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Odds Portugal Will Win World Cup 2014

Portugal sits third in FIFA’s World Rankings, but had the misfortune of drawing into the “Group of Death” alongside No.2-ranked Germany and the always dangerous USA and Ghana. It is the second straight time that Portugal must battle through a Group of Death to advance to the Round of 16. In 2010, Portugal eked out a second-place group finish with a pair of scoreless draws against Brazil and Ivory Coast, while routing North Korea 7-0.

Portugal Odds to Win World Cup 2014: 28/1 (from Bovada)
Portugal Odds to Win Group G: +275 (from Bovada)

It may be tougher for Portugal to advance at Brazil 2014. Portugal’s national side features some incredible talent, such as striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who are a constant threat to singlehandedly take control of a game, pad an existing lead or erase a deficit. The question is whether Portugal can play the defense and maintain the intensity needed to ensure they reach the quarterfinals at the World Cup for the sixth consecutive time.

Early World Cup Pick

For Portugal, the secret to advancing at the 2014 World Cup is straightforward: defeat USA and Ghana, and move on to the Round of 16. But achieving that is easier said than done. Portugal has failed to record a win against USA since 1990. The two squads last met in World Cup competition during the Group Stage in 2002, when the Americans posted a 3-2 victory. However, it is important to note that in 2006, the USA were the Top 10 squad, while Portugal barely broke the Top 20. This year, the tables are turned, and a loss to USA would be considered a huge upset. Portugal has never played No. 24-ranked Ghana, who were the Cinderella story of 2010 when they reached the quarterfinals

Portugal Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup

Although they won six of their last seven qualifying matches, Portugal still finished second to Russia in their qualifying group, setting the stage for their draw into this year’s Group of Death.

12/10/12 Russia 1 – 0 Portugal
16/10/12 Portugal 1 – 1 Northern Ireland        
22/03/13 Israel 3 - 3     Portugal        
26/03/13 Azerbaijan 0 – 2 Portugal        
07/06/13 Portugal 1 – 0 Russia        
06/09/13 Northern Ireland  2 – 4 Portugal        
11/10/13 Portugal 1 – 1 Israel        
15/10/13 Portugal 3 – 0 Luxembourg        
15/11/13 Portugal 1 – 0 Sweden        
19/11/13 Sweden 2 – 3 Portugal

Portugal World Cup Group Play Schedule

16//06/14 Germany vs. Portugal - Arena Fonte Nova     
22/06/14 United States vs. Portugal - Arena Amazonia     
26/06/14 Portugal vs. Ghana – Nacional

Portugal Key Players

Cristiano Ronaldo FW Real Madrid – Possibly the best known player in the world, the phenomenally talented striker may also be the most talented.

Joao Moutinho MF Monaco – The playmaking midfielder has made an art form out of getting the ball to Ronaldo.

Nani MF Manchester United – The speedy winger strikes fear into defenders with his creativity and ability to score spectacular goals.