USA vs Portugal by JerryDrake
Stadium: Arena Amazonia, Manaus
Germany are leading the Group G with 4 points (1-1-0, 6/2), followed by the United States with 3 points (1-0-0, 2/1), Ghana 1 (0-1-1, 3/4) and Portugal 0 (0-0-1, 0/4). Jürgen Klinsmann had a perfect start when United States defeated Ghana in Natal 2-1 with a late decisive goal scored by Brooks.
Portugal lost 0-4 in their debut with Germany with a Cristiano Ronaldo still fighting to recover from his injury. He was not completely fit in his first match and it is not sure that he will be 100% ready for this decisive match.
When USA defeated Ghana it was not clear yet that Ghana were so strong. It became clear yesterday when the African team drew with Germany 2-2 and were very close to win. This gives more value to the result held by United States in the first match.
For this match Klinsmann will miss Altidore while Bento will have to organize his team without Coentrao, Rui Patricio, Hugo Almeida and Pepe. A lot of missing players.
This match is decisive for Portugal as they need to win and reach 3 points. Klinsmann is in a good position as a draw would be a good step towards the Round of 16. But a victory is much better for him because they would qualify to next stage without having to risk an elimination in their match with Germany.
The coach and players of the United States seem to be concentrated and motivated and they could repeat the result obtained by USA in 2002 when they defeated Portugal. If Cristiano Ronaldo will permit it, this bet can become a perfect bet. I back the motivation of the Americans against and I go against a team that is experiencing big problems.
USA: Howard; Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley; Bedoya, Beckerman, Bradley, Jones; Dempsey, Johnasson. Coach: Klinsmann
PORTUGAL: Eduardo; Pereira, R. Costa, Bruno Alves (Luis Neto), A. Almeida; Meireles, Veloso, Moutinho; Nani, Postiga, C. Ronaldo. Coach: Bento
Out: Altidore (USA), Coentrao, Pepe, Rui Patricio, Hugo Almeida (Portugal)
Referee: Pitana (Argentina)
Bet: USA, odds: 4.80 Sbobet, stake: 7/10
|USA||Sbobet||4.80||7||2-2 LOST (-7 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.