2022 World Cup Group H Betting Odds and Expert Predictions
Group H odds to win group:
South Korea: +1000
The World Cup is just days away, and the group stage betting lines are now open. There are numerous ways to attack the markets, and plenty of money can be made during the group stage. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the competitors.
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Ghana is going to their 4th World Cup and will be looking to match their quarter finals appearance in 2010. Ghana came so close to a semi finals appearance. And were it not for a Luis Suarez handball they would have bested Uruguay. They will have a chance for redemption against their South American rivals, as beating Uruguay represents their best chance at qualification. The squad heading to Qatar features some familiar names, with Thomas Partey, Daniel Amartey, and Jordan Ayew all looking to translate their Premier League success into success with their national team. While Ghana may not be fielding the strongest squad, a weak Group H may offer an opportunity to sneak through.
One last chance. Cristiano Ronaldo has one more chance to top his Euro 2016 win and bring home the ultimate prize for Portugal. The 37-year-old star has become quite the controversy, as scuffles with Manchester United staff and teammates have become a frequent occurrence. The attention may be on Ronaldo, but Portugal is bringing one of the most talented squads in the competition. The depth and young talent up and down the squad is hard to deny, with the likes of Joao Felix and Bernardo Silva joining Ronaldo in the front line. A defensive midfield will allow Bruno Fernandes to stay forward and get creative, while a solid defense should keep the clean sheets intact. Ronaldo has one more chance to win the World Cup before hanging up his boots, and his Portuguese teammates will certainly be doing everything in their power to make this happen.
South Korea has qualified for their 10th straight World Cup and will be looking to replicate their 4th-place finish in 2002. The depth for South Korea may not be there, but the determination will never falter; that determination led them to a big win over Germany in 2018. Superstar Heung-Min Son will be fit for the tournament and will join Hwang-Hee Chan in the front line. South Korea will certainly be entering Group H in the underdog role, but a win against Ghana and a positive result against one of the other two could be enough to earn advancement into the next round. They are certainly at a talent deficit, but stranger things have happened than South Korea achieving a knockout stage berth.
The first World Cup winners will look to repeat their success almost 100 years later. Uruguay has had 5 finishes of 4th place or better, including 2 World Cup wins. Heading to Qatar, their golden generation of strikers is on the way out, while a group of youngsters will all look to make their mark in Uruguayan lore. Forwards Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will be at their final World Cup, and the same can be said about goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and defenders Diego Godin and Martin Caceres. Uruguay has consistently fielded a solid team, but never a great one. They’ve made it out of the group on each of the last 3 World Cups and will be thinking advancing from Group H is one of the easier tasks they’ve had. While it won’t be a walk in the park, Uruguay will be confident they can take care of business against Ghana and South Korea, ensuring themselves a spot in the Top 2.
Group H is missing a solid frontrunner, as Portugal is the top team in the group with only the 8th best World Cup odds. At the top of the group, Portugal comes in with -160 odds compared to Uruguay’s +200. Portugal comes in with some of the shortest favorite odds in all 8 groups and represents solid value to win the group. Odds of -160 is a reasonable price to pay for a team led by 5 time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo. Unless Uruguay gets all 3 points in matchday 2 against them, Portugal should finish on top.
Portugal and Uruguay are the overwhelming favorites to qualify with odds of -550 and -250, respectively. For the underdogs, South Korea (+225) and Ghana (+300) don’t represent enough value for me to take a shot. Let’s look elsewhere for the best bet.
The top bet for this group is for South Korea to finish bottom at +100. The looming injury for Heung-Min Son, coupled with the depth Ghana is bringing to Qatar, forces me to give the edge to the African squad. South Korea does not have the talent to compete and will likely finish with 1 point or less.
Group H Prediction:
Portugal 7 Points
Uruguay 5 Points
Ghana 2 Points
South Korea 1 Point
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