Our 16/1 fancy for Portugal v Ghana on Thursday

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Ghana (+1)
Over 4.5 yellow playing cards
Ruben Dias to aim 70 or extra passes
Over 9.5 Corners

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Thursday 4pm: Portugal v Ghana
TV: ITV and RTE2

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Ghana (+1)

Ghana come into this World Cup because the lowest-ranked staff within the match, however they’ve added a gaggle of proficient newly nationalised gamers that enhance the standard of their squad no finish. Ghana crashed out of the African Cup of Nations in embarrassing style earlier within the yr, choosing up only one level in a marketing campaign that ended with a humiliating defeat to Comoros.

Nevertheless, Ghana have modified their supervisor for the reason that AFCON and new coach Otto Addo has already proved his value by guiding them via a frightening World Cup play-off in opposition to Nigeria. Addo now has a number of proficient gamers at his disposal, together with Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey, Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams, and Southampton’s Mohammed Salisu.

They don’t seem to be the identical staff that reached the quarterfinals in 2010, however they’re greater than able to inflicting an upset or two. Portugal, however, have flattered to deceive at main tournaments, aside from their moderately lucky victory at Euro 2016 in France.

Portugal haven’t topped a gaggle at a significant match for the reason that 2006 World Cup and did not high their qualifying group final yr. They’ve an immensely proficient group of gamers however are held again by a restricted coach in Fernando Santos and an obvious incapacity to gel as a cohesive unit. It wouldn’t be a large shock to see them slipping up of their World Cup opener on Thursday so we’ll take Ghana (+1).

Over 4.5 yellow playing cards

As has been the case in some World Cup video games involving a stronger staff and a relative minnow, there’s a good likelihood that there will likely be a number of yellow playing cards on Thursday. Sides like Saudi Arabia and Australia have naturally given away fouls when taking over the likes of Argentina and France, incomes 9 yellow playing cards between them.

It’s prone to be an identical story between Ghana and Portugal. Ghana have earned 12 yellow playing cards of their final 5 video games in opposition to groups ranked above them and contemplating quite a few these video games have been friendlies, they’re prone to at the very least match that determine in opposition to Portugal.

Portugal aren’t any angels themselves, choosing up 15 yellow playing cards in six Nations League video games. With impetuous gamers like Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo, it wouldn’t be stunning in the event that they picked up yellow playing cards of their very own, particularly if issues aren’t going nicely for them. It’s Over 4.5 Yellow Playing cards subsequent.

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Ruben Dias to aim 70 or extra passes

Ruben Dias is a superb passer and can see quite a lot of the ball on Thursday, with Portugal prone to dominate possession. Dias averages 75 passes per sport for Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League this season, and a whopping 92 passes per sport in Europe.

His passing statistics are rather less spectacular for his nation, with a median of 63 passes per sport in World Cup qualifying. Nevertheless, he did handle a median of 82 passes per sport at Euro 2020 and can absolutely come near that common in opposition to Ghana on Thursday.

Ghana have recorded 44% possession or much less of their final 5 video games in opposition to groups ranked above them and Portugal might be anticipated to have at the very least 60% of the ball. Dias ought to comfortably report greater than 70 go makes an attempt on Thursday.

Over 9.5 corners

It’s possible that Portugal will win a lot of corners on Thursday if they’re pissed off by Ghana. It’s pure for a staff anticipated to win a sport to exert a big quantity of strain on their opposition objective when issues will not be going nicely, simply as Argentina received 9 corners in opposition to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Even when issues are going nicely, Portugal have received 39 corners of their final six outings at a median of 6.5 per sport and will at the very least match that common in opposition to Ghana. Ghana, however, have received 25 corners of their final six video games and may count on to win at the very least a couple of in opposition to Portugal, who’ve conceded 31 of their final seven video games at a median of roughly 4.5 per sport. We’ll end with Over 9.5 Corners within the sport.

Ghana (+1)
Over 4.5 yellow playing cards
Ruben Dias to aim 70 or extra passes
Over 9.5 Corners

*A Wager Builder with these bets pays at roughly 16/1 with Paddy Energy. CLICK HERE TO ADD IT TO YOUR BETSLIP.

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