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Portugal odds to win World Cup 2022: Predicted squads, route to the final, ranking & form

By Ben Green

Portugal odds to win World Cup 2022- Predicted squads, route to the final, ranking & form

Published: 16:16, 21 September 2022 | Updated: 10:21, 23 September 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo is running out of time to lift the World Cup, so he will have his sights set on helping guide Portugal to Qatar’s December showpiece.

A European Championship winner and international football’s record goalscorer, Ronaldo has achieved everything in the game, except for one feat. The age-defying perfectionist is yet to lift the elusive Jules Rimet Trophy aloft. So he, alongside Fernando Santos’ Navegadores, will be eyeing up a first World Cup triumph for the nation this year.

The latest Portugal odds to win the World Cup

Betting Market 888Sport Paddy Power Sky Bet
Portugal to win the World Cup 12/1  12/1  14/1
Portugal to reach semi-final odds 21/10 21/10 11/4
Portugal to reach quarter-final odds 4/5 4/5 1/1
Portugal odds to win Group H 8/13 8/13 8/11
Cristiano Ronaldo World Cup Golden Boot odds 16/1 14/1 12/1

Our recommended Portugal bet for World Cup 2022

Incredibly, Portugal have not made it past the last-16 in any of the previous three World Cups. They even crashed out of the groups in 2014. However, Santos and Ronaldo have already combined to win a major tournament in Euro 2016, so the nation having a trophy-lifting mentality both in the dugout, and on the pitch. With a new wave of superstars emerging, not least Joao Felix, Rafael Leao, Vitinha and Ruben Dias (with the latter only having one cap at the 2018 World Cup), Santos boasts an amalgamation of seasoned pros and precocious aspirants.

Portugal route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar

Group stage fixtures

Fixture Stadium Date*
Portugal vs Ghana Stadium 974 24 November 2022, 7pm
Portugal vs Uruguay Lusail Iconic Stadium 28 November 2022, 10pm
South Korea vs Portugal Education City Stadium 02 December 2022, 6pm
*All times GMT

Portugal have been placed into a potentially awkward group. Ghana boast a number of household names, not least Mohammed Kudus, Thomas Partey, Andre Ayew and Mohammed Salisu, while Uruguay of course have one of the tournament’s most formidable frontlines. Luis Suarez, Darwin Nunez and Edinson Cavani will be excellent attacking options for the likes of Rodrigo Bentancur, Federico Valverde and Matias Vecino to pick out. Then of course South Korea have Son Heung-min and Kim Min-jae, offering potency in the final third and a hard-nosed resilience at the back.

Who could Portugal meet in the knockout rounds?

If Portugal were to win Group H they would face the runners-up of Group G, currently expected to be Serbia. After that, the winners of Group F and runners-up of Group E will be the potential opponent, opening up the likes of Belgium, Croatia, Spain and Germany. Spain are currently backed ahead of Germany by most bookmakers, so it could be the latter whom Portugal meet in the quarters. There are no easy semi-finals in the World Cup and even if they win their group, Portugal will have to face an opponent in the guise of either England, France, Belgium or Croatia.

If Portugal win Group H Potential opponent
Round of 16 Serbia
Quarter-Final Germany
Semi-Final France
Final Brazil

If Portugal defy the odds and don’t win Group H but still qualify, they’ll go to the other side of the bracket and take on Group G winners, expected to be Brazil. From there they will face either the Group E winner or Group F runners-up, which again brings Spain, Germany, Belgium or Croatia into the equation. And again there is no hiding in the semi-finals.

If Portugal come runners up in Group H Potential opponent
Round of 16 Brazil
Quarter-Final Spain
Semi-Final Argentina
Final France

Our predicted Portugal World Cup 2022 squad

Player  Position Age Club
Rui Patricio Goalkeeper 34 Roma
Jose Sa Goalkeeper 29 Wolves
Diogo Costa Goalkeeper 23 Porto
Pepe Defender 39 Porto
Danilo Pereira Defender 31 PSG
Raphael Guerreiro Defender 28 Borussia Dortmund
Ruben Dias Defender 25 Man City
Joao Cancelo Defender 28 Man City
Nuno Mendes Defender 20 PSG
Diogo Dalot Defender 23 Man Utd
Cedric Soares Defender 31 Arsenal
Goncalo Inacio Defender 21 Sporting
Vitinha Midfielder 22 PSG
Joao Moutinho Midfielder 36 Wolves
Renato Sanches Midfielder 25 PSG
Matheus Nunes Midfielder 24 Wolves
Ruben Neves Midfielder 25 Wolves
Bernardo Silva Midfielder 28 Man City
Bruno Fernandes Midfielder 28 Man Utd
Cristiano Ronaldo Forward 37 Man Utd
Diogo Jota Forward 25 Liverpool
Joao Felix Forward 22 Atletico Madrid
Rafael Leao Forward 23 Milan
Pedro Neto Forward 22 Wolves
Goncalo Ramos Forward 21 Benfica
Goncalo Guedes Forward 25 Wolves

Portugal players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022

Portugal top World Cup Golden Boot contender –  Cristiano Ronaldo

Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo remains the talismanic attacking force of Portugal. He is the all-time leading goalscoring in men’s international football, so naturally, he has relatively short odds to scoop this year’s Golden Boot. In his storied international career for Portugal, Ronaldo has scored seven World Cup goals. In 2018, he enjoyed his most prolific tournament (four goals), famously bagging a hat-trick against Spain. His first World Cup goal came in 2006 against Iran, underpinning his longevity in the game, and the experience he has at football’s famed tournament.

Portugal player to watch – Rafael Leao

Keep an eye out for Rafael Leao, Milan’s silky attacking threat. The 23-year-old was inspirational as the Rossoneri ended their long wait for Serie A title glory, attempting (163) and completing (93) more take-ons than any other player in the Italian top flight last season. He also scored 11 goals, registered eight assists, and was reportedly the subject of interest from Chelsea over the summer. He is electric.

Portugal emerging player to look out for – Vitinha

Once on the books at Wolves, Vitinha has emerged from the shadow of Nuno Espirito Santo’s bench to establish himself as one of the most exciting midfielders across the continent. PSG have often struggled to find synergy in the middle of the park to balance their naturally top-heavy XI. But, Vitinha’s presence alongside Marco Verratti has given Christophe Galtier a balance and cohesion in the middle of the park. Vitinha is slick, intelligent and progressive, three traits that should serve him — and Portugal — well in Qatar.

Portugal tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup

Despite his Euro 2016-winning exploits, Santos has not been impervious to criticism, with the Portuguese coach often being accused of lacking invention and experimentation. Still, he is a manager in perfect harmony with his tactical convictions. The evergreen coach often favours a 4-3-3, with Ronaldo leading the line, and one of Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho or William Carvalho anchoring the midfield just front of defence.

With midfield protection, Santos has the option to deploy Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva just in front, as he did in a 1-1 draw against Spain back in June. Defensively, Pepe and Danilo Pereira has been his centre-half pairing of choice, flanked by Joao Cancelo and one of Nuno Mendes or Raphael Guerreiro. On the attacking wings, take your pick. Diogo Jota and Rafael Leao would make an exciting combo, but Joao Felix, Pedro Neto and Goncalo Guedes will all be vying for minutes.

Portugal FAQs

Where are Portugal in the Fifa World Rankings?

Portugal are currently ranked ninth in the Fifa World Rankings, behind only Brazil, Belgium, Argentina, France, England, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands.

Who is the Portugal manager?

As you’ve probably seen mentioned a few times in this article, Fernando Santos is the man pulling the levers behind the curtain. The Lisbon-born coach succeeded Paulo Bento in 2014 and has gone on to win both Euro 2016 and the inaugural Nations League. There is now just one trophy missing from his cabinet.

Who is the current Portugal captain?

At 37, Cristiano Ronaldo is the elder statesman in Portugal’s squad and he currently dons the captain’s armband.

How many times have Portugal won the World Cup? 

Although an emerging powerhouse in the 21st century — previously competing in just two World Cups prior to the turn of the millennium — Portugal have never one the competition. Incidentally, the closest they came was in 1966. Inspired by the goal-getting heroics of Eusebio, Portugal finished third in ’66, beating Soviet Union in the third place play-off.

How many times have Portugal competed in the World Cup?

Portugal have competed in seven World Cups, and the previous five in a row. Prior to 2002, Portugal had not competed in a World Cup since the 1980s. In total they’ve missed out on 14 World Cups during the competition’s history.

Who has scored Portugal’s most goals in World Cup tournaments?

Although Ronaldo has competed in more World Cups, the legendary Man Utd forward has not managed to surpass Eusebio’s record of nine goals, all of which came in 1966. It was an incredible tournament for the free-scoring Benfica marksman, who etched him name into World Cup folklore during that Golden Boot run in England.

Which player from Portugal has the most World Cup appearances?

Normal order has resumed. Ronaldo takes this gong with 17 World Cup appearances, spanning four tournaments (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018). He will join an exclusive club containing Gianluigi Buffon, Rafael Marquez, Lothar Matthaus and Antonio Carbajal to appear in five World Cups.


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