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With victory vital for Paulo Bento's men after a heavy defeat to Germany, Ronaldo and Co face a solid USA team with our tipster backing the Stars and Stripes to net at least twice

Portugal and USA meet in the tricky conditions of Manaus on Sunday, with both teams enjoying contrasting starts to their World Cup campaigns.

Whereas Paulo Bento's men were thrashed by Germany, USA started off like a rocket against Ghana, scoring an early goal before eventually winning 2-1 courtesy of a dramatic late winner.

A victory for Jurgen Kilnsmann men tonight will secure qualification into the next stage and could potentially set up a mouth-watering clash with Germany for top spot in Group G.

The USA came into the finals full of confidence, winning three games on the spin in warm-up friendlies, which followed a convincing qualifying display where they topped the CONCACAF group.

That campaign saw them win seven of their 10 matches to finish above Costa Rica, Honduras and Mexico. bet365 price them at 17/4 (5.25) to win this match.

Portugal have a huge amount to do if they are to progress in the tournament after a disappointing start against Germany. Not only did they lose 4-0, Pepe was sent off and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo didn't look 100 per cent fit.

After progressing through to Brazil through the play-offs, beating Sweden over two legs, Bento will not want to see his side go home early. bet365 price them at 7/10 (1.70) to win, with the same firm pricing the draw at 3/1 (4.00).

Throughout their qualifying campaign, USA only lost two matches - both away from home in tough conditions at Costa Rica and Honduras.

Apart from those results, Klinsmann's men had a fantastic record, beating the likes of Mexico and winning their home ties against Costa Rica and Honduras. With Portugal looking far from assured in their opening match, the double chance bet of USA/draw at 6/5 (2.20) certainly seems tempting with bet365.

But it's a longer price that stands out in this fixture. USA come into this match full of confidence in front of goal.

The Stars and Stripes have netted at least twice in six of their last seven matches. With Portugal struggling to keep goals out in their qualifying group, conceding two or more against Northern Ireland, Sweden and Israel, as well as the four they conceded against Germany, the price of USA to score over 1.5 goals at 3/1 (4.00) is certainly worth a small investment.

Should the match finish 0-0 bet365 will refund losing bets on first/last and anytime goalscorer markets as well as half time/full time, correct score and scorecast wagers.
USA to score over 1.5 goals for a 1.5pt stake at 3/1 (4.00) with bet365

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