Portugal World Cup 2018 Betting – Odds, Group & Prediction

Portugal

Portugal can proudly step out at the 2018 World Cup as European Champions. So they are carrying some weight of expectation on their shoulders because of that, however, they have received a tough draw against Spain in the group stage so they are going to have their work cut out for them. They do have, however, one of the greatest players the game has ever seen.

Winner Odds*

Germany 9/2, Brazil 4/1, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 10/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Russia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7:46 p.m. on April 5th, 2018)

 

Portugal Group Stage

Portugal will have mixed feelings about their group. They obviously have a tough challenge ahead of them as they face up to Spain, which is their opening match. So winning the group could be a tricky thing for the European Champions to pull off. But on the other side of the coin, they should be able to handle themselves well enough against Morocco and Iran to get themselves through to the next round. So the big question is, how much importance is there on winning Group B?

Fortunately, it may not be a huge disaster from the perspective of the round of sixteen. Worse case scenario it would be against Uruguay, best case Russia or Egypt. So even if they do end up losing to the Spaniards in their opening match, it would not be a huge disaster for the Portuguese. They did leave it late in qualifying to pip Switzerland to the post and they will be reliant on their superstar Cristiano Ronaldo of course.

While they can backed as underdogs against Spain in their June 15th clash, they are odds-on favourites to beat both Morocco and Iran in the group so a six-point haul for them is more than plausible. It may not be good enough to win them the group, but they should be in the round of sixteen and that leaves them competitive. As they have proven really since the start of their Euro 2016 campaign, where they didn’t win any of their first five matches in 90 minutes, they are just such a hard side to beat.

Portugal Stage of Elimination Odds

If you project Portugal to finish second in their group and Uruguay to win Group A then it would put those two together and then the quarter finals could see the winner of that having to go up against France. So there’s not the toughest of roads to go, but a difficult one nonetheless. Winning the group would give them an easier run but that is not too likely to happen.

Portugal does have a habit of being frustratingly difficult to beat. You saw it at Euro 2016 and they will rely heavily on Ronaldo as you would expect. They should be in the round of sixteen, but going further could be a step too far for them and they are 6/4 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken on April 6th, 2018 at 4:45 p.m.) to go out at the last sixteen.

World Cup Record

Portugal are in their fifth consecutive World Cup finals so it is has been a good consistent run from them. They made their first-ever tournament appearance in 1996 when they managed to take third place but that was it then until Mexico 1986 when they reappeared and crashed in the group stage. They had another long wait to appear on the world stage until they made it South Korea/Japan in 2002 and again went home at the group stage. Their best ever run saw them land the fourth place in 2006. Overall Portugal’s World cup record is W13 D4 L9.

Portugal Prediction

We don’t see them going beyond the round of sixteen unless Uruguay fails to win their group. Portugal, whether they like it or not are a one-man show. They have some other quality in there with the likes of William Carvalho and Bernardo Silva, but only two players in their recent squad for their March 2018 friendly games against Egypt and the Netherlands had reached double figures in goals for them. There’s not enough in the squad, particularly in terms strength in the middle of the park to see them make the quarter finals.

 



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