Portugal Odds to win the World Cup – Group win more likely at 3/1

Portugal have been drawn a difficult group for a second consecutive tournament although the latest Portugal odds of 3/1 could attract plenty of attention.

Manager: Paulo Bento
World Cup best:
Third placed (1966)
How they qualified:
European Play-offs

Portugal finished second behind Russia in their World Cup qualifying group, meaning they faced Sweden in a two legged play-off.

Silly draws with Israel and Northern Ireland cost Portugal in their pursuit of top spot, something they can afford in Brazil.

Cristiano Ronaldo was the difference for Portugal as they beat Sweden both home and away, with the Real Madrid man scoring a hat-trick in Stockholm.

Star player: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)

The 2013 Ballon D’Or winner will be desperate to make a mark on the World Cup after a disappointing 2010 tournament.

One goal short of 50 international goals and will surely reach the landmark before or during the 2014 World Cup.

Ronaldo’s pace on the counter attack was key during the play-off win over Sweden and especially against Germany it could prove key again.

One to watch: William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon)

William Carvalho has had a brilliant season for Sporting and is attracting interest from Manchester United.

The Reds will be hoping to get a deal done before the start of the tournament, as his stock rises across Europe.


The Bruno Alves Pepe partnership at the back was excellent at 2012 as they kept Spain at bay in the semi-finals.

Portugal’s team ethic is there for all to see, with the squad aware they don’t have the talent of previous sides.


Their centre forward options has been weak since the retirement of Pauleta and they are over reliant on the goals of Ronaldo.

Options of the bench are also scarce in comparison to the elite sides in the competition and at Euro 2012 they struggled to break down the very best.

How far can they go?
They are expected to get out of a tough group and they’d fancy themselves against any side in Group H, including Belgium.


Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes, Beto, Eduardo, Rui Patricio

Defenders: Andre Almeida, Antunes, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Joao Pereira, Neto, Pepe, Ricardo Costa, Rolando

Midfielders: Andre Gomes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Miguel Veloso, Raul Meireles, Ruben Amorim, William Carvalho

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Eder, Helder Postiga, Hugo Almeida, Ivan Cavaleiro, Nani, Rafa, Ricardo Quaresma, Silvestre Varela, Vieirinha

*Squad will be cut by seven to 23 before the start of the tournament

Group G


Monday 16th June: Germany vs. Portugal 23:00
Sunday 22nd June: USA vs. Portugal 23:00
Thursday 26th June: Portugal vs. Ghana 17:00

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