We have a range of World Cup predictions available across every team, group and game of the tournament in Qatar. Here is how we think Portugal will fare at the World Cup, and which betting odds are currently standing out to us.
Portugal has chalked up some landmark feats at the World Cup, but international football’s biggest prize has continued to elude them. Despite qualifying for this year’s edition in Qatar via the play-offs, Fernando Santos’ charges will be hoping to silence a few of their detractors.
Here we take a look at their chances, with betting tips and the latest odds, as well as looking at who can shine for them in Qatar, and who they will play in the tournament.
Portugal Odds and Betting Tips
A solid, without being special, opening game from Portugal saw them sneak a 3-2 win over Ghana, a good attacking performance, but one that did show their defensive issues.
Next up, Portugal play Uruguay on Monday night.
Portugal World Cup Odds and Predictions
For those looking to place bets on the competition in Qatar, we have a range of World Cup free bets on our main tournament page from a variety of different bookmakers.
Currently, Portugal is priced at 12/1 with William Hill to lift the Jules Rimet, which is perhaps a damning indictment of where they are at the moment.
Yes, Portugal went all the way at Euro 2016, but the World Cup as we know is a different kettle of fish. It feels like they may go unnoticed at times especially when the likes of Brazil and Argentina are prone to stealing the limelight. A Portugal win would set a cat amongst the pigeons, and it seems unlikely they will go all the way, despite the array of talent at Santos’ disposal.
For Portugal, they will be looking to erase memories of the 2018 World Cup when they succumbed in the Round of 16 stage after a 2-1 defeat to fellow Group H representatives Uruguay.
The quarter-finals should be the minimum remit for Portugal this time and Santos is unlikely to expect anything less. There are a few players that will be desperate to prove a point and show that Portugal won’t crumble under the pressure. A semi-final berth could be in the offing, and if you fancy Portugal to reach the last four, then William Hill has a tempting, if rather short looking price of 5/2.
In terms of other wagers, the Golden Boot market is always appealing. Ronaldo has struck seven times at the World Cup and he needs just three more goals to overhaul the legendary striker Eusebio to become Portugal’s top World Cup scorer. Ronaldo is always single-minded in his pursuit to break individual records, and he is priced at 14/1 to clinch the Golden Boot with William Hill which could be worth following up on.
Portugal World Cup Group
If you want to catch Portugal’s Group H games, we have supplied a list of all the kick-offs which are presented in UK times:
- Portugal 3-2 Ghana
- Monday, November 28: Portugal v Uruguay (Lusail Stadium, 7pm)
- Friday, December 2: South Korea v Portugal (Education City Stadium, 3pm)
Portugal 2022 World Cup Squad
Here is the confirmed Portugal World Cup squad that will be heading out to play at Qatar 2022.
- Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa (Porto), Jose Sa (Wolves), Rui Patricio (Roma).
- Defenders: Diogo Dalot (Manchester United), Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Danilo Pereira (PSG), Pepe (Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Antonio Silva (Benfica), Nuno Mendes (PSG), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund).
- Midfielders: Joao Palhinha (Fulham), Ruben Neves (Wolves), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United), Joao Mario (Benfica), Matheus Nunes (Wolves), Otavio Monteiro (Porto), Vitinha (PSG), William Carvalho (Real Betis).
- Forwards: Andre Silva (RB Leipzig), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Goncalo Ramos (Benfica), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafael Leao (AC Milan), Ricardo Horta (Braga).
Of the 32 World Cup representatives, Portugal has arguably one of the most highly-vaunted squads. There is quality dripping throughout and Cristiano Ronaldo is indisputably the linchpin. Despite a rather dismal campaign by all accounts with Manchester United, Ronaldo has always served his country with distinction, and he is indisputably one of the best players of his generation. With 117 goals to his name from 188 caps, Ronaldo would like to add a few more to that extraordinary tally and this could be his last World Cup, so he won’t want to fade into the sunset wondering what could have been.
Ronaldo has an able support cast and Bernardo Silva is also a shining light in this squad. The jinking attacking midfielder seems to glide through games and his left foot is something of a wand. He is always looking to take up pockets of space and he will be a handful for most defenders.
Similarly, Bruno Fernandes’ importance shouldn’t be understated. While he may be cruelly referred to in some parts of the footballing community as ‘Penaldes’ for his brilliant execution of penalties, Fernandes is far from a one-trick pony. He loves to link up play and he boasts an extraordinary passing range. If Fernandes can provide the service, then the likes of Ronaldo and even Diogo Jota will gobble it up. Arguably, Santos has a nice selection dilemma to contend with, but the three players we have referred to can make a big difference.
Three wins, two defeats and a draw is how Portugal ended their Nations League campaign, coming into the World Cup. Four of their six games came against Switzerland and Spain, two teams who are in the tournament here, so they have been playing some good teams.
Their most recent game of that competition was a 1-0 defeat at home to Spain.
Portugal World Cup History
Portugal have been to the World Cup finals a total of eight times, but they are yet to win the competition. Their best return so far was a third placed finish back in 1966, which was also the first time they had played in the finals.
Most recently, Portugal were knocked out at the last 16 stage, when they travelled to Russia for the 2018 tournament.
Verdict: How Far Will Portugal Go at 2022 World Cup?
In many respects, Portugal has been a bit of an enigma. They have never fully realised their potential at the World Cup, and their most recent history doesn’t bode well.
Santos has the makings of a brilliant side that has plenty of flair and firepower. Although Uruguay could provide some competition in Group H, Portugal should in theory find it a cakewalk. They have what it takes to make a deep foray, but realistically a semi-final appearance is the best they can hope for. Portugal is currying odds of 5/2 with William Hill to book a semi-final spot which could be quite intriguing.