United States v Portugal Betting
2014 World Cup - Group G
22nd June - KO: 11pm BST -
Jurgen Klinsmann's United States comfortably booked their place in the 2014 World Cup by finishing four points ahead of Costa Rica in their qualifying group, but they have been handed a tough task in Group G and one of their toughest games of the pool will see them lock horns with Portugal, who will have the services of the incomparable Cristiano Ronaldo.
Portugal must win in Manaus on Sunday to have any chance of qualifying for the second round following their 4-0 defeat at the hands of Germany in their first game. The USA won their first game 2-1 against Ghana.
Portugal were made to work a lot harder to cement their place in Brazil, but a Ronaldo hat-trick in the second leg off their play-off with Sweden saw the Potuguese book their spot in the South American and the talismanic Real Madrid sharp-shooter will be aiming to strut his stuff on the world stage and show why he is one of the best in the history of the game.
Kilnsmann's USA side have improved over the last few years and some feel they could cause a shock in Group G in a pool that sees Ghana and Germany take their place, but this clash appears to be a crackerjack contest for the neutrals and may have a major effect on what the final group table will look like come the final games on June 26.
Portugal are favourites with the bookmakers to get the better of an improving United States side.
|Sunday 22nd June 2014|
|11.00pm||United States v Portugal||Betting Preview|
|Tips:||United States to win @ 15/8|
|Bruno Alves to be shown a card @ 4/1|
|BTTS @ 19/20|
United States v Portugal Odds
Match betting suspended...
Head to Head
Last Five Meetings:
- World Cup 2002: 5th June 2002 - USA 3 - 2 Portugal
- Friendly International: 3rd June 1992 - USA 1 - 0 Portugal
- Friendly International: 19th December 1990 - Portugal 1 - 0 USA
- Friendly International: 7th October 1980 - Portugal 1 - 1 USA
- Friendly International: 20th September 1978 - Portugal 1 - 0 USA
Tim Howard - Everton's star goalkeeper Tim Howard will have a big part to play between the sticks for United States and if the classy shot-stopper is to keep Cristiano Ronaldo quiet then is likely to have a lot of work to do to try and keep a clean sheet.
Cristiano Ronaldo - One name immediately jumps out of you from the Portugal squad and Cristiano Ronaldo will be undoubtedly the man the opposition will be trying to stop when he looks to show his ability in the final third and emulate his free-scoring Real Madrid antics on the world stage.