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The United States could virtually assure themselves of making it through the ‘group of death’ with a victory over Portugal on Sunday. The men’s national team won a thrilling match over Ghana in their World Cup Opener on Monday 2-1.
It was an up-and-down performance for the Team USA, getting off to a blazing start behind forward Clint Dempsey’s goal just 30 seconds into the game. From there, the U.S. held on to the lead for the next 83 minutes until finally breaking. Ghana drew it to 1-1 and it looked as if the United States was heading for one point. That was until a few minutes later went World Cup rookie John Brooks headed in a corner kick to put the United States up for good. The very important 3 points puts the U.S. in fine shape through one match.
For Portugal, it went about as badly as it could against Germany in their opener. A 4-0 loss that included a red card one of their best players Pepe caused the team to play a man down for the entire second half. Not only that, he will miss the game against the U.S.
The United States is not without its own injury problems though. Forward Jozy Altidore left the game 25 minutes in due to a hamstring strain. Altidore was ruled out of Sunday’s game against Portugal. In addition Altidore, Matt Besler also had some hamstring issues, and Dempsey broke his nose on a kick to the face.
This still adds up to Portugal being the favorite according to 2014 World Cup betting lines available at Bovada Sportsbook. There are a variety of different match wagers that can be made on this one.
The initial betting line sets Portugal as a one-goal favorite, though the payout on this spread would profit far less on the side of the United States at -180 ($1.80 wins $1) versus +150 for Portugal ($1 wins $1.50).
On the money line (straight up wager to win) there is quite the disparity between USA and Portugal. A wager on the United States in the role of the underdog is paying out 3/1 (+300). A bet on Portugal is going off at -125 ($1.25 wins $1). The payout on a draw is also 3/1.
Outside of these payouts, there are a handful of betting lines that Bovada has formed, installing Portugal and the United States as favorites. this gives those looking to wager the opportunity to grab a favorable payout that best matches how they see the outcome of the match going.
Below, check out all of the U.S. vs. Portugal betting odds that LatestBettingOdds.com displays from Bovada.
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