World Cup Group G could have the feel of a procession about it with Germany, boosted by their Arsenal contingent of Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker, able to see off Portugal, despite the form of Real Madrid’s former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The European pair should certainly get the better of Ghana and USA, who look set for early exits, with news.bwin.com/en/ predicting a particularly ignominious tournament for the Americans.
Germany-Portugal straight forecast @ 23/20.
In Group G, it seems to be a fairly safe bet to side with the European contingent to qualify, which makes the 23/20 on Germany topping the group ahead of Portugal must-bet material.
Germany head to Brazil as third favourites to lift the World Cup and alongside their undoubted quality and great form – Joachim Low’s side have lost just once in their last 19 fixtures – their record at the World Cup group stage is impeccable.
Since becoming a unified nation, Germany have topped every single World Cup group they have competed in, a run of five consecutive group wins from 1994 in America all the way to four years ago in South Africa.
Germany have lost just once in those 15 fixtures and Low’s men should have the edge on Portugal, having won four and drew two of the seven meetings since 1996.
The Portuguese can join Germany in the knock-out stages. Paolo Bento’s side have lost just one of their last 12 fixtures (to Brazil) and in Cristiano Ronaldo, boast the world’s best player who goes to the World Cup having scored 51 goals for Real Madrid this term.
Ghana to score under 2.5 goals @ 51/50.
The Ghanaians were a late penalty kick (Liverpool star Luis Suarez’s infamous handball and all that) away from becoming the first African nation to reach the World Cup semi-finals four years ago, but they are unlikely to get as far as quarter-final heartbreak this time around.
The principal reason for that is a lack of attacking threat. Ghana might have Asamoah Gyan, the man who missed the critical spot-kick against Uruguay in South Africa before their eventual shoot-out defeat, who is in fine form for his club Al-Ain, but the Black Stars are struggling to find the net.
Kwesi Appiah’s side have scored just six goals in their last nine internationals and hit more than one goal just three times in their last 14 matches.
USA to win 0 points @ 7/1.
With big hitters Germany and Portugal likely to see off both Ghana and USA, the 7/1 on the Americans failing to win a single point looks far too big to ignore.
USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann has picked an eyebrow-raising squad, omitting national hero and former Everton loanee Landan Donovan and choosing an extremely young and inexperienced group that have everything to prove at international level.
Kilnsmann, who has a contract until 2018, is looking to the future and seems prepared for Brazil 2014 to be a learning curve for his young side, but it could end up as a painful lesson.
The US have lost all four World Cup games against Germany and Ghana and with one win in five since qualification ended (failing to beat Scotland, Austria and Ukraine) look set to struggle in Brazil.