Germany take on Portugal in Group G when two football heavyweights clash on the biggest stage in world football.
Germany have a good record against Portugal in their previous nine encounters they have won five matches, lost just one, and drawn three games. These wins included games played against Portugal in Euro 2008/2012 and the 2006 World Cup. You have to go as far back as Euro 2000 for a Portugal win, when they beat Germany 3-0 in the group stage through a hat-trick by Sergio Conceicao.
There have been no draws so far and don’t expect that trend to change with this game. The attacking threat posed by both teams should deliver lots of goals, much to the delight of neutral fans.
Unlike Spain, who along with Germany were one of the favourites to win the tournament but failed miserably in their opening game losing 5-1 at the hands of the Netherlands, Germany should live up to their hype and start strongly in this game.
Previous encounters have been fairly close but expect Germany to win this one. Germany are the odds on favourites to win the group with Portugal expected to finish second and there is no reason to suggest this result should be any different.
Coral is offering 6/5 for Germany to win. Even though Marco Reus is out of the squad due to a broken ankle suffered in their final warm up game, there still is a lot of quality in the German squad, who were undefeated in qualifying finishing top of their group.
There are likely to be some changes in personnel, as captain Philipp Lahm is favoured to replace Bastian Schweinsteiger in the midfield. Partnered with Thomas Muller, the Germans should control possession with Mesut Ozil playing a more forward role. If Ronaldo is the lone striker it could be difficult for him to score goals in this game. I think it goes without saying that Portugal’s chances of success in the 2014 World Cup rest heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo and the service he gets.