Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking forward to a good World Cup in order to land a new deal in January away from Manchester United. Visit our sportsbook to get the best World Cup markets and bonuses.
Portugal Half-Time / Full-Time (+105)
Early starts have been Portugal’s recipe of late. They scored 11 of their 16 goals in the Nations League before halftime, while nine of their final 14 strikes in World Cup qualifiers happened before the break. They also raced out to a two-goal lead against Nigeria in their pre-tournament warm-up game before beating the African team 4-0. Fernando Santos’ side has the tendency to play at a more disciplined pace while still creating opportunities to score.
Portugal have been leading at halftime in each of their last 10 victories while scoring the opening goals in each of their group games at Euro 2020. Expect them to take an early lead against Ghana, with the favorites looking ready for a winning start. Everyone can score for Portugal, even the fullbacks, but the one and only Cristiano Ronaldo has also something to prove in Qatar after being criticized by the international media following his interview with Piers Morgan.
Bruno Fernandes Anytime Goalscorer (+275)
Ronaldo will lead the Portuguese attack at the World Cup for the last time in his career and he will get a lot of help from fellow Premier League stars Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes. Without the injured Diogo Jota, Rafael Leao is expected to start out wide. Ronaldo didn’t play in the warm-up match against Nigeria and Joao Felix impressed in his place. He is more than likely to return against Ghana, but there’s no value in backing him to find the back of the net.
Fernandes managed to score twice in a 4-0 win over Nigeria before the World Cup and looks like he could go on and have a really impressive World Cup. The Man United superstar has netted five goals in his last eight matches for his country and we will include him in our soccer picks and parlays.
Most defenders will definitely have their attention on Ronaldo during the game and this offers Fernandes the freedom to pick up pockets of space in dangerous areas, something Ghana will have to be wary about.
Both Team to Score (+150)
Although they are not one of the favorites in Group H, Ghana is going through a good moment and can be very dangerous. They have looked impressive in their most recent matches and have a talented group of players, especially further forward, that can’t be underestimated. We don’t believe they will be capable of an upset, but we expect them to score and this market is priced at +150 with the latest soccer odds.
Tariq Lamptey, Mohammed Salisu and Inaki Williams have all made the cut for the World Cup, while the emergence of Ajax midfielder Mohammed Kudus is another bright spot. They might surprise everyone – not necessarily against Portugal but against Uruguay and South Korea.
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