Group G World Cup Betting Preview: Germany Best Odds, US Long Shot

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2014

Germany's Miroslav Klose hugs team mate Thomas Mueller after scoring his side's opening goal  during their FIFA World Cup 2014 qualification group C soccer match between Germany and Austria in Munich, southern Germany, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. Left team mate Marco Reus. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Behind only Brazil and Argentina on the World Cup future odds betting board, Germany is one of the favorites to win the World Cup this year, going off at 11-2.

As a result, the Germans are expected to handle their business and advance out of Group G. But the rest of the group will try to play spoiler as Portugal, Ghana and the USA each bring a unique challenge to the table.

At the end of the day, Germany figures to have too much talent and depth to be overcome by any team in this group. While the other teams in the group have weaknesses that can be exploited, Germany doesn't show any, going undefeated through the qualifying process while scoring 36 goals in 10 games.

Germany controls the pace with a relentless attack but can also hold its own on the defensive end. The German team is a 5-9 favorite in odds to win Group G.

Germany has the best team in Group G, but Portugal has the best player in the group. Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo stands alongside Lionel Messi as one of the top two players in the world, and he single-handedly makes Portugal a threat in every game.

Ronaldo gives Portugal a puncher's chance of upsetting Germany and winning Group G at 5-2. The issue with Portugal is that the team lacks the depth behind Ronaldo to match up with a team like Germany and has been known to be vulnerable as a unit on defense.

Portugal is 25-1 to win the World Cup.

Jurgen Klinsmann isn't looking to win any popularity contests as manager of the USA, cutting Landon Donovan from the team's 23-man squad. Donovan is the all-time leading scorer for the national team and was arguably the face of USA soccer.

But Klinsmann opted to go with younger players in hopes that this year will provide valuable experience for the future. Klinsmann helped mold Germany's soccer team into what it is today and is hoping to do the same for the United States, who are a 10-1 long shot to win Group G and 100-1 to win the World Cup.

Ghana (10-1 to win Group G) doesn't have the talent that Germany has or a star like Cristiano Ronaldo, but it does have a very well-rounded team that will be a tough out for the rest of the group.

Ghana has knocked the United States out of each of the last two World Cups, and will try to end the USA's slim hopes early when the two teams meet in their first game of group play.


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