The Group G match between the USA and Portugal at the Arena Amazonia on Monday morning has fast become pivotal for both sides’ campaigns in qualifying for the knockout stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup for largely varying reasons.
For the United States, an impressive victory over leading African nation Ghana in their World Cup campaign-opener earlier this week delivered a valuable three competition points; ranking the Stars and Stripes alongside Germany atop the Pool, but second on goal difference. A victory over Portugal on Monday morning would not only rank amongst one of the US’s most memorable Word Cup performances, but also all but assure qualification to the next phase of fixtures.
Portugal, on the other hand, was completely played off the park by a rampant Germany in their first match, having no answer for a Thomas Muller onslaught and sinking to a 4-0 defeat. Beating the USA would draw the Portuguese on level terms with the North American counterparts, and offer a great chance of qualification in facing Ghana in their final pool match.
Interestingly, bookmakers have not allowed results in Group G’s openers dictate much of a change in head-to-head betting markets for the 2014 World Cup fixture between the USA and Portugal, instilling Cristiano Ronaldo’s men as clear $1.73 favourites, while punters can take advantage of exceptional value for the United States to ensure progression at $4.50 odds.
Punters who believe Portugal to be specials against the USA may find value in adding the Europeans as a fold in a multi-bet with who they believe will win the two other matches scheduled for Day 11 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Currently, a multi-bet including Belgium to beat Russia, South Korea to beat Algeria and the Portuguese to win can be taken at exceptional $7.99 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Opening the scoring for his team in the first minute of play when lining up against Ghana five days ago, a wager on US captain and gun striker Clint Dempsey to score the game’s first goal on Monday morning is more than worth consideration at generous $9 odds, while the United States as a whole to find the net first can be taken at exceptional $2.80 odds.
Barely offered an opportunity to weave magic when on the back foot against Germany, Cristiano Ronaldo arguably offered Portugal the best chance on Manuel Neuer’s goal when a free kick came agonisingly close to pegging one back. Without doubt Portugal’s go-to man in attack, punters who believe the Real Madrid man will open the scoring against the USA can take advantage of $3.25 odds.
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