World Cup Group G Betting


Germany

Odds: 6.00

Qualifying form: Virtually flawless. Only a 4-4 draw with Sweden prevented them rolling into Brazil on the back of a 100% qualifying record. They seem to have got increasingly stronger since qualifying began, although the injury to their revered midfield insurance policy, Sami Khedira, could prove costly.

Previous best: Winners in 1954, 1974, 1990 (as West Germany)

Key man: Mesut Ozil

The heartbeat of the side, Ozil makes Germany tick. Despite a slow start at Arsenal, his class is evident,  and Germany need this man to be on form in Brazil.

Potential wildcard: Julian Draxler

Another attacking midfielder fresh off the current conveyor belt of German talent, this tall, direct ball-player is Schalke's prize possession and could make a huge impact in Brazil.

If they were a musical act they’d be…

Madonna - This perpetual success story reinvents itself year after year.



Portugal

Odds: 30.00

Qualifying form: Finished second to Russia in Group F, which was considered a failure by Portuguese standards. But they dusted themselves down and booked their place at the finals in dramatic style, with main man Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick in Sweden, and ensuring Zlatan Ibrahimovic stays at home. 

Previous best: Third place in 1966 remains their best ever showing.

Key man: Cristiano Ronaldo

Who else? Arguably the world’s best player at the moment, Ronny is genuine football royalty. He has won the Champions League and titles in England and Spain, but the World Cup has so far evaded him. Will want to impress in what will be his last World Cup at the peak of his powers.

Potential wildcard: Bruma

Six goals from midfield at the recent Under-20 World Cup has helped fast-track this teen sensation to the big time. Learning from new strike partner Didier Drogba at Galatasaray will only further enhance his developement and Portugal boss Paolo Bento is set to reap the rewards.   

If they were a musical act they’d be…

The Jackson Five - A talented group, but everyone's there to see only one man. 




Ghana

Odds: 150.00

Qualifying form: Ghana romped home in style with a 7-3 aggregate victory in their play-off with Egypt in October.

Previous best: Quarter-final in 2010.

Key man: Asamoah Gyan - The Black Stars have kept the nucleus of the team that so impressed during the last World Cup, and it will still be their fleet-footed talisman on whom they rely. Gyan made his name by starring in South Africa. Now aged 28, and having plundered 91 goals in 80 games for his current club side, he's sure to figure heavily in Brazil.  

Potential wildcard: Albert Adomah - This British-born winger has impressed for his motherland of late. The Middlesbrough man would complete a remarkable career turnaround since starting with Harrow Borough in amateur football, but he won't be in Brazil just to make up the numbers.   

If they were a musical act they'd be...

One Direction - This talented bunch have really come to the fore in recent times, but have to make the most of it while they're at their peak, because this won't last forever. 



United States

Odds: 100.00

Qualifying form: Topped their group, finishing four points clear of Costa Rica.

Previous best: Third place in 1930.

Key man: Clint Dempsey - The former Fulham and Tottenham man is the centre of the US team. He's one of their few match-winners.

Wildcard: Jozy Altidore - He's been around the block a few times and, even now at Sunderland, is yet to find a club that really suits him. But he's strong and he's direct, and defenders find him a handful.

If they were a musical act they’d be…

The Kinks - Really rather good, but destined to be ecliped by the more talented collectives around them.




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