United States vs. Portugal Odds
BRAZIL (The Spread) – The United States can earn a spot in the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup if it can find a way to beat Portugal today at 6PM ET.
This match is out of Group G with the United States coming off a 2-1 win over Ghana, while Portugal suffered a 4-0 loss to Germany. According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Portugal is favored to win this match, as it has a money line of -140, while the United States has been given odds of +330 to win. The over/under total for this match has been set at 2.5 goals, while a draw has been given odds of +325 to take place.
The United State is now 8-17-5 in World Cup play following its win over Ghana. The U.S. has scored 34 goals in its history while allowing a total of 57. The United States got a win with a little bit of luck against Ghana. The Americans suffered a number of injuries during the match and were on their heels after taking a 1-0 lead in the opening minute. Ghana possessed the ball for 59% of the match and had a 21-8 shot advantage. Ghana tied the score in the 82nd minute, but a header from John Brooks just minutes later gave the U.S. the 2-1 win. American star Clint Dempsey will be playing this game with a nose injury while forward Jozy Altidore is out with a hamstring issue.
Portugal is now 12-9-3 in its World Cup history. Portugal has scored 39 goals while allowing a total of 26. The 4-0 loss to Germany was quite surprising, as Portugal isn’t accustomed to suffering losses of that size. The stats don’t match the score as well, as Portugal held the ball for 46% of the match and also outshot Germany by a 14-13 total. Portugal has one of the best players in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a total of seven shots in the loss, including five shots on goal.