With the European pair seemingly head and shoulders above the rest in Group G, Al Hain-Cole expects the USA to lose the battle to avoid finishing bottom of the pile
Priced respectively at 1/8 (1.13) and 1/2 (1.50) with bet365 to qualify for the last 16, the Germans and Portuguese look set for a two-horse race for top spot.
Having beaten Paulo Bento’s side in each of their last three encounters, Die Mannschaft are clear 1/2 (1.50) favourites to win that particular contest, with the Selecao on offer at 11/4 (3.75).
However, while a German side that ranks among the favourites to go all the way this summer will probably get the better of them, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.’s strong recent form suggests they should have simply too much for the other teams in the group.
With this in mind, odds of 6/4 (2.50) are surely worth backing on Joachim Low’s men finishing top of the pile, closely followed by second-placed Portugal.
This probable duopoly leaves Ghana and the USA fighting it out to avoid bottom spot, with respective 6/5 (2.20) and 11/10 (2.10) odds on offer for the loser of that duel.
Having recorded a group stage victory over the Stars and Stripes at World Cup 2006 before knocking them out in the last 16 in South Africa last time out, Akwasi Appiah’s outfit should feel confident of consigning their American opponents to the wooden spoon in Brazil.
In fact, the Black Stars will be harbouring loftier ambitions after reaching the quarter-finals at the last World Cup, and are priced at 11/4 (3.75) to qualify for the knockout rounds once again, or 12/1 (13.00) to win the group.
Alternatively, Jurgen Klinsmann is available at 13/5 (3.60) to lead his side to their fourth second round appearance in six tournaments, and 11/1 (12.00) to get one over on his homeland by ending the group stage as shock winners.
|USA to finish bottom of Group G for a 1.5pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with bet365
||Germany & Portugal to finish first and second for a 1pt stake at 6/4 (2.50) with bet365
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