After not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, Ghana will look to make a strong return against South Korea in the second match of Group H. This match will be played at 8 a.m. ET on Nov. 28 at Education City Stadium.
Ghana was one of the five nations to qualify from Africa, drawing both matches against Nigeria in Round Three, but won the World Cup bid on an away goals tiebreaker. South Korea finished behind Iran in their AFC qualifying group to earn a bid for the World Cup.
With Portugal the favorite to win Group H and Uruguay the other team favored to make it to the Round of 16, leaving this match with points is crucial.
South Korea vs Ghana Odds
- 3-way handicap: South Korea (+150) | Draw (+205) | Ghana (+210)
- Draw No Bet: South Korea (-145) | Ghana (+115)
- Over/Under Goals: Over 1.5 (-180) | Under 1.5 (+150)
- Both Teams to Score: Yes (+115) | No (-145)
South Korea vs Ghana odds are current as of Friday, Oct. 14, at 12 p.m. ET on Caesars Sportsbook.
Both nations have fairly even odds of winning this match, with South Korea slightly the favorite. However, both are currently (+1000) to win Group H. Oddsmakers have this match finishing over two goals, with the under-juiced to plus-odds.
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South Korea vs Ghana Prediction
South Korea 2-0 Ghana
Coming into their 10th straight World Cup appearance, South Korea has struggled during this run, making it out of the Group Stage twice with a 4th place run as hosts in 2002. But they’ve only won three matches in their last 13 World Cup matches. Manager Paulo Bento has a well-rounded squad, giving the Taegeuk Warriors the ability to run multiple set pieces this year, as they’ve run five different lineups, with a 4-1-4-1 being their most run set.
South Korea has had a successful 2022 campaign with a 10-2-3 record, as they’re led by captain and Tottenham forward Son Heung-min. He is currently the active team leader in caps (1-4) and goals (35). Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton) and Hwang Ui-jo (Olympiacos) join him on the attack, with the trio combining for nine goals in 2022.
Manager and Ghana national Otto Addo took over for the Black Stars right before their playoff matches against Nigeria, helping them qualify for the World Cup. Since taking over, Addo and Ghana are 3-3-2 with an even goal differential of 10 goals scored and 10 goals allowed. Addo has preferred to run a 4-2-3-1 set but has also run multiple other lineups.
Ghana doesn’t have much experience, with brothers Jordan Ayew and André Ayew the two most capped players on the roster. The last time these two teams played one another, Ghana took a 4-0 victory, with Jordan scoring a hat trick. However, the Black Stars have struggled to score recently, only netting three goals in their last five matches.
With Ghana’s scoring woes and South Korea’s stronger all-around squad, the Taegeuk Warriors should have no problem leaving this match victorious.
South Korea vs Ghana Betting Tips
The scoring in this match should be one-sided in favor of South Korea, as the Taegeuk Warriors have outscored opponents 32-15 in 15 games this year, while the Black Stars have been outscored by opponents 11-19 in 13 matches in 2022.
South Korea has a 10-2-3 record in that same span, while Ghana struggled with a 2-5-6 record.
South Korea vs Ghana Best Bets
South Korea Moneyline (+150) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 2 Units
From top to bottom, South Korea has the better roster despite being slightly more favored to win this match. That bodes well for bettors, as South Korea are at plus odds to win this match.
With Son, Hee-chan, and Ui-jo on the attack, Ghana will have their hands full in this match, and along with their recent struggles, they might not win a match at the 2022 World Cup.
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Both Teams to Score: No (-145) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
I would take the Over 1.5 goals here, but betting both teams not to score has better odds, which means a better payout.
As mentioned, Ghana has struggled to score in international play in 2022, having put up a goose egg five times in that span. On the other hand, South Korea has scored in all but one match this year, so the likelihood of them being blanked is low.