The last remaining groups to play finally begin their World Cup campaigns on Thanksgiving, as Brazil and Portugal make their first World Cup appearances of 2022.
The World Cup favorites are clearly the top pick to win Group G, while Portugal are the favorite in Group H. While you probably spend more time with family and watch NFL football on Thursday than the World Cup, there are still four games to take action. Here’s what you need to know.
Switzerland vs. Cameroon
5 a.m. ET Thursday, FS1
Switzerland finished third in its group in Euro 2020 but progressed to the quarter-finals, losing there to Spain on penalties after knocking out France on penalties in the Round of 16. Confidence from that Euro 2020 run should be a huge boost and we’ll take Switzerland straight up in this one at just -130.
Uruguay vs. South Korea
8 a.m. ET, FS1
This is the game that is expected to score the lowest. Uruguay still has Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez on its roster, although Darwin Nunes is ready to take charge of the frontline. Tottenham Hotspur’s Heung Min Son is capable of winning a game, especially if he can find space on the counterattack.
Portugal vs Ghana
11 a.m. ET, Fox
How does the turmoil at Manchester United affect the selection of Portugal? Captain Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes are no longer clubmates after Ronaldo’s contract was terminated on Tuesday. Ronaldo will be the team’s starting striker on Thursday, although it’s fair to wonder if Portugal would have an even better chance of winning the World Cup if he were on the bench.
Brazil vs. Serbia
2 p.m. ET, Fox
Serbia is not a huge underdog to the World Cup favorites because of the talent on the roster. Aleksander Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic are a strong striker combination and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is a player long coveted by top clubs. We’ll still take the Brazilians to win this one, but our preferred bet is to score less than 2.5 goals at +100.