Portugal Stats & Form
Portugal will be one of the most watched teams in the World Cup simply because of Cristiano Ronaldo. The Manchester United striker is one of the best players in history and this will probably be his last appearance in the World Cup since he is 37 years old.
Portugal needed to go through the Playoffs to find its way to the World Cup. They finished second in Group A after losing the last game at home to Serbia. Then, they defeated Turkey by 2-1 and Macedonia by 2-0 in the final playoff game.
Cristiano Ronaldo is not the only top level player on the squad as coach Fernando Santos can count on Diogo Jota from Liverpool and Bruno Fernandes from Manchester United.
This will be the eighth appearance for Portugal at the World Cup. They made their biggest success in their debut when they finished third in 1966. At the last World Cup in Russia, Portugal finished in 13th place.
Ghana Stats & Form
Ghana has been one of the best African teams in the past decade and despite the fact that they barely made it to the World Cup, they are definitely a team that can have a successful tournament.
Ghana finished on top of Group G in the first phase of the African qualifiers and they advanced to the World Cup because of an away goal in the Playoffs against Nigeria where both games finished in a tie.
Otto Addo is the coach of this team who took over the chair earlier this year. Andre Ayew, who plays for Al-Sadd in Qatar is the main player and team captain for Ghana. He will be the main man in the midfield while Jordan Ayew from Crystal Palace is the striker who is expected to be most dangerous.
Ghana has won 4 of the last 6 games and may be one of the Cinderella stories in this World Cup.
Ghana made their debut at the World Cup in 2006 and participated in the following two tournaments. Their best result so far is the quarterfinal in 2010 when they lost to Uruguay in one of the most dramatic games in World Cup history.
Portugal vs. Ghana Head-to-Head Stats
These two teams met at the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Portugal winning 2-1 with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the game winner.
Portugal vs. Ghana Betting Odds
Portugal is a favorite in the game against Ghana with -185 odds in their favor while Ghana is at 575. The odds for a draw are set at 290.
The total goals margin is set at 2.5 with 117 for over and -146 for under.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal almost missed the World Cup and now when they are into the competition, they are here to win. With Ronaldo at 100%, Portugal is definitely a team that can beat anybody. Ghana has their own qualities and dangerous strikers but that will not be enough against Portugal. Ronaldo knows how to play in big tournaments and he is the best when his team needs him the most. A starting win is very important for Portugal and Ronaldo will find a way to score, maybe even twice, and lead his nation to the starting three points.