One of the standout group matches sees at the World Cup sees Germany face Portugal and we have free World Cup 2014 betting tips.
When the focus turn to any World or European Football Tournament the name Germany is not far from peoples list of possible winners and Brazil 2014 is no different. Joachim Low’s team, ranked 2nd in the World, possess both the physical strength and technical prowess to beat any side in the world. With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Mario Goetze and Bastian Schweinsteiger in Midfield to unlock any Defence, the physical power of Boeteng at the back and arguably the best Goalkeeper in Manuel Neuer it is easy to understand why many shrewd punters would be looking at the 5/1 quoted for Germany to win the World Cup. Add to this the current third in the all time list of World Cup goalscorers, Miroslav Klose; with 14 goals across 3 previous tournaments, they have a natural finisher in front of goal who always seems to produce his best on the biggest stage.
Germany flew through qualifying unbeaten winning 9 and drawing 1 of their 10 matches scoring 36 goals in total (Ozil top scoring with 8). Having led Germany to a final and two semi finals in major tournaments, coach Low will be eager to take home the top honour in international football in order to join the great managers of Germany’s past.
By contrast, Portugal had to come through a tough and tense play-off with Sweden in order to qualify for this tournament, having finished 2nd to Russia in their group. That said, they are ranked only a place behind Germany in the rankings and are able to boast that their captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, is the current World Footballer of the Year. Steeped in history at producing greats in world football, with the likes of Eusebio, Paulo Futre, Luis Figo, Deco, to name but a few, Portugal will look to Ronaldo to show off his talents on the biggest stage and propel his team to try to better their 3rd place finish in 1966 and 4th place in 2006. Ably assisted by midfielders Moutinho, Meireles and Coutinho, coupled with a strong defensive unit consisting of Real Madrid pair Pepe and Fabio Coentrao along with Benfica’s Almeida highlights the potential that Paulo Bento’s men have to do well in this tournament.
The match between the pair on Monday 16th June 2014 is a repeat of the opening group match for the teams in Euro 2012. The honours that day went to Germany with a 1-0 win thanks to Mario Gomez (a notable absentee from the German squad this time round). The fixture could be a good omen for the two nations and punters alike as the teams have met each other in three of the last four major tournaments, Germany the victor on all three occasions, and both have gone on to progress from the group stages and have successful runs in the tournament thereafter.
The World Cup 2014 betting odds have Germany at favorites at 10/11 with Bet365, The draw at 12/5 and Portugal at 3/1, all with the same bookmaker.
Form in this fixture is with the Germans, although Portugal are not that far away, and the value for punters could be with either a narrow 2-1 victory for Germany (15/2 Bet365) or a score draw (7/2 with Bet365). Given his class in a Germany shirt and high scoring qualifying campaign I have also gone for Mesut Ozil to score in 90 minutes at 23/10 with William Hill.
Germany v Portugal Betting Tips
Germany to Win 2-1 – Bet Here at 15/2 with Bet365
Score Draw – Bet Here at 7/2 with Bet365
Mesut Ozil to Score Anytime – Bet Here at 23/10 with William Hill
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