Portugal and Brazil meet in an interesting match to determine the winner of World Cup Group G. If Portugal wins they win the group. Brazil wins the group if they win or tie. This will be the best best match of the last day of World Cup Group competition.
Brazil will be without the services of their best player, Kaka. In a controversial match against the Ivory Coast, the referees were in rare form and inexplicably presented Kaka with his second yellow card, leading to a red card ejection and a seat for Brazil’s next match.
Robinho of Brazil Will Take on Portugal’s Legend Cristiano Ronaldo
With Kaka out, Robinho will have to step up and take his place. Taking Kaka’s place is not so easy when it means he will have to keep to keep pace with Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal’s legendary striker. Robinho only has one assist so far in this years World Cup and maybe Kaka’s absence will let him flourish.
Cristiano Ronaldo is possibly one of the best three soccer players in the world. He has a thundering shot and in free kick situations, Ronaldo is the most creative player in the world. Ronaldo has 10 shots so far in this years World Cup and has one goal and one assist to show for it. The edge on strikers goes to Portugal.
Goalkeepers in This Offensive World Cup Match Will Be Tested
The edge when it comes to goalkeeper has to go to Portugal’s Eduardo. He has yet to scored on in two World Cup matches and he will get a world class workout in this match from an aggressive Brazil World Cup team. Eduardo’s two clean sheets came against the Ivory Coast and North Korea, so some would say he yet to be tested in World Cup competition.
Julio Cesar, the Brazilian goalkeeper, has given up a goal to a hapless North Korea team (their only goal in the World Cup) and a goal to Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast. Cesar will have to step it up several notches to keep pace with the aggressive Portugal strikers. The edge on goalkeepers goes to Portugal.
Brazil’s Defense is Good but is Portugal’s Defense Great?
Brazil plays a finesse game on offense and defense and Portugal has been on lock down on defense so far in this World Cup. To be honest, this match will not feature much defense as both teams will be focusing on their style for the knockout rounds already. This could be an exhausting match for both teams and possibly the most exciting World Cup match of the tournament.
Final Breakdown of Brazil +125 vs Portugal -145
Portugal is favored by the Las Vegas Hilton Superbook and for good reason. Heading into this World Cup match, Portugal has the momentum and the horses to break Brazil in this match and send a message to the rest of the World Cup competitors. Brazil could step up to the call after being dubbed the underdogs in this match and play for pride. This match will be fun to watch and Portugal at -145 is the best bet to win.
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