United State vs Portugal – Troubles of Portuguese team are greater than their abilities

World Cup 2014
Group G
Sunday, June 22, 2014 at 23:00 GMT (18:00 Local time)
Arena Amazônia, Manaus

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After an unexpected draw between Germany and Ghana, there is no doubt that this will be a very dramatic group. The United States see their opportunity to take first place in the group, while Portugal has got a sudden chance to return to the game for the next round. This will be a tough match, not only because of its importance, but also because of the severe climatic conditions in Manaus.

While many wrote off United States in advance, especially after Klinsmann has canceled an experienced Donovan, they took advantage of their opportunities in the first game and won three points against favored Ghana. The magnitude of this victory is visible only now after Ghana played out a draw against Germany, dropping a chance to win. However, the price of success in the first game has been an injury of attacker Altidore, who will miss the game in Manaus, while central defender Besler and midfielder Bedoya have also had some problems with injuries. Klinsmann was a striker, and his team plays the same way, so it should not expect a defensive approach to the game against Portugal, especially bearing in mind that new three points guarantee a place in the next round of the competition.

Probable line-up of United States (4-4-2): Howard – F. Johnson, Cameron, Besler, Beasley – Beckerman, J. Jones, Bradley, Bedoya – Johannsson, Dempsey

Portugal has disappointed their fans in full, but I have already said that I did not expect their better performance. Cristiano Ronaldo is the central figure of this team, not only because he was voted the best player in the world in 2013, but because of the overall atmosphere that is not pleasant in the Portuguese team. There are rumors that there are many conflicts between players, and such an experience of other teams in the past had sent them home after the first two games in the group stage of the competition. A draw or a defeat against the United States would produce the same effect at Portugal, so they must overcome personal vanities and play all or nothing in this game. But Ronaldo clearly is not recovered enough, goalkeeper Patricio, defender Coentrao and forward H. Almeida will not play due to injuries, while Pepe has been suspended for his stupidity, so that Portugal is in big trouble.

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Probable line-up of Portugal (4-3-2-1): Eduardo – J. Pereira, Bruno Alves, Neto, A. Almeida – Raul Meireles, Veloso, Moutinho – Nani, C. Ronaldo – Helder Postiga

United State vs Portugal Match Prediction

With all the problems of the Portuguese team and great motivation of the U.S., bookies have set totally wrong betting odds. United States +0.75.

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