The World Cup serves up another saliva-inducing fixture in the shape of much-fancied Germany against a Portugal side who are much more than the one-man show they’re being billed as in some quarters.
Rigidity in defence with the perfect balance of grit and guile in midfield, alongside the obvious firepower injected by Cristiano Ronaldo makes them an excellent price for victory at 31/10 against an injury-ravaged die Mannschaft outfit.
There’ll be plenty of punters unable to resist the 9/10 about a German win, while its 27/10 about proceedings ending all square in the Group G opener, but backing CR7 to shine in Salvador will pay immense dividends courtesy of bwin’s double-triple money offer.
The Real Madrid man returned to international action in A Seleccao das Quinas’ final pre-tournament kick about with the Republic of Ireland and bizarrely failed to find the net in a 5-1 rout.
Don’t let that perturb you, though, for normal service will be resumed when he takes to the field against Germany.
A price of 6/5 says he gets a goal at any time, while a princely 9/2 is the bounty for those who back Ronaldo to strike first, digits that will soar to 9/1 should he brace up courtesy of the boys in black and gold’s promotion.
The mercurial former Manchester United man has celebrated two of his previous three caps with multi-goal hauls, scoring first against Sweden in the World Cup play-off and then again in a spring friendly with Cameroon.
This pair of matches yielded five goals for the reigning Ballon d’Or winner, who has featured on the scoresheet at both World Cups he’s participated in to date.
Joachim Low’s Germany are conceding goals at a rate of one a game based on their previous seven outings and are yet to face a nation with any attacking force that could be considered comparable to the Portuguese forward.