Four nations from four different regions make up Group H, which will be an interesting one to watch during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Portugal and Uruguay are the favorites to qualify for the knockout rounds, with aging stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suárez looking to make their mark on the international stage one last time.
South Korea and Ghana won’t make their opponents’ lives easy in the opening round, however, as both nations are among the most talented in their regions and feature Premier League talents in Son Heung-Min and Thomas Partey, respectively, who can take over matches in different ways.
Let’s take a look at these World Cup odds and pick out our Group H best bets.
World Cup Group H Winner Odds
- Portugal (-155)
- Uruguay (+210)
- South Korea (+1000)
- Ghana (+1200)
World Cup Group H odds are current as of Friday, Oct. 14, at FanDuel Sportsbook.
Despite qualifying through the European Playoffs, Portugal are favorites to win Group H (as well as holders of one of the 10 shortest odds to win the World Cup).
Fernando Santos‘ squad is loaded with talent from front to back, but it might be hard to lay the juice with a country that hasn’t won its group since the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
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The Portuguese are often portrayed as dark-horse candidates, but they have rarely been able to replicate their successes at the European Championships at the World Cup.
A lack of talent isn’t the issue, as the squad is full of Premier League stars in the form of Ronaldo, his Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes; the Manchester City triumvirate of Bernardo Silva, Rúben Dias, and João Cancelo; Liverpool’s Diogo Jota, and more.
The fact that youngsters Rafael Leão and João Félix could start on the bench shows you just how much attacking talent this squad has.
The defense is plenty serviceable, so is this the year Portugal gets past the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006? Time will tell.
Uruguay finished third behind Brazil and Argentina in South American qualifying and have only lost once under the leadership of manager Diego Alonso, who took over in December.
La Celeste are typically defensively sound and have a standout midfielder in Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde. Liverpool forward Darwin Núñez provides a more youthful goal threat than Suárez and Edinson Cavani, who were both world-class talents in their primes but are now 35 years old.
This is an experienced team that won all three of its group matches in Russia. Uruguay could certainly give Portugal some trouble.
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South Korea (+1000)
South Korea has advanced out of the group stage at the World Cup just twice, first doing so as the co-hosts in 2002 en route to a fourth-place finish and then reaching the Round of 16 in 2010.
Son Heung-min is the talisman of this team and the Tottenham star will be relied upon to do the heavy lifting up front. Hwang Hee-chan offers another threat in attack, and the two Premier League forwards combined to score all three of the team’s goals in the most recent international break.
While some of their compatriots play club football in lesser leagues, there is some Bundesliga and Serie A representation amongst the midfield and defense. South Korea defeated Germany in its final group game in 2018 and could surprise some people if things go right.
Ghana failed to qualify for the 2018 edition in Russia, but had reached the knockout stages in two of the three prior World Cups.
The Black Stars are led by brothers André and Jordan Ayew, who previously played for Swansea City together in the EPL. Jordan still features for Crystal Palace, while André has moved on to Qatari club Al-Sadd. The pair could play together up top with Ajax youngster Mohammed Kudus sitting behind them, or André could feature on a wing to allow space for the 20-year-old centrally.
Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey is probably the team’s best player at this point, but he hasn’t featured much for his country as he has dealt with on-and-off injury concerns at club level. He has played tremendously for the Gunners this season when available, so his presence will be a major boost to Ghana’s chances.
World Cup Group H Winner Best Bet
WAGER: 1.55 Units
I’d probably prefer to parlay this with another group winner on World Cup betting sites instead of betting it outright.
However, Portugal is the most talented team in the group and should go on to win it.
My only concern, which sounds somewhat ridiculous given his track record, is that Ronaldo is coming into the World Cup on poor form for Manchester United. He has struggled to score goals, even in the Europa League, which could be an issue if he continues to get the nod up front (which he likely will).
The only other team I would consider is Uruguay, but I think that’s an aging side that could be exposed here.
World Cup Group H Props
South Korea to Qualify (+350) at DraftKings Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
I don’t mind taking a chance on either South Korea or Ghana to qualify from Group H, but I’d lean towards the Taegeuk Warriors for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, this team has a world-class player in Son Heung-min that is on form and firing for both club and country. They are building off a strong finish to the 2018 tournament and have a scheduling advantage in playing Uruguay in their opening game instead of Portugal.
Paulo Bento is an experienced international manager, who has coached Portugal previously, and could give his side a leg up in potentially getting a point or more out of that matchup. Ghana is probably the trendier pick on name-brand and priors, but South Korea is the better of those two teams right now.