USA vs Portugal Betting Preview
USA won their group opener 2-1 against Ghana and facing Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal they are the betting underdog. Portugal lost 4-0 to Germany in their opener and this match is vital for them. If they lose they are out and even if they play to a draw they are behind the 8-ball because of their goal differential, which is -4 after their drubbing against the Germans.
Ronaldo left practice early this week with knee issues and while he is not 100% he will play. However, Portugal DF Pepe picked up a red card in the Germany match and is out, as is USA striker Jozy Altidore with an injury.
Bovada has Portugal as the favorite at -125 with the USA at +375 and a draw line at +280.
USA played good defense in the Ghana match, but that was after scoring an early goal and dropping back on the defensive side of the pitch to protect their lead. While Portugal’s offense was shut out in the German match they have a better offense than Ghana and GK Tim Howard and the USA defense has their work cut out for them.
Ronaldo and company will really be pushing forward all match, as it is vital they take three points. This may play into the American’s hands since they have a solid and creative counter-attack.
The Americans play a loaded German squad in their last group match, so facing Portugal may be their best chance to secure some points. However, their passing was an issue in the Ghana match and Michael Bradley and the USA midfield must have a good 90 minutes facing Portugal.
Ronaldo and the Portugal offense will not be denied in this match, but their defense will be vulnerable and the USA will also score. This match will end in a draw, which helps the Americans and hurts Portugal.