Group G is shaping up to be an all-European affair at the World Cup, but this can only mean better betting opportunities for punters and international bookies and sites in Brazil.
It seems that most experts and fans have already made up their minds about Group G at the upcoming World Cup. With Germany, Portugal, Ghana, and the USA, this one is often referred to the “other” Group of Death. Looking at the odds at online sportsbooks in United States the first place is expected to be fought for between the two European teams here.
This leaves the United States and Ghana to battle it out for the respect and dignity of not placing bottom of the group. However, the reason we love football is that anything can happen in those 90 minutes. That’s why those who bet on sports in the USA are still backing their team, and the odds for them are pretty impressive.
World Cup betting Group G
The respective 1.12 and 1.50 odds for Germany and Portugal to qualify for the last 16 can be found at any self-respecting online sportsbook including betting sites in Brazil. Looking at 3.60 odds for USA, and 3.75 for Ghana to qualify for the knockouts it becomes clear that the race is really a 2-horse one.
Betting on Group G at World Cup
• Germany and Portugal will compete for 1st place in the group
• Many online sportsbooks in USA are already accepting bets
• Ghana and USA can both surprise experts and bookies
In terms of winning the group, Germany is the clear favorite with 1.50 odds under American gambling laws, moreover, they are third in line to win the World Cup with 7.00 odds. During their last three meetings, Germany beat Portugal on all three occasions. No surprise that Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. are considerably behind with a line of 3.75 to win Group G, while USA got 12.00 odds, and Ghana – a line of 13.00.
Betting on who places bottom of the group can be a smart wager here. The Germans are very strong and are one of the teams expected to go all the way, while Portugal’s recent super-form suggests the other two teams simply have no chance of qualifying.
The odds on either Ghana or USA placing last are pretty much the same: 2.10 and 2.20 respectively. Punters can of course predict other outcomes as well. Bet365 says Portugal will place last with 7.50 odds, while the chances of Germany placing last in Group G are equal to 34.00.
Leaving Die Mannschaft and the Selecao to their own business of topping the group and receiving a weaker opponent in the last 16, let’s take a look at Ghana v USA battle. Back in 2006, Akwasi Appiah’s men beat the Americans in the group stage, and last time around, in South Africa, Ghana celebrated a last 16 triumph over the Stars and Stripes. Naturally, USA will be eager to pay back the debt in Brazil.
Looking at the most interesting odds it’s not surprising to find the big gap in group forecast market. Germany and Portugal going through to the last 16 will pay at 1.62, while Germany and either USA and Ghana – at 5.50 odds at various sports betting sites in Brazil.
The odds on the event where Germany packs up and goes home after the group stage are of course higher. Portugal and USA qualifying brings a 15.00 payout, Portugal and Ghana – 17.00 odds, while Ghana and USA proving everyone wrong will pay at huge 67.00 odds.
As for the dual forecast market, it’s natural to see the Ghana 1st and USA 2nd as well as the reverse result, as the best payout outcomes with 126.00 odds. USA winning with Portugal second pays at 51.00, while Ghana 1st and Portugal 2nd – at 41.00 odds.
Portugal topping the group with either USA or Ghana going second delivers a 21.00 payout at the bookies. And the same line of 21.00 is given for Germany placing 2nd while either Ghana or USA win the group. Germany going top and either Ghana or USA squeezing through pays at 8.00, while Portugal 1st and Germany 2nd delivers a line of 4.50. The most expected result is Germany 1st and Portugal 2nd – 2.50.
Considering the strength of the favorites it’s no surprise that Group G are one of the favorites to become the top scoring one. In fact the 5.50 odds on this event are third among all World Cup groups.