Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Portugal will head into this World Cup feeling hopeful that they can better their disappointing run in 2018.
In recent years they have had a very good team with lots of high-quality players and this generation is no different.
The squad features arguably the best player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo, a host of other high-level stars, and a good group of up-and-coming youngsters who will be out to prove themselves.
In recent years they have been below par at major tournaments but are still ranked as the eighth-best team in the world and the nation will go into this World Cup believing they have what it takes to go deep in the tournament.
The up-and-coming Andre Silva will be supported by a multitude of high-quality midfielders, including Premier League stars Bruno Fernandes and Bernardo Silva.
Both have been in fine form in recent years for their Manchester clubs, bringing goals and assists to their teams, and have fantastic attributes that will be vital at the 2022 World Cup.
Portugal Team Odds To Win World Cup
Portugal is 16/1 (+1600) to win the tournament in Qatar and will look to improve on recent unsatisfactory campaigns on the international stage.
They are one of the giants of modern-day international football and there isn’t a team in the world that will be happy to play them.
They do have a tough group, though, being drawn against Uruguay, Ghana, and South Korea. Portugal odds to win the group are 4/6 (-150).
But they will hope that the likes of Ronaldo and Silva, who were all phenomenal for their clubs last season, will help them get the results they need to progress.
That will be their plan and they are to make it to the knockout stages.
They are 10/11 (-110) – opening odds: 4/5 (-125) – to make it to the quarter-finals, while they are 13/5 (+260) – opening odds: 21/10 (+210) – to reach the semi-finals, a feat they last achieved in 2006.
If you fancy the Portuguese to reach the final, you can back them at 11/2 (+550) – opening odds: 5/1 (+500) – to do so.
How To Bet On Portuguese Team In Qatar
With Portugal boasting the talents of Cristiano Ronaldo, you may have decided you’re ready to start betting on the nation at this year’s World Cup.
It’s important to remember, however, that football matches include a huge amount of different markets to bet on, so it’s vital you don’t rush into any bets too quickly.
You ultimately need to be street-wise and go for the right bets at the right time to maximise your chances of winning, so below are some of the more popular markets to keep an eye on this winter.
Player Prop Bets
As mentioned, you may have your heart set on a bet involving Cristiano Ronaldo to be first.
You would therefore want to select a player prop bet, which are bets focusing on a player’s performance during a game. You could, for example, bet on Ronaldo to net a hat-trick in one game against Ghana.
Team Prop Bets
When Portugal faces South Korea, you may decide to place a bet based on Portugal’s performance during a game.
This is a team prop bet and doesn’t necessarily have to include the final outcome of the match. For example, you could bet on them not to concede any goals against South Korea.
In an Asian handicap bet, one team is given a virtual head start.
This means that they are effectively already winning by a certain number of goals before a match has kicked off.
Asian handicap bets remove the possibility of a draw and help to bring the odds closer together.
When Portugal takes on Ghana at the World Cup, they will be the favourites, so the handicap might be two and a half goals, with Portugal on -2.5 goals and Ghana on +2.5 goals.
You could then either bet on Portugal to claim a win with a -2.5 goal handicap or Ghana to do the same with a +2.5 goal handicap.
If Portugal could only beat Ghana 3-2 and you bet on them to win with the handicap, you would lose the bet.
With Cristiano Ronaldo playing, you might be expecting a number of goals to be scored in a Portugal game.
As a result, you may opt for goal lines bets, which lets you wager on the number of goals scored in a game.
You might expect Portugal v Ghana to be a goal-fest, so you could put money on over 4.5 goals to be scored in the 90 minutes.
During a Portugal game against Ghana at the World Cup, a bookmaker may project there to be four goals scored before the full-time whistle.
You could then choose to bet on whether there will be more or less than four goals scored.
This is a totals bets, which allows you to bet over or under on the total number of goals that will be scored.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Portugal
By now you may be ready to put some money on Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo in this winter’s World Cup.
The next steps are to sign up with an online bookmaker.
Once you’ve registered with your chosen bookmaker, which could be one with better odds (remember to shop around to find the best odds to maximise your possible returns if your bet comes in) or sign-up promotions, you should be able to add your bet to your online betting slip and then place it.
Ronaldo to score first for Portugal against Ghana may be your preferred market and here are five easy steps to follow to place your bet:
- Pick the odds you want to bet on, select, and then ‘add’ to your on-screen betting slip.
- Decide on the amount of money you want to wager and fill it in in the relevant area.
- Make sure you have deposited the correct amount of money into your account before taking your next steps.
- If you have enough money in your account, you can then click the ‘place bet’ button or similar, which will then provide confirmation of the bet on your screen.
- Keep an eye on your betting slip through the match as you might be offered ‘cash out’ options and prefer to do that rather than wait until the final whistle and risk losing the bet.
Portugal Team Overview For Qatar
In 2016 Portugal won the European Championship, beating France in the final after extra time, and will go into this World Cup hoping they can find that winning formula again.
A nation that for a long time did not regularly feature on the elite international stage has, in modern times, blossomed into a force to be reckoned with and has begun producing some of the most sought-after talent in world football.
Almost all of Portugal’s starting line-up play for elite Premier League clubs and will all be familiar with how each other likes to play.
They have one of the best goal scorers and free-kick takers in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo and have several starting players that have featured in European finals.
Key players have recently shown discontent with current manager Fernando Santos, but it appears he is being trusted to lead them into this World Cup.
Key Football Players
Portugal’s Primeira Liga has arguably become recognized as Europe’s fifth-best league and it is not surprising as the young talent that is consistently flooding its clubs are being noticed by top European teams.
Nuno Mendes, a 20-year-old on loan at PSG, is another name that could potentially capture attention and help lead Portugal to glory.
The Portuguese attack is a strong one that will frighten any defense.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, who is one of the greatest players of all time, scored 18 goals in the Premier League last season for Manchester United and will be in the running for the Golden Boot in Qatar.
Despite some club difficulties this season, he has never failed to produce in the big games, so expect goals from him.
The young Joao Felix is also promising and had a productive season for Atletico Madrid last season, scoring 10 goals and making it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
It’s Portugal’s midfield that’s perhaps most impressive. Bruno Fernandes has, for the most part, been hugely impressive since joining Manchester United in 2020 and will be expected to inspire his country in Qatar.
Bernardo Silva, who plays club football under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, is another key player, while Portugal also has the likes of Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, and Danilo Pereira in their squad, who will all hope to have an impact on the tournament.
Portugal’s stellar defense must also be mentioned. A very tall, technically proficient, and strong center-back in Ruben Dias is backed up by Manchester City team-mate Joao Cancelo at right-back.
They have forged a great partnership at City and will look to use that to their advantage in Qatar. Also reinforcing Portugal’s defensive ranks is Pepe.
Known for his aggression and no-nonsense attitude on the pitch, he is one man no attacker will want to get on the wrong side of. Elsewhere, Nuno Mendes, Diogo Dalot, Nelson Semedo, and Raphael Guerreiro could all feature.
Portugal has an arsenal of top goalkeepers, with Roma’s Rui Patricio likely to start their first game between the sticks. In Wolves’ Jose Sa and Porto’s Diogo Costa, they have two more than able deputies, though.
Liverpool forward Diogo Jota has been ruled out of Portugal’s World Cup campaign through injury. Otherwise, the side currently have no other worries when it comes to injuries.
Of course, nothing can be said about how the situation will look in December and it is likely there will be one or two concerns given the World Cup is to be played right in the middle of the domestic season.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Portugal is led by Fernando Santos, a manager who has been in charge since 2012 and has achieved great success with the team.
In 2016, Portugal won their first major tournament at the European Championship and they have developed into a well-rounded force since Fernando’s arrival.
Santos is backed up by Ilidio Vale, Ricardo Santos, and Jorge Rosario as his assistant managers – all of who have fantastic experience in Portugal’s top flight.
They are joined by Fernando Justino and Bruno Pereira, who are the goalkeeper coach and video analyst and help to make up a strong coaching set-up.
Portugal Team Road To Qatar
While Portugal lost just one game in their World Cup qualifying group, it wasn’t a routine campaign by any means.
Fernando Santos’ men won five and drew two of their other games, which was only enough to finish second, three points behind Group A winners Serbia.
Despite finishing eight points above the third-placed Republic of Ireland, they had to settle for a spot in the play-offs.
A semi-final against Turkey awaited, but Portugal was too strong for their opponents, winning the game 3-1 to set up a final with North Macedonia, who had just beaten Italy.
There wasn’t to be a repeat of that shock, though, as Bruno Fernandes scored a double to inspire Portugal to a 2-0 victory as they booked their place the hard way to the World Cup.
Portugal’s World Cup History
Portugal has had disappointing results in the more recent major tournaments, getting knocked out in the round of 16 at the last European Championship and World Cup.
They first featured in a World Cup in 1966, where they finished in third place. For decades after that, they struggled to assert themselves as a footballing nation and only qualified for one more World Cup before 2002.
Since then, though, they have made every other tournament, aided by the talismanic Cristiano Ronaldo, with their best run coming in 2006 when they made the semi-finals.
In modern times they are considered to be one of the better footballing nations and their pool of talented players certainly back up the claims.
In 2016, they won the European Championship before winning the Nations League in 2019, so they are aware of what it takes to win a tournament and will hope they can take confidence from those experiences.
Portuguese fans are known for their passion for the game, and this comes through onto the pitch with their players feeding off the supporters’ emotions.
The Portuguese league is famous for its atmosphere, with Porto fans considered to be some of the most intimidating in European football.
The fans will be a critical part of Portugal’s journey at the World Cup and will act as the 12th man, pushing their team forward right to the final whistle.