2022 World Cup Betting Preview: Group H Odds

Written By Dan Tracey on October 21, 2022 - Last Updated on November 10, 2022
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We are weeks away from the festivities getting underway in Qatar. It is now just days and with the 32 nations finishing the last of their preparations, they must also hope that their key names make it to the Middle East in full fitness. 

Our group-by-group stage guide is also moving along at a considerable pace. We covered Group G in our previous article, so it is now time to analyze what is likely to happen within Group H.

Group H Team Previews

Each team plays the others in the group once. The top-two finishers after round robin play advance from the group to a single-elimination knockout stage. Wins earn three points. A draw is worth one point. A loss is worth zero points. 

Portugal

Outright Odds : Although Cristiano Ronaldo could likely go on for many more years, 2022 is considered to be his last genuine attempt at winning the World Cup. After picking up every other major accolade, this is one piece of silverware that still alludes him.

Portugal have never won the World Cup themselves. For all the talent that they have possessed since Ronaldo’s emergence on the international stage, it is fair to say that they have largely flattered to deceive.

Father time is finally catching up with the 37-year-old, and with him only being afforded a handful of minutes at Manchester United this season, he will not make the trip to Qatar in the finest of fettle.

That perhaps diminishes Portugal’s hopes of a first ever World Cup win and with Diogo Jota now ruled out with an injury, the absence of the Liverpool star is an undoubtedly a hammer blow for manager Fernando Santos.

Group Qualification Odds : If this article was written at the start of October, backing Portugal to top Group H would be all but a certainty. However, the injury to Jota may have titled the balance closer towards the other three teams and stopped a foregone conclusion from being played out.

Portugal can still call upon the likes of Bernardo Silva. With the Manchester City star being a rather versatile hand within the starting eleven, he will go a long way to filling the void that has been created by Jota’s absence.

With the avoidance of Brazil in the Round of 16 acting as an additional incentive, Portugal will not want to simply coast through the group stage. Therefore, they are still the smart pick when it comes to winning this four-team shootout.

Uruguay

Outright Odds : As the first nation to ever win the World Cup, Uruguay have earned their place in soccer history. However, it is history where the South American nation have been largely consigned and although they lifted the trophy in 1930 and 1950, they have rarely threatened to do so since

The closest that the inaugural winners came was back in 2010, as the likes of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani led Uruguay to the semifinals in South Africa. Although these two are likely to make the trip to Qatar, they are not the lethal strike force they once were.

There is a new wave of Uruguayan talent that has come to the fore. Darwin Nunez made the switch from Benfica to Liverpool in the summer and he is leading this latest generation of La Celeste.

Admittedly Nunez’s transition to the Premier League has not been the smoothest. There is certainly a sense of him still learning on the job. However, if he can show the kind of skills that earned him a move in the first place, Uruguay could be something of a handful.

Group Qualification Odds : Although Uruguay are second favorites in Group H, this might actually be one of the rare occasions where the form book is not adhered to. If the joints of this aging squad start to creek, it could mean trouble for manager Diogo Alonso.

There is still talent throughout the names that are likely to be on the plane to Qatar. The question is whether they have another tournament in them. If they go there needing Suarez and Cavani to ask the questions in attack, they may not have the answer when it comes to goals.

Ghana

Outright Odds : With player registration rules changing in recent years, Ghana are arguably one of the nations that has profited the most. A raft of European stars changed their allegiance and it has bolstered their hopes of a positive showing in Qatar.

Tariq Lamptey left the England setup and there is still hope that Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah will do the same. If this were the case, his addition to the squad would go alongside the recent arrival of Inaki Williams from Spain.

Lamptey and Williams’ additions have certainly bolstered Ghana’s ranks. With established names such as Jordan and Andre Ayew also ready to be called upon, there is an interesting blend of youth and experience within the squad.

Group Qualification Odds : If the form book is not to be adhered to, then there has to be an upset somewhere. It may just come in the shape of Ghana. With their squad being reinforced by new and exciting talents, they could also be one of the few nations that profits from the weather in the Middle East.

After reaching the last eight in South Africa 12 years ago, this kind of climate will be conducive to their style of football. If you are looking for a value punt in the first two weeks of the World Cup, backing Ghana to reach the Round of 16 might be the one.

South Korea

Outright Odds  : Although South Korea will be largely unfancied in Qatar, they can call upon a player who is prepared to run every yard necessary for his country. While this is not a player who only possesses incredible levels of fitness, he also possesses an incredible level of attacking talent. 

The man in question is Heung min-Son. After winning the Premier League’s Golden Boot at the end of last season, he will carry the weight of the nation on his large shoulders. If he is firing on all cylinders, there might just be a surprise or two in Group H.

The Tottenham forward played a part in South Korea’s shock win over Germany four years ago. Although it was not enough to see the team qualify for the Round of 16, it played a huge part in sending the 2014 winners home earlier than expected.

Qualification Odds : While throwing the form book out the window may also open the qualification door for South Korea, and if they can get the better of Ghana, it will only change the complexion of Group H even further. 

If South Korea assembles four points from their first two fixtures– those being against Uruguay and Ghana– it may be enough to reach the knockout phase. It would only be the second time in their history and be nothing less than deserved.

Best of luck handicapping World Cup Group H odds.

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