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These sides have already been involving in matches which have seen plenty of goals and Phil Kitromilides is backing at least four more to be scored when they meet in Brasilia

Portugal's dreams of making it through to the knockout stages are slender but still intact after their dramatic last-gasp equaliser against United States in their second group game.

For Paolo Bento's men to progress to the last 16, the most likely scenario is for them to beat Ghana by a healthy margin and hope that Germany inflict a convincing defeat upon the Americans.

It is difficult but not impossible and Paddy Power price the Portuguese at 6/5 (2.20) for the win.

Ghana, meanwhile, are the outsiders at 21/10 (3.10) with the draw that would see both sides eliminated offered at 11/4 (3.75).

So far we have seen little from the Portuguese to inspire much confidence, while Ghana earned many plaudis in playing out a 2-2 draw with Germany, a game which was widely regarded as one of the best of the tournament.

The natural tendency is to lean towards goals in this encounter, with over 2.5 goals offered at 4/7 (1.57)
and both teams to scored available at 4/9 (1.44).


Of more interest, however, is the price of 11/8 (2.32) for at least four goals to be scored and, in this most thrilling of World Cups, goals have not been in short supply.

Indeed, of the four matches contested so far by these two teams in the tournament, three have seen over 3.5 goals.

Both sides have to go for the win yet both have hitherto been guilty of some poor defending.

While both teams to score is the most likely bet to pay out, the price is just too small for all but the most seasoned of punters so, for some higher odds, backing another high-scoring Group G match seems like a solid option.

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Over 3.5 goals at 11/8 (2.32) 2.0pt stake with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid

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