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Portugal vs Ghana prediction: How will today’s World Cup game go?

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Portugal face Ghana in Group H of the Qatar World Cup as both nations kick off their campaign.

This generation of Portuguese players will be desperate for justice, their talented side losing in the last 16 of the last World Cup and leaving last summer’s Euros in the group stage.

In fact, Portugal have only reached the semi-finals twice in their World Championship history, a record one would expect to see better – especially in recent years under captain Cristiano Ronaldo. However, they don’t occupy a straightforward group in Qatar, with Uruguay – who knocked them out in 2018 – joining South Korea to complete that group.

Their opener with Ghana will also mark Ronaldo’s first appearance since Tuesday’s announcement that he has left Manchester United by mutual consent.

Here’s everything you need to know.

When is it?

Portugal’s kick-off against Ghana is scheduled for 16:00 GMT (19:00 local time) on Thursday, November 24.

It is expected to take place at Stadium 974 in Doha.

How can I watch it?

ITV 1 will show the action live in the UK, while broadcaster ITVX’s app and website will also show the game live.

What’s up with the team?

Cristiano Ronaldo trains in Portugal ahead of his side’s World Cup opener in Qatar

(AFP via Getty Images)

Ronaldo missed Portugal’s 4-0 friendly win over Nigeria last week through illness, but the captain insisted he was fit to compete here.

Fernando Santos’ side are also in good form, and the same can be said for Ghana as things stand.

Planned compositions

Portugal XI: Costa; Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro; Neves, Carvalho, Fernandes; B Silva, Ronaldo, Leao

Ghana XI: Ati Zigi; Lamptey, Amartey, Djiku, Baba; Partey, Abdul Samed; Sulemana, Kudus, J Ayew; williams

Odds

Portugal – 4/11

Ghana – 9/1

Draw – 15/4

Via Betfair.

Prediction

Neither team has had it easy at the World Cup so far, and Portugal have struggled in the early rounds. So don’t be surprised if Ghana frustrates Ronaldo and co – before finally falling to Portugal’s top quality. Portugal 1-0 Ghana.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org