Portugal will face Uruguay in the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Monday in a decisive clash in Group H. The Portuguese won their opener against Ghana and the Uruguayans drew with South Korea. Cristiano Ronaldo made a scoring start to his campaign in Qatar, converting from the penalty spot, while La Celeste were unlucky not to beat the Koreans after Fede Valverde broke through the woodwork. These two are expected to progress from the group, but Diego Alonso’s Uruguay arguably needs more points given that Fernando Santos’ Portugal have yet to face South Korea in last place. However, this will not be decisive for the South Americans in terms of qualification or elimination. Earlier on Monday, Ghana defeated South Korea 3-2, making this game even more crucial for Uruguay, who could be bottom of the group with a loss.
With a win, Portugal would become the third team in the tournament to start their campaign 2-0 and Brazil’s win earlier saw them join France on six points. Portugal could also secure progress to the round of 16 with a win, while a victory for Uruguay would still see them with work to do in their third game.
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- Date: Monday, November 28 | Weather: 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time
- Location: Iconic Lusail Stadium — Lusail, Qatar
- TV: FOX and Telemundo | Live broadcast: fuboTV (try free)
- Odds: Portugal +100; Draw: +220; Uruguay +300 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
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Portugal: There are no new injury concerns for Santos, but the Portuguese coach could opt to make a change or two anyway. William Carvalho made a big difference against Ghana and could start. Rafa Leao’s goal from the bench in that match might not be enough to earn him a place in the XI given that much of Portugal’s attack is conditioned by Ronaldo’s availability. Bruno Fernandes and Joao Félix should continue to support their boss at the top, while Raphael Guerreiro should remain in his place despite the possibility of using Diogo Dalot to bring in Joao Cancelo at left-back.
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Uruguay: Ronald Araujo’s fitness remains a matter of debate as he continues to recover after thigh surgery. The Barcelona man is unlikely to be fit enough to start, which means Martín Cáceres, Diego Godín, José María Giménez and Mathias Olivera should continue in defense. Valverde, Rodrigo Bentancur and Matías Vecino will likely remain the midfield unit. Edinson Cavani could go forward given Luis Suárez’s difficulties against South Korea, but it shouldn’t affect the use of Darwin Núñez and Facundo Pellistri.
This one promises to be close and could easily end in a draw. However, I will go for Uruguay taking a narrow win that could give them control of the group. Wait for Darwin Núñez to come out. To choose: Uruguay 1, Portugal 0