Hope Dies Last
A victory would send Ghana to the World Cup Round of 16 for the third time in the nation’s history. Even a draw could be enough, but in that case, they would depend on the result of South Korea vs Portugal. As for Uruguay, Los Charruas have no other option than to win and even that wouldn’t be enough.
Ghana vs Uruguay Betting Lines
Ghana: Perfectly Balanced
Ghana started the tournament on the wrong foot. Well, kind of. The Black Stars lost 3-2 to Portugal, but keep in mind that the Navigators were heavily favored and Ghana had a great chance to even the score in stoppage time. Andrew Ayew and Osman Bukari were the scorers.
Four days later, they collided with South Korea in another goal-fest, but this time they got three points. Once again, the game finished 3-2. Mohammed Kudus, who plays for Ajax, was named Man of the Match after scoring a brace, including the winning goal. Mohammed Salisu also scored.
At the time of writing, only Ghana and Japan have scored and allowed the same number of goals, meaning the Black Stars and the Blue Samurai aren’t afraid of anything or anyone. It also means that head coach Otto Addo has done a great job establishing a winning mentality. Prior to the start of the World Cup, Ghana also beat Chile and Switzerland.
Besides Kudus, who’s only 22 years old, you should keep an eye on Thomas Partey and Inaki Williams, two veterans that are having a great season. Partey plays for Arsenal, the team atop the standings in the English Premier League, while Williams is Athletic Club’s top scorer in La Liga.
Scoop on Free Play from the Locker Room
First of all, Uruguay must win. Second of all, Los Charruas should try to score as many goals as possible. Finally, they could use some help from Portugal. Right now, the South Americans are at the bottom of Group H with one point and -2 in goal difference. South Korea also has one point but -1 in goal difference. If both end up with four points, the team with the better goal difference will advance.
Los Charruas opened the tournament with a goalless draw against South Korea. They won possession with 57 percent and managed to hold the Tigers of Asia to zero shots on target. The problem is that they only took one.
Four days later, they put up a good fight against Portugal in a 2-0 loss. Bruno Fernandes scored both goals in the second half. The second was from the penalty spot and in stoppage time.
We usually talk about Uruguay’s amazing attacking unit, which includes Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Edinson Cavani, but Los Charruas also have a feisty defensive unit led by veteran Diego Godin. Why am I mentioning this? Because Uruguay finished with a clean sheet in seven of its last 10 games in all competitions. Summing up, we’re talking about a well-balanced squad.
Ghana vs Uruguay Game Information
- Game: Ghana vs Uruguay
- Date/Time: Friday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. ET
- Location: Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah
- Ghana vs Uruguay Live Stream: fuboTV
Ghana vs Uruguay Picks & Prediction
- Worth Betting the Moneyline?
Yes, but only because our soccer prediction is a draw, which is offering a +280 price in the sportsbook, meaning a $100 wager could turn into a $380 payout. I’m going with the draw because Uruguay hasn’t been able to score a single goal and they’ll face a highly motivated team that is basically speedsters.
- Worth Betting ATS?
Yes. Ghana is +½ at +120, so if the game ends in a draw as we expect, the Black Stars will make you win $120 per every $100 wagered on them. In Uruguay’s case, -½ at -140, Los Charruas would have to win for you to collect.
- Worth Betting on the Totals?
The total in the sportsbook is set at 2½ goals and the under is offering a -120 price, so the answer is no. You would need to invest $120 in order to win $100. In this case, the money line and the ATS are much better deals.
Score Prediction: Uruguay 1, Ghana 1
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.