The World Cup wraps up the primary spherical of Group H play late Thursday morning when Portgual and Ghana meet on the 974 Stadium in Doha. The match will get began at 11 a.m. ET and can air on FOX.
The Thanksgiving match will function an American officiating crew led by referee Ismail Elfath. He’s a Moroccan immigrant to the USA and has risen to the highest of MLS in that point. Earlier this month, he was the referee for the MLS Cup Ultimate, handing out 4 yellow playing cards and one pink card in LAFC’s win over Philadelphia. His most notable worldwide expertise was on the Tokyo 2020 Summer time Olympics. He was referee for 2 group stage matches and the Japan-New Zealand quarterfinal match. He handed out six yellow playing cards within the QF, seven within the Spain-Argentina group stage match, and two yellow, one second yellow, and one pink within the Brazil-Ivory Coast group stage match.
Portugal is a large favourite at DraftKings Sportsbook with -245 odds to win Thursday’s match. Ghana is a +750 underdog whereas a draw is listed at +370. Portugal isn’t a favourite to win the entire event, however is sitting at +1300 odds for the title. This is available in pretty disappointing finishes lately. They completed thirteenth in 2018 after a Spherical of 16 exit, 18th in 2014 after a bunch stage exit, and eleventh in 2020 after a Spherical of 16 exit. This adopted a 2006 fourth place end. They face a Ghana squad that didn’t qualify in 2018, however has been attempting to get again to the heights of 2006 once they certified for the knockout stage and 2010 once they reached the quarterfinals.
Complete playing cards for Thursday’s match is about at 4.5 with the beneath priced at -165 and the over at +120. Elfath’s officiating crew for the match will embody the next, with roles and nationalities included (h/t Regulation 5 – The Referee):
Assistant Referee 1: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA)
Fourth Official: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Karen Diaz Medina (MEX)
Video Assistant Referee: Armando Villarreal (USA)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Drew Fischer (CAN)
Offside Video Assistant Referee: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assist Video Assistant Referee: Shaun Evans (AUS)
Standby Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Elvis Noupue (CMR)