Three-time world champions Germany have high hopes for Brazil after reaching the semis in the last two finals but the Group of Death draw, which includes Portugal, Ghana and USA, has increased their betting odds noticeably. Join us as we analyse Group G complete with soccer free picks.
World Cup 2014 Favourites:
Topping markets across all sportsbooks are Brazil +300, Argentina +450, Germany +550, Spain +700, Belgium +1600 and France +2000.
Teams to spot, quadrennial sports bettors’ favourites and past champions: Uruguay +2500, Italy +2800, Holland +2800, Portugal +3300, and England +3300
GROUP G Betting Odds and Odds to Win Outright:
Germany -200 to win Group G (+550 to win outright)
Despite many dubbing Group G the Group of Death, Germany have the market cornered at -200 soccer odds to win outright at Bet365. And, more likely than not, Germany should come through on these high expectations. A tradition of excellence has Germany carrying the burden of pressure and, in turn, favouritism, seemingly effortlessly. So no matter how competitive a group is drawn, the probability Germany would advanced is ingrained in sports betting circles.
This doesn’t mean Germany will have an easy time of it. On the contrary, all three opposing nations loom dangerous and tricky. Germany ranks second in FIFA while Portugal ranks fifth and USA and Ghana ring in at 14th and 24th respectively, making this the tournament’s second Group of Death along with Group D. But weighing in the balance the options at Joachim Low’s disposal, the talent and depth he has to choose from, the scale tips in Germany’s favour to negotiate this tough group, even if they do so by skin of their teeth.
Portugal +275 to win Group G (+3300 to win outright)
Portugal are deemed the Group’s second favourites at +275 soccer odds, what is a correct market assessment given their top five FIFA credentials. However, where Portugal is concerned, they can be a hit and miss at times. The overwhelming case against them: they are only as good as their star talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. Proof positive: their qualifying campaign that took a detour through the playoffs after finishing second behind Russia and required a singularly dominating performance by Ronaldo over an Ibrahimovic-inspired Sweden to send them into the World Cup. Having one of the best footballers in today’s game is an asset but relying on him as a game changer solely isn’t. It takes a team to win the World Cup.
Ghana+1100 to win Group G (+25000 to win outright)
Ghana have the happy prospect of reacquainting themselves with familiar foes in Brazil. For a second finals in a row, Ghana draws Germany in the group stages. What’s more, Ghana have drawn USA, their R16 opponents in South Africa.
In 2010, Ghana advanced second after Germany into the knockout stages; they were the only African nation to reach the knockouts of the first-ever World Cup to be hosted in Africa. In the R16, they came up against an impressive USA side that gave them a serious run for the money and forced extra time before finally clinching a 2-1 victory. Ghana’s promising campaign came to an abrupt end however in the quarterfinals when they lost to Uruguay on penalties.
USA +1200 to win Group G (+15000 to win outright)
Former 1990 German star Jurgen Klinsmann is hoping to carry USA successfully into the knockouts but the odds are stacked heavily against his charges with two European heavyweights (including his native Germany) and Ghana standing in their way. Indeed, USA will have all to do to accomplish what is seemingly unthinkable, never mind winning the group at staggering +1200 soccer odds at Bet365.
Soccer Betting Verdict
To all intents and purpose, Germany and Portugal are the hot favourites in this group to advance into the knockout stages; therefore, backing either side to win the group would be considered a smart soccer pick. That said Germany, given their deposits in the last two World Cups, should win this group while Portugal should make a strong claim for second place. If one in this pair were to falter in the group stage, Portugal would fit that billing because of their conspicuous inconsistency, opening the door for either USA or Ghana, two sides more than capable of capitalising on such opportunity.
Free Soccer Picks: Germany to win Group G; Portugal to clinch second; USA to finish third and Ghana to finish fourth.