Portugal – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Paulo Bento
Captain: Cristiano Ronaldo
FIFA World Ranking: 4th
World Cup appearances: 5
Best World Cup: Third Place; 1966
Portugal Team Profile
Portugal, despite boasting some very talented individuals, none more so than one Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal for many are ranked far too highly in the FIFA world rankings. They didn’t have things all their own way through qualification and were beaten to top spot by Russia. That sent them through to a play off against Sweden, a tie which they won 4-2 on aggregate thanks to a stunning hat trick in the second leg by that man Cristiano Ronaldo. It wasn’t all thoroughly convincing though and take Ronaldo out of the picture and they can look decidedly ordinary.
Portugal’s far from flawless qualifying campaign has led to Bookies pricing the Portuguese up as one of the outsiders and are currently available at around the 33/1 mark. They look a dream outside bet if truth be told as, at the end of the day, simply because they do have the World Player of the Year at their beck and call in Ronaldo. However, they will need their star player and captain to shine in Brazil if they want to better their previous effort in a World Cup when they finished the 2010 finals in the round of sixteen.
Portugal Key Players
Sometimes known as the ‘whiner’ during his time in the English Premier League, but now referred to as one of the greats of the modern era, Cristiano Ronaldo will carry the hopes of nation into South Africa as he looks to carry a relatively weak Portugal squads for some time to World Cup glory in Brazil 2014.
Ronaldo, who was bought for staggering £80Mil from Manchester United, is now the most expensive player in the world and to have ever lived, and doesn’t he just know it. His ego is about the size of his lavish price tag, which is rumoured to be around the Billion mark, and it’s sometimes his ego which gets him into trouble. For all Ronaldo’s silky skills and superior technical ability, he does have a temper and has been known to lash out when matters on the pitch aren’t going his way.
Nevertheless a great player, and a prolific goalscorer. His immense club form with Real Madrid has carried into his international games but he’s still an immensely talented player, one which every opponent will fear. Ronaldo will be the main creator and main goal taker in Brazil aiming to take the phrase ‘Captain Fantastic’ to a whole new level. While POrtugal aren’t expected to go all the way and win the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo will create enough chances for himself to perhaps warrant a shot in the Top Scorer market.
Look across Portugal’s back four and you will find a crop of very steady players. the duo of Pepe and Bruno Alves is a pretty solid partnership for them and a big asset to their defensive corps is their quick and attack minded full backs. Fabio Coentrao and Joao Pereira are both superb at bombing forward.
Their strength is undoubtedly their biggest asset – Cristiano Ronaldo. The man has the potential and sometimes the audacity to win any game single handily, and with Portugal not at their strongest, especially in attack, he may well have to carry this Portugal side to success in South Africa. If Ronaldo is fit then Portugal will be a threat against any nation. If he isn’t, however, then Portugal simply aren’t the same side.
The big concern for POrtugal is their perceived lack of support and quality to back up Cristino Ronaldo. They do look an average side without him and frnakly it is hard to see where the goals are going to come from if the Real MAdrid star doesn’t bring his shooting boots to Brazil. A decent back line and the best forward player in the world, but in between there’s not a lot to write home about. The way Portugal play too, which is a bit of a muted defensive set up, doesn’t help get the best out of their players.
Portugal Qualification for the World Cup
Position: 2nd (won play off v Sweden)
Goals Scored: 20
Goals Conceded: 9
World Cup Potential: 3/5
While their squad may not be the strongest, they still have one of the World’s best players in Cristiano Ronaldo and an on-song Ronaldo will be a match for any team. They are only rated as a 3 here because of his presence in the side.
The Portuguese, because of the difficulty of their group, where they should only be in a race for second place behind Germany, will have to take on strong African nation Ghana and a battling USA side. Really on paper, it should be the Portuguse who join Germany in the next round, but seeing them come through tougher challenges deeper into the tournament is hard to picture.
Portugal World Cup Betting Odds:
Portugal to win the World Cup: 33/1 Bet365
Before the World Cup the odds on Portugal were 33/1
Portugal World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group G
|Mo 16th June||17.00||Germany v Portugal||4:0|
|Mo 16th June||23.00||Ghana v USA||1:2|
|Sa 21st June||20.00||Germany v Ghana||2:2|
|Su 22nd June||23.00||USA v Portugal||:|
|Th 26th June||17.00||USA v Germany||:|
|Th 26th June||17.00||Portugal v Ghana||:|
World Cup 2014 Group G Table