Portugal has been seeded in Group G, the so-called "Group of Death", along with Brazil, Ivory Coast, and Korea DPR.
They are favorites to qualify from the group along with Brazil, but they need to register wins against the other two teams in the group.
Portugal are favorites to win against North Korea but they need to keep their guard. Their trickiest group game will be against Ivory Coast. The African nation will be looking to make an impression in their second appearance after a poor performance in the 2006 World Cup.
With their prolific goal-scoring striker Didier Drogba in top form, he is bound to give the weak Portuguese defense a tough time. Accompanying him will be his club mate Salomon Kalou who also had a great season with Chelsea.
They also have the "Toure brothers" in their squad, who have been top class for their respective clubs.
Portugal needs to win against the Ivorians if they want to ensure a smooth passage to the next round. A draw or loss can end Ronaldo's dream of glory prematurely.
So Portugal needs to win their matches against Ivory Coast and North Korea to ensure their qualification for the knock-out rounds.