90th minute goal to leave everyone stunned.

Portugal midfield Bruno Fernandes. © Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Portugal midfield Bruno Fernandes. © Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Portugal rained on North Macedonia’s parade with a textbook 2-0 win to seal their spot at the World Cup, but this was a stark warning to the Portuguese that they can’t take any game for granted.

Any side that Cristiano Ronaldo plays in is guaranteed to see goals and we think the legendary player will have no problems finding the net in Qatar, especially with the creative players behind him. Premier League stars Fernandes and Silva have shown their talent and soccer brains for their respective clubs and should have a field day teeing up Ronaldo. We expect to see goals whenever this exciting Portugal side play, that’s if they can finish their chances – something that was not always the case in qualifying.

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Portugal picks and predictions

  • Cristiano Ronaldo to be top team goalscorer

  • Portugal to score over 6.5 goals

Ghana World Cup 2022 overview

Ghana got to the FIFA World Cup by the skin of their teeth, progressing to the play-offs by scoring more goals than South Africa after the two shared the same number of points and goal difference. They had to overcome Nigeria in the two legged play-off, drawing both games but going through on the away goals rule with a 1-1 tie away from home.

They scored the least amount of goals out of the African sides who came first in their qualifying groups. They struggle to score more than a goal a game and they will need to rely on their defense if they are to pick up points in World Cup Group H.

Ghana head into just their fourth World Cup, with their first appearance at the tournament being in 2006 when they reached the Round of 16 before being eliminated. Their best performance came in 2010 in South Africa but came to a bitter end due to Suarez and Uruguay, a match that will likely be a fiery clash.

If Ghana continue to struggle to find the back of the net, they will be out of the tournament before they know it with other sides in their group possessing creative and talented attackers.

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Ghana picks and predictions

  • Ghana to not qualify for the knockout stage (-303)

  • Ghana to score under 1.5 team goals

Uruguay World Cup 2022 overview

Uruguay are an entertaining side that can often be at the center of drama, especially when Luis Suárez is involved. Whether it’s his handball against Ghana in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals, or when he received a nine-game ban and was sent home from the tournament for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini at the 2014 World Cup. The forward is certainly a brilliant player, however he is also one of the sport’s biggest villains to many fans.

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez battles with Mexico's Jesus Angulo. © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez battles with Mexico's Jesus Angulo. © Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

At 35 years old, he isn’t quite the player he used to be, but he is still a massive threat as seen in his 2021/22 season numbers. The former Barcelona star scored 13 goals for Atletico Madrid, and eight goals for Uruguay in their qualifying campaign making him the team’s top goalscorer. In what will most likely be his last World Cup, we can see him ending on a high with goals and quality entertainment.

If Uruguay finish runners up in Group H, they will likely face Brazil in the Round of 16 knockout match. With the Brazilians being tournament favorites and beating Uruguay in qualifying twice with a combined score of 6-1, it is hard to see Uruguay reaching the quarterfinals.

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Uruguay picks and predictions

  • Luis Suarez to be top team goalscorer

  • Uruguay to be knocked out in the Round of 16

South Korea World Cup 2022 overview

South Korea will be dreaming of a repeat of their 2002 success story as the side reached the semifinal when they co-hosted the World Cup alongside Japan. Against all odds, South Korea topped their group and managed to beat Italy and Spain in the knockout phases before being eliminated by Germany in the semis. However, since then, they have only gotten out of the group stage once and the 2022 Qatar World Cup may not be the year they achieve that goal.

South Korea came second in their World Cup qualification group which included Iran and the United Arab Emirates meaning they gained automatic qualification to Qatar. They set up defensively and are a difficult side to break down as seen in the three goals put past them during qualifying, this allows South Korea to use their attackers such as Tottenham star Son Hueng-Min to counter attack. However, in World Cup Group H, it looks likely that teams such as Portugal and Uruguay will have too much attacking quality and experience for South Korea to keep a clean sheet.

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South Korea picks and predictions

  • Son Hueng-Min to be top team goalscorer

  • South Korea to not qualify for the knockout stages (-303)

Group H scenarios

World Cup Group H is paired with Group G – made up of Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon. If Portugal are the Group H winners, which sportsbooks have them most likely to be, they will play second place in Group G which in our predictions would be Switzerland. In this Round of 16 clash, we predict Portugal to progress where they could potentially play Belgium in the quarterfinals.

If Uruguay finish second in Group H, it will most likely set up an all South American Round of 16 match with Brazil which will be a feisty clash as seen in previous fixtures between the two. We would expect Brazil to progress from this tie which would give them the chance to play Spain in the next round and maybe even a mouth watering tie against Argentina in the semifinals if both sides make it that far.

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Group H roster updates

4:3 sizing - Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates. © Sipa USA-USA TODAY Sports

Portugal roster updates

Portugal will boast one of the most exciting rosters at the World Cup making them a dangerous team to face. As always, Cristiano Ronaldo will make the headlines, but Portugal aren’t short of goalscorers if he misses out. Diogo Jota has proven to be a top finisher in the Premier League whilst youngsters Renato Sanches and João Félix will be hoping to get some minutes in Qatar.

Jul 20, 2022; Orlando, FL, USA; Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey (5) controls the ball against Orlando City in the second half at Exploria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Ghana roster updates

As Ghana make their first World Cup appearance in eight years, they will need to be at the top of their game if they are to qualify from the group. Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey will be a key player if he can stay injury free. André Ayew scored for Ghana in the 2014 World Cup and has proven to be a decent finisher in previous seasons, expect to see his name on the scoresheet.

4:3 USA defender Walker Zimmerman (3) controls the ball as Uruguay midfielder Federico Valverde (15) defends during an international friendly soccer match at Children's Mercy Park. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Uruguay roster updates

Luis Suarez in no stranger to the World Cup and the drama that comes with it. In what will surely be his final outing on the world’s biggest stage, we can see him being an important part of Uruguay’s squad. Real Madrid star Federico Valverde could pave the way for Uruguay’s next generation of stars alongside new and exciting Liverpool striker Darwin Núñez.

4:3 Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-Min against FC Barcelona during an International Champions Cup soccer match at Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

South Korea roster updates

Son Hueng-Min will be South Korea’s main threat in Qatar. The attacker will have learnt plenty of lessons from the experienced Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte. Son will need his quality and experience to rub off on his team mates if South Korea are to reach the knockout rounds of the tournament.

World Cup 2022 Group H players to watch

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is already one of the best payers in the history of the game. The 37-year-old has enjoyed one of the most successful careers, winning five Champions Leagues, seven league titles, one European Championship, whilse scoring over 750 goals in the process. Despite his age, Ronaldo is still performing incredibly well, the Portuguese star scored 18 league goals and six in the Champions League this season, proving he can absolutely still produce at the top level. He'll almost certainly be on penalty duty, and take most, if not all, direct free-kicks. We expect to see Ronaldo score multiple goals once again, as he has done in every international tournament he has played for in Portugal.

Son Hueng-Min

Son Hueng-Min is undoubtedly South Korea’s biggest name, the forward is a hero in his country after raising the profile of the nation and making South Koreans proud with his impressive performances for Tottenham Hotspur. The 2021/22 season was one of son’s best on an individual level as he came joint top goalscorer in the Premier League with 23 goals. South Korea are not be written off in World Cup Group H, as seen when they beat Germany 2-0 in the 2018 World Cup with Son finding the back of the net.

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Group H players to watch picks

  • Cristiano Ronaldo to be top goal scorer in the group

  • Son Hueng-Min to score over 1.5 goals

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