Brazil and Portugal start their tournaments on Thanksgiving

The last remaining groups to play finally begin their World Cup campaigns on Thanksgiving, when Brazil and Portugal make their first appearances at the 2022 World Cup.

The World Cup favorites are the clear top picks to win Group G while Portugal are the Group H favorites. While you’re likely to spend more time with family and watching NFL football on Thursday than you’ll be watching the World Cup, there are still four games left to get some action. Here’s what you need to know. All odds are from BetMGM.

Odds Group G

  • Brazil (-275)

  • Serbia (+500)

  • Switzerland (+500)

  • Cameroon (+1800)

Odds for second place in Group G

  • Brazil (-1400)

  • Serbia (+100)

  • Switzerland (+100)

  • Cameroon (+350)

Switzerland vs. Cameroon (over/under 2.5 goals)

5 p.m. ET Thursday, FS1

Switzerland finished third in their group at Euro 2020 but reached the quarter-finals, losing to Spain on penalties after beating France on penalties in the round of 16. Switzerland is just -130 in this case.

Brazil are favorites to win the 2022 World Cup. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Brazil are favorites to win the 2022 World Cup. (AP Photo/Jorge Saenz)

Brazil vs. Serbia (2.5)

2 p.m. ET, fox

  • Brazil wins (-210)

  • Serbia wins (+550)

  • tie (+333)

Serbia are not massive underdogs for the World Cup favorites due to the talent in the squad. Aleksander Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic are a strong forward duo and, in Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, a player who has long been sought after by top clubs. We’ll still win with the Brazilians, but our preferred bet is to score less than 2.5 goals at +100.

Odds Group H

  • Portugal (-145)

  • Uruguay (+200)

  • Ghana (+900)

  • Korea (+900)

Odds for second place in Group H

  • Portugal (-500)

  • Uruguay (-250)

  • South Korea (+225)

  • Ghana (+240)

Uruguay vs South Korea (2.5)

8 p.m. ET, FS1

This is the game with the lowest likely score. Under 2.5 goals is -175. Uruguay still have Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez in their squad, although Darwin Nunes is ready to take the lead at the front. Tottenham’s Heung Min Son is capable of taking over a game himself, especially when he finds space on the counterattack. We’ll win Uruguay narrowly, but we wouldn’t be at all surprised if we drew.

Portugal vs Ghana (2.5)

11 p.m. ET, Fox

  • Portugal wins (-250)

  • Ghana wins (+775)

  • Tie (+350)

How is the Manchester United turmoil affecting the Portugal squad? Captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes are no longer team-mates after Ronaldo’s contract was terminated on Tuesday. Ronaldo is set to be the team’s starting striker on Thursday, although one wonders if Portugal would have an even better chance of winning the World Cup if he was on the bench. Portugal is the right side here.


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