The group stage of World Cup 2022 comes to an end on Friday, as the six sides in Groups G and H play out their final matches.
Brazil and Portugal are already through to the round of 16, but there are two places in the knockout phase still up for grabs.
The odds for December 2 have been supplied by the DraftKings sportsbook, where up to $1250 in free bets are available.
Ghana have all the motivation they need for Friday’s game. Luis Suarez’s infamous handball denied them a place in the World Cup semi-finals in 2010. The striker will feature in some capacity on matchday three, as Ghana and Uruguay battle it out for a place in the last 16.
A draw would be enough for Ghana to advance, provided South Korea do not beat Portugal. If Uruguay do not win, they will be going home over the weekend. The stakes could not be higher.
Ghana have been one of the tournament’s entertainers so far, scoring five goals and conceding five. Their speed could trouble an Uruguay team that has looked labored and ponderous so far, but the Celeste will fancy their chances in attack too.
With Portugal already safely through to the round of 16, Fernando Santos will use this as an opportunity to hand some game time to fringe members of his squad. After two impressive cameos off the bench against Ghana and Uruguay, Rafael Leao will almost certainly feature from the first whistle here.
The AC Milan man is an excellent forward. He was voted as the most valuable player in the league when his team won the Serie A title last term. Leao’s combination of speed, trickery, and finishing ability means he may be Portugal’s main goal threat here.
As such, consider backing him to find the net anytime. Because South Korea need a win, they will likely leave space at the back which Leao will be ready to exploit.
Serbia and Switzerland will lock horns on Friday in the knowledge that the winner will probably advance to the next round. A victory would definitely be enough for the Swiss, while Serbia would go through if they win and Cameroon fail to beat Brazil.
When so much is on the line, the soccer played by both teams is often cautious. In a similar game earlier in the week, the USA beat Iran by a goal to nil. In this match, though, we anticipate goals at both ends.
Serbia have numerous talented attackers and they gave a demonstration of their firepower in a 3-3 draw with Cameroon last time out. But they also give opponents a chance with their occasionally slack defensive structure, so the Swiss should be able to find the net too.
If Brazil go on to win World Cup 2022, it could be their defense that makes the difference. It is only inevitable that the attacking riches in Tite’s squad draw most of the attention, but the solidity of the Selecao’s backline is hugely impressive. Brazil only conceded five goals in 17 South American qualifiers, while they have kept back-to-back clean sheets in Qatar.
But with Tite’s side safely through to the knockout phase, the manager could ring the changes for this game. Cameroon look set to go out of the tournament on Friday, but they showcased their attacking potential with three goals against Serbia last time out.
If Brazil take their eye off the ball in the knowledge that they are already in the next round, Cameroon could take advantage by finding the net.
Dates: November 20 - December 18
How to Watch: Fox Sports, Telemundo, fuboTV
Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
© Rebel Penguin ApS 2023 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)
We support responsible gambling. If you feel like you're losing control over your gambling experience, call 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ, PA, WV), 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN), 1-800-BETS-OFF (IA), 1-800-522-4700 (NV), 1-800-522-4700 (CO, TN), 1-855-2CALLGA (IL), 1-800-270-7117 (MI).
WSN.com is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.
Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.