Portugal odds to win World Cup 2014
Portugal will be rolling into the 2014 World Cup, with one of the best players on the planet in their ranks. That of course is Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronald0 who is trading at a price of 14/1 in the top goalscorer market. That will make a sound bet for many, as the former Manchester United star certainly has the capability of bagging a few. He should get plenty of chances as well as the Portuguese line up against Ghana and the USA in the group stage, but their biggest stumbling block to actually winning the World Cup is Germany, who they were also drawn alongside in Group G.
So while Ronaldo delivers on the pitch time and time and again and is Portugal’s main source of goals, there will be questions about how far they can go in the tournament. They only made it to Brazil 2014 courtesy of some heroics from Ronaldo in their play off tie against Sweden and it will take some serious consideration in wondering just how far he will be able to carry them on his own. The Golden Boot winner at the World Cup only usually needs around five goals on average, and with the golden touch that has, you wouldn’t put it past him to challenge for the title, even if his games at the overall tournament are limited.
Portugal odds to win World Cup 2014 are well out at 33/1 and that is the same price as England, who many people are writing off. The problem with Portugal is that they are so reliant on Ronaldo, that if they lose him, or if he is having an off day, then there isn’t much else there in the side apart from a relatively organised defense. The Portuguese are a very average looking side without Ronaldo in the ranks and that will seriously limit their chances of making it deep into the tournament. They need CR7 to be firing on all cylinders and he can of course, win games single handedly. This is the world stage and this will be his chance to shine.
But the fact of the matter is, is that Portugal are a long shot, a big dark horse. They are priced at 3/1 to win Group G outright which doesn’t look likely against the Germans, but they are a decent 4/7 to actually just make it out of the group. It is expected that their duel with Ghana will be the deciding game as to who follows favourites Germany through. But just getting through of course isn’t going to be enough, although if they do finish second they will likely have to face up to either Belgium or Russia in the round of sixteen. Either of those would be tough opponents for them to test their wits against.
Portugal’s introduction to the 2014 World Cup will happen on June 16th when they take on Germany. They would probably be happy with a point out of that and then hope to take their chances and run up a better goal difference than the Germans over the remaining games. With Portugal priced well out at 5/1 to make it to the semi finals, they remain a long shot. They fell at the round of sixteen at the 2010 World Cup, losing to eventual winners Spain after finishing runners up in the group behind Brazil. It was against the Spaniards that they lost out in the Euro 2012 semi finals in a penalty shoot out. They can frustrate, but posting enough wins on the board is going to be tough.