Arguably the toughest group at the tournament finals will see two title contenders and as many quality sides with a potential to surprise vying for places in the knockout stages. In spite of some injury problems, Germany arrive in Brazil on the back of three successive top 3 finishes and hoping to clinch their fourth World Cup title and first since 1990.
Led by Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal have high hopes, especially following a very good performance at the Euro 2012. meanwhile, Ghana and USA may be seen as underdogs, but following some impressive displays in warm-up games, both sides will be feeling confident about their chances of surprising either Germany or Portugal and reaching the Last 16 stage.
Winners of Group G
Germany have had their share of problems in the build up to the tournament finals, with the likes of Gomez, Schmelzer, Reus, Gundogan, Bender brothers and few more players ruled out through injury, but Joachim Low’s side, nonetheless, remain one of the main candidates for the coveted trophy. Having shown incredible consistency over the last decade and with so many quality players in the side, die Mannschaft look they can emerge as winners of Group G.
Germany impressed to finish in top 3 at five of last six major tournaments, and they are hoping the time has come for the long-awaited trophy. Die Mannscaft are not the sort of team that would crumble under pressure and star players Neuer, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Podolski and Ozil can certainly be trusted to enjoy another very successful tournament.
Best Odds to Win Group G
Germany will not have an easy job in Group G, but it will be extremely difficult for other sides to match their quality, experience and ability to perform under pressure, so we can definitely see Joachim Low’s side qualifying for the Last 16 stage from the first position in the group.
To Qualify from Group G
While Ghana and United States would probably have a decent chance of qualifying had they been placed in some other group, but we just cannot see them upsetting Germany and Portugal in Brazil. The Seleccao did experience some problems in the qualifying campaign, as they generally do, but they tend to save their best performances for when it really matters.
Following several very disappointing tournaments, Portugal finally lived up to the billing at the Euro 2012, when they narrowly missed out on a place in the final. And having then pipped Netherlands and Denmark to the second place in the group despite losing to Germany in their opening fixture, Paulo Bento’s charges can be trusted to do it all over again, especially with Ghana and USA much easier opponents than those they faced in Poland and Ukraine.
Best Odds To Qualify from Group G
Cristiano Ronaldo has recovered just in time to help the Seleccao at the tournament finals, while revived Nani and Fabio Coentrao as well as some of the younger guns are expected to help the team realize its full potential and avoid any surprises in group stage.
Group G Match Betting Tips
Portugal could face a very tough task in their opening fixture against group favourites Germany, especially since Ronaldo and Pepe will not be at 100%, but they should be much better prepared for the second match against United States. Jurgen Klinsmann’s side may have played well of late, but their inexperience could prove to be a major issue at the tournament finals, and we just don’t see how they are going to match Portugal, who should be at full strength when facing USA.
Group G Team to Concede Most Goals
With Germany and Portugal boasting incredible attacking potential, both Ghana and USA will need to work really hard in an attempt to keep the results at a respectable level. But, while the Black Stars haven’t concede more than one goal in last ten matches in all competitions, United States have been conceding goals for fun of late and they cannot be expected to fare much better when facing some of world’s strongest sides.
Both Teams to Score Match Tips
With Germany playing Portugal in their opener, Ghana and United States will be vying for a chance to stay in contention for the second place in the group, knowing that only a win, preferably a big one, would keep their qualifying hopes alive. It is for that reason that we are likely to see a very open game, and with both teams apparently in a very good scoring form, this game should be the best bet for the both teams to score market.
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