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Qatar 2022: What bets to make for Ghana?

| by Kevin Richard

image Qatar 2022: What bets to make for Ghana?
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be an extraordinary one, given the dates set aside for the competition. Ordinarily, the world’s most prestigious competition would be underway in June, but due to the extraordinary considerations to do with the host country, Qatar, we will have the tournament towards the end of the year. Just as the competition’s dates will be unique, so will Ghana’s participation, preparation, squad and ambitions. Here we look at how the team will likely be constituted and what bets we should be placing on them. SportyTrader offers you the best odds on this important event.

World Cup 2022 – Will Black Stars shine?

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The Ghana national team, also known as the Black Stars remains one of the strongest teams in Africa. They beat another strong side – Nigeria, in the final round of qualifiers, to get to this stage. Here, they will be making only their fourth appearance at a FIFA World Cup. The first ever time they did was in 2006 in Germany, and they went on to qualify for South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.

After missing out in Russia 2018, there will be a feeling that this is the time for them to shine. One thing about Ghana is that they’ve shown a vision to better the team after a disappointing group stage exit at the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). While they have an array of internationally acclaimed players, Ghana is making serious inroads in acquiring even more top talent with Ghanaian heritage, cherry-picking from some of the world’s best leagues.

There is a high likelihood that Tariq Lamptey and Eddie Nketiah, who have represented England at junior level will be in the World Cup team, while there’s also been an approach to Spain based Inaki Williams. These three could be part of the team in the next international break, and adding to the quality that includes Arsenal’s Thomas Partey, Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew and more, it is clear what Ghana is trying to do.

The recruitment policy has gone beyond just the playing unit. The technical team has German-born coach Otto Addo and former Ireland international and Newcastle United coach Chris Hughton as the Technical Director. Hughton has been instrumental in approaching more players of Ghanaian heritage, him being born of a Ghanaian father.

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World Cup 2022 – Ghana’s fixtures

Ghana will play in Group H of the tournament, against Portugal, Korea Republic and Uruguay.

  • Thursday 24/11/2022 – Portugal v Ghana at Stadium 974 (Doha)
  • Monday 28/11/2022 – Korea Republic v Ghana at Education City Stadium (Al Rayyan)
  • Friday 02/12/2022 – Ghana v Uruguay at Al Janoub Stadium (Al Wakrah)

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What bets to make on Ghana at Qatar 2022?

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As seen from the draw, Ghana will not have an easy ride at the 2022 World Cup. This will be the second time they face both Portugal and Uruguay at a FIFA World Cup. They suffered heartbreaks on both occasions, while in the four earlier meetings with South Korea, Ghana have been dominant, with three wins and a loss. In their second game at the World Cup, they will face Korea and Ghana have favorable odds, at 3.098 on 1XBet.

The game against Uruguay will evoke very painful memories, after the South Americans eliminated Ghana at the quarterfinals in 2010. Ghana should have won it in extra time after Luis Suarez’s handball blocked a goal-bound effort then Asamoah Gyan missed from the spot.

Meanwhile, Portugal was the last team to beat Ghana in a World Cup game, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winner in the 80th minute to eliminate Ghana from the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Mubarak Wakaso, Jordan Ayew and Andre Ayew are the players still around, from that team that faced Portugal. For Andre Ayew, this will be the third appearance at a FIFA World Cup.

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Ghana starts off with Portugal, which will be only the second time these two nations meet. In their 12 World Cup matches, Ghana have only failed to score in three – against Italy, Germany and Brazil. Coming into this year’s competition, Ghana have scored in each of their last five World Cup matches. Backing them to score here could pass, and the array of players they are trying to bring on board will be key in this aspect too.

Ghana are the lowest ranked in this group, at position 60 in the world. We do not expect them to lead the group at the end of it, but they should be able to give a good battle. Their emotional motivation against Uruguay after the 2010 pain should be able to give them the impetus. Uruguay are a quality side and should be able to handle this side of Ghana, not forgetting Luis Suarez, the man at the center of the 2010 controversy is still around. A draw should be good enough for Ghana here.

Korea have suffered three defeats in four against Ghana, but all these have been in friendly matches. Korea are ranked 31 places above Ghana as at the June FIFA Rankings but this is a game Ghana should view as winnable.

Ghana performed dismally in the Kirin Cup invitational tournament in June, losing to Japan and drawing with Chile but we should expect a stronger performance going forward. In September they have two AFCON qualification matches and we expect coach Otto Addo to have settled on the team he will use, while there’s still a possibility that two friendly matches will be squeezed in in October.

Generally, Ghana should be able to advance to the knockout stages.

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Did you know?

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Ghana skipper Andre Ayew is the only member of the current team who was in the 2010 World Cup squad. Ayew has two World Cup goals, both scored in the 2014 edition in Brazil. With 103 international caps, Ayew is in line to become the most capped, being just six below Asamoah Gyan.

Ghana are also jointly the most successful African nation at a FIFA World Cup. They achieved this feat after reaching the quarter finals in 2010. The only other nation to get that far is Cameroon. It will be a tall order for Ghana, bettering that and they are even tipped at odds of 29.00 on Bet365 to reach the semi-final stage.

Ghana is a team in transition and generally the coach and Technical Director are trying to ensure the transition is smooth. Key players like Andre Ayew are expected to pass the baton to younger players and here we are looking at the Lampteys and Nketiahs. It means we can expect an energetic performance from Ghana. For the sake of betting, it has already been mentioned that the Black Stars, based on history, will be favorites to score, so this can form a basis of sure bets to place for Ghana. In their opening game against Portugal, a ‘Both Teams to Score’ bet on BetObet for example comes with odds of 2.27.

There’s a psychological boost that comes with a mix of young and experienced players, which Ghana captures very well, and there will be no harm in betting on them being the best performing African team out there, as it were in South Africa 2010.

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