There’s plenty on the line as Ghana and Uruguay prepare for their crucial final Group H game on Friday with qualification still on the table for both nations.

It’s a fairly complicated situation in Group H with Portugal, having won both games, already certain of making the last 16, with the remaining three countries all fighting for the other spot.

It could be simplified as second-placed Ghana will make it as well if they beat Uruguay, while a draw would also be enough as long as South Korea do not beat Portugal by two goals or more in the other game.

If Ghana and Uruguay draw, South Korea must beat Portugal by two clear goals to finish in the top two, but if Uruguay and South Korea both win then goal difference – and possibly goals scored – comes into play with South Korea currently one goal better off.

Uruguay’s simplest route to the knockout stage is to win and then hope South Korea fail to beat Portugal.

Ghana vs Uruguay Betting Tips

  • Draw @ 11/4
  • Both teams to score – yes – and over 5.5 total corners @ 11/10 – #pickyourownpunt

Team news

Ghana have no new reported injury problems following the dramatic 3-2 win over South Korea last time out so the African nation could be unchanged, with Premier League stars Tariq Lamptey, Jordan Ayew and Thomas Partey all likely to be among their starting line-up again.

As for Uruguay, Ronald Araujo remains a major doubt through injury and the Barcelona defender may again miss out, while Diego Alonso must decide who to select up front out of familiar frontmen Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Darwin Nunez.

Maxi Gomez, who impressed when coming on against Portugal, is pushing for a start, while the likes of Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur and Jose Gimenez should all retain their places in the XI.

Latest Ghana vs Uruguay Betfred Odds

Draw @ 11/4

With the various permutations to work themselves out, it promises to be a dramatic night at the Al-Janoub Stadium, with this game a repeat of the infamous quarter-final showdown between the two countries at the World Cup in 2010.

Back then it was Uruguay who prevailed on penalties, but only after huge controversy before the spot-kicks when Luis Suarez was sent off for a deliberate on the line in the final seconds of the match, only for Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan to hit the crossbar with the resulting penalty.

Ghana will certainly be fired up with revenge in the air but this game almost looks too close to call.

Both teams have been hit and miss in the tournament so far, Ghana going down gallantly 3-2 to Portugal before then beating South Korea by the same scoreline, even though the stats from that match suggested they were fortunate winners.

Uruguay were toothless in a drab 0-0 draw against South Korea in their opener before they lost 2-0 to Portugal in their second outing.

Therefore, a draw, which could be enough for Ghana but wouldn’t suit Uruguay, could play out.

Both teams to score – yes – and over 5.5 total corners @ 11/10 – #pickyourownpunt

With what’s at stake, there should be goals and even though Uruguay have failed to find the back of the net in Qatar so far, they have too much attacking quality with Suarez, Cavani and Nunez all in their ranks to draw a third straight blank.

Ghana have somewhat surprisingly scored five goals so far so backing them both to register in this crucial clash looks wise.

Combining that with at least six corners on the night overall may also be the way to go. Uruguay’s two games so far have seen seven corners being given in their goalless opener against South Korea, and there were then eight corners awarded overall in their 2-0 defeat to Portugal.

In Ghana’s two outings, there were six corners in their narrow defeat to Portugal, while there were 18 corners given in the Ghana-South Korea clash.

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