Portugal and Deco unfazed by Group of Death World Cup Fixtures

28th April 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

One of the most highly anticipated groups for World Cup Betting in South Africa, is Group G, which is otherwise known as the Group of Death. Portugal, who struggled and scrapped their way through their European qualification, and a play-off, are confident that they can reach the last 16 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, at the expense of either group rivals, Brazil or the Ivory Coast. Chelsea midfielder Deco, who is expected to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, has a lot of faith in the ability of his team mates to go deep into the competition, while a lot of doubt surrounds their ability to get out of the group stage. The reason that Portugal find themselves out at longer prices in World Cup odds, is largely based on their lack of form through qualification.

It is not that they lack talent, with the likes of Deco and Cristiano Ronaldo in the fold, they just could not seem to get things together as a team during the early stages of qualification. It was only their ability to dig deep and scrap for results during the run-in, which saw them pinch second place in their qualification group behind Denmark. Now they will be thrown into the lions den for their opening World Cup Fixture against Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast, a match which many think will be the decider for the second spot in the group behind Brazil. Deco is one of the players who has been caught up in battles between the two countries, as the Brazilian born player pledged his allegiance to Portugal early in young card. Since then, the midfielder has proven something of a thorn in the side of his birth country, as he has scored winnings goals against them, but a recent encounter in 2008 between the two sides, saw Deco suffer a harsh a 6-2 defeat.

June 25 will bring Portugal and Brazil together at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and there is no doubt that Portugal are one of the dangerous floaters in the competition. The race for top spot in Group G is quite a crucial one, as the runners-up in the group, will likely have to face Spain in the second round, as the Spaniards, favourites to win the World Cup, should win Group H. So not only will the second placed team have to navigate a group match against Brazil, but then will probably have to face Spain. The route to the final of the World Cup will not be an easy one for anyone from the Group G “Group of Death” but betting on Portugal at the World Cup look to be outside wagers at best, despite the quality of individual players they do have.

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