World Cup 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 17:00 GMT (13:00 Local time)
Estádio Nacional de Brasilia, Brasília
Portugal vs Ghana Preview
Portugal and Ghana will try to secure a place in the knockout stage of the World Cup with winning in their matchup within the third round of the Group G. However, regardless of the final outcome of this match, their chances are not great, because the passage into the next round depends on the outcome of the match between Germany and the United States.
Portugal has won only one point, with extremely poor goal difference (2-6), because of which Cristiano Ronaldo and his team mates have the least chances of winning the second place, since two conditions must be met – a victory of the Portuguese with at least two or three goals of difference and defeat of the United States with at least four or three goals difference. From what we have seen so far, fulfillment of the second condition is difficult for achieving, while Portugal could still bring off a convincing victory against confusing team of Ghana. In order to achieve this aim, Cristiano Ronaldo must be a team leader in a way that has been expected of him, since he failed it in the last two games. Poor form their best player is not the only problem with which the team of Portugal has faced in the tournament, but also injuries of several players, as well as Pepe’s red card in the match with the United States, which is why he will miss this match.
Probable line-up of Portugal (4-3-2-1): Beto – J. Pereira, R. Costa, Bruno Alves, A. Almeida – R. Meireles, Veloso, Moutinho – Nani, C. Ronaldo – Eder
Ghana is in a better position than Portugal due to significantly better goal difference (3-4), so they could achieve passage into the next round with a narrow win against Portugal. However, more difficult problems plague this team. They have recently had a lot of conflicts, both within the team, and in relations between them and their country’s football federation. The players refused to play the third game if they do not receive premiums, so the president of the state has dispatched three million dollars in Brazil. There were physical confrontations in this conflict, so the coach Appiah has removed maybe two top quality players, Muntari and Boateng, from the team. Muntari has not anyway had the right to play in this game because of two yellow cards in the previous two games, but the absence of Boateng is unexpected, so this will be an additional problem for this team.
Probable line-up of Ghana (4-2-3-1): Dauda – Opare, Boye, Mensah, Asamoah – Essien, Rabiu – Atsu, J. Ayew, A. Ayew – Gyan
Portugal vs Ghana Match Prediction
Given all these circumstances, it seems to me that there are good conditions for the final victory of Portugal, which may not be sufficient to qualify for the next round, but it would be enough for honor of the team. Of course, a role of Cristiano Ronaldo will be crucial. Portugal -0.5. Over 2.5 Goals. Cristiano Ronaldo Anytime Goalscorer.