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World Cup 2022 Groups Preview: December 2
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World Cup 2022 Groups Preview: December 2

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Star players like Son Heung-min and Cristiano Ronaldo will bring powerful performances on the World Cup group stage on December 2. This is the final day of the group stage, making for an exciting experience for fans and punters alike. 

Groups G and H teams are yet to step into the knockout stage. This is the last day for them to make an impression and extend their stay in the biggest competition in football. Learn more about the December 2 fixtures and place your wagers here at

Battle of the stars: South Korea vs Portugal 

Game: South Korea vs Portugal

Time: 3 PM (GMT)

Location: Education City Stadium

Portugal has qualified for the knockout stage already, while South Korea still wants to catch up to Ghana and take over the second spot in Group H. With two wins, Portugal has emerged as one of the best teams in the tournament. Meanwhile, South Korea wants to make it further in the event, and this match will be their golden opportunity to get the top 16 nod.

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South Korea and Portugal had only played once before, which was in the 2002 World Cup. Surprisingly, South Korea was the victor during their stellar run to the semi-finals of the World Cup they hosted alongside Japan. 

South Korea kept possession of the ball in their first 2022 World Cup match against Uruguay. Against Ghana, they took care of the ball better but immediately went two goals down. They came back to equalise at two goals apiece, but they made defensive mistakes to lose 3-2. The Koreans will most likely use either a 4-1-4-1 or a 4-2-3-1 formation to counter Portugal's firepower, focusing on the midfield and defending properly.

Portugal wants to keep showing its firepower on offence. Their strikeforce has been stellar with goal-scoring, and the defence has been rock-solid except for the two goals conceded against Ghana. In terms of formation, they favour the 4-3-3 formation, which will be important for their offence, especially with their star forwards looking to run, but a similar 4-1-2-3 can also be used.

Players to watch 

Both squads have some fantastic players who contributed to their World Cup matches. Here are the players who will be vital to South Korea's success: 

  • Son Heung-min - The biggest star on the South Korean squad, he is a top-tier goal-scorer who can make plays for his team. Since he plays as a winger, he opens up more opportunities for his teammates to keep scoring. 

  • Kim Min-jae - As one of the top defenders in the Italian league, Kim has been stellar for South Korea. He is a physical defender and the heartbeat of their system as they look to keep counter-attacking. 

These are the biggest stars on the Portuguese squad: 

  • Cristiano Ronaldo - A top-tier goal-scorer, he has already fulfilled his role as the target man in their first game against Ghana, and he wants to keep going and win his first World Cup in his final appearance. 

  • Bruno Fernandes - The star player during the match against Uruguay, Bruno has been a stellar playmaker and goal-scorer for Portugal. His well-rounded skill set makes him as big of a threat as Ronaldo, which puts the opponent's defence in a tough predicament. 

Who has a better chance of winning? 

Portugal is the favourite to win this match because of their star power. They also play a more refined style than their Korean counterparts. Ronaldo and Bruno are trusted to keep making plays for their teammates, which is not a strength Korea has. 

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The top rematch: Ghana vs Uruguay

Game: Ghana vs Uruguay

Time: 3 PM (GMT)

Location: Al Janoub Stadium

This heated rivalry has been left dormant for the past decade but has roots in a past World Cup. Ghana has been a promising team with how they have developed their talents from the ground up over the years, and their efforts have been rewarded with World Cup berths. 

On the other hand, Uruguay has always been a top-tier soccer country. They were a consistent top team in past World Cups and are known to develop youngsters into star players. 

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In 2010, Ghana and Uruguay faced off in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Both teams ended the match with one goal apiece, which led to a penalty shootout. Uruguay won the shootout four to two, which launched them a better placing. However, this match was marred by controversy because of Luis Suárez and his red card due to a handball. 

Ghana will use a 5-3-2 formation to focus on their defence. They want to use their defensive line to keep up with Uruguay's offence, with their midfield taking over playmaking duties, and the two forwards will be the main target men for their offence. 

Uruguay favoured the same 5-3-2 formation in their last match against Portugal, which will likely happen too. However, a 4-4-2 is not out of the question for Uruguay because they want to keep continuity between their defence and midfield so they can counter-attack when they get the ball. 

Players to watch out for

Ghana and Uruguay have some phenomenal players on their respective squads, which led them to solid success in their regions and at the World Cup. Starting with Ghana, these are their biggest stars: 

  • Thomas Partey - Defence in the midfield will be crucial for Ghana as they look to stop their opponents from becoming comfortable. Partey will be a vital piece to that as he will be physical, and his offence will rely on running and being physical. 

  • André Ayew - As one of the biggest veterans on the squad, Ayew is still a top goal-scorer and playmaker, which was evident during their match against Portugal. He was clinical against superior competition, which bodes well for this match against Uruguay. 

These are the star players for Uruguay: 

  • Luis Suárez - As the man responsible for this surprising rivalry, Suárez will have to prove himself in this match. He needs to perform at the peak of his abilities to redeem himself from the 2010 red card and cement the victory. 

  • Darwin Nuñez - The heir-apparent for Suárez's star player crown for Uruguay, Nuñez has the speed and power to match what his idol has done. He has the tools to thrive in this match, especially as he aims to score and outrun any of his opponents. 

Who has a better chance of winning? 

Uruguay is the favoured team because of their superior squad. They also have the pedigree to back up their claims as one of the best teams in the world through the years. Ghana will be motivated to beat this Uruguay team after what transpired in 2010 with the red card incident.

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European duel: Serbia vs Switzerland 

Game: Serbia vs Switzerland

Time: 7 PM (GMT)

Location: Stadium 974

In a group where Brazil is the dominant squad, Serbia has been surprisingly disappointing as they blew a 3-1 lead in their match against Cameroon, which ended in a 3-3 draw. On the other hand, Switzerland has a bigger chance to qualify for the knockout stage with a win over Cameroon in their first Group G match. 

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These two European teams played only once in the 2018 World Cup. That match ended in a 2-1 Switzerland win, which is a result Serbia wants to redeem.

Serbia loves to mix it up with their formation, but the 3-4-2-1 they used against Cameroon is promising. If they can keep playing with the energy and pace they had in that match, they can pull off this victory over the Swiss. 

Switzerland had a solid performance against Cameroon while also putting up a good challenge against Brazil, which bodes well for this upcoming match against Serbia. On the other side, the Swiss will use a 4-2-3-1 formation. They have a strong group of midfielders which will be the key to winning this match.

Players to watch

Both countries have players who have led their respective squads to phenomenal success en route to the World Cup. Here are the biggest players for Serbia for this match:

  • Sergej Milinković-Savić - He will be vital to the attack as a midfield playmaker who loves to bomb forward. However, he can also stretch back to a defensive midfielder role. 

  • Filip Kostić - As the wing-back, Kostić will be important for this Serbian squad. He can continue making plays from the role, but at the same time, he can be a strong defender against the talented Swiss wingers.

Here are the top stars for the Swiss squad:

  • Granit Xhaka - There is a good matchup between Xhaka and Milinković-Savić because they have similar playstyles. Xhaka is more of a physical player, but he will keep working hard for his team with his energy and leadership.

  • Manuel Akanji - As the centre-back, Akanji will be a vital piece to their defence. He needs to stay in front of the forwards, but at the same time, he needs to be a threat offensively for corner kicks and other set pieces. 

Who has a better chance of winning? 

This is one of the closest matchups in the World Cup, but Serbia is the slight favourite to win. A draw is also a likely result in this game. The midfield battle will be one to watch because these teams have talented players all over their squads. A win for the Swiss also means qualifying in the next stage of the World Cup.

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Battle of elite offences: Cameroon vs Brazil

Game: Cameroon vs Brazil

Time: 7 PM (GMT)

Location: Lusail Iconic Stadium 

As the favourites to win the entire event, Brazil is playing as well as expected. They might have lost their star player Neymar after their first group stage game, but he is ready if and when they advance to the knockout stage. Their last group-stage match will be against Cameroon, who will look to pull off a massive upset.

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Cameroon and Brazil have played six times against each other over the past four decades, with The Seleção winning five while the Indomitable Lions won once. This is their third time playing against each other in the World Cup, with the previous two coming in 1994 and 2014. 

Cameroon has not looked like the top team from Africa at this event which is disappointing because they were always hailed as the top African country in the competition. They will roll out a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 formation, depending on the squad Brazil will use.

Meanwhile, Brazil will use a 4-3-3 formation with their offensive talent. Even without Neymar Jr., they will continue to thrive as the top team at the World Cup, given that they have a supreme offence and a tough defensive line. 

Players to watch

Cameroon and Brazil have some fantastic players in their squads that have the potential to be important in this match. Here are the top stars for Cameroon: 

  • André-Frank Zambo Anguissa - Controlling the game from the midfield will be crucial to Cameroon's chances of winning this match. Anguissa will be a physical presence, but at the same time, he needs to be a reliable passer to connect the defence and offence.

  • Karl Toko Ekambi - Cameroon's star goal-scorer, Karl Toko Ekambi, continues to be a reliable veteran for the squad. He needs to play well at this event to represent the flag as the dependable forward properly.

These are the key players that will be crucial to Brazil's chances: 

  • Richarlison - The hero of the first game against Serbia, the Tottenham Hotspur star has been stellar for Brazil with his goal-scoring threat and creative power. Since Cameroon will look to stop his teammates, Richarlison has to find space for his team to score.

  • Casemiro - The rock-solid player in the midfield will have to be Casemiro because he needs to play both defence and counter-attacking soccer. The connection will be important in this match, and Casemiro must be in charge.

Who has a better chance of winning?

Brazil is the heavy favourite to win this match. This is one of the most lopsided matches at the World Cup, but there are possibilities of an upset, as evidenced by earlier surprise results from Saudi Arabia and Japan. However, Brazil is too talented to lose in this match; they just have to field their players and showcase their skills to win. 

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Words: Cholo Martin


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