Ronaldo’s Well-Being is a Focus in U.S. vs Portugal Match

  • Updated: June 22, 2014
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    World Cup Odds – USA +376 Vs Portugal -121

    By Charles Jay

    Now that Germany has slipped by Ghana in the second game of group phase action,. the lines are pretty much drawn, and the battle that determines who advances to the elimination (or “knockout”) phase of the World Cup finals will take place on Sunday, as the United States team, feeling very good about itself after beating Ghana and thus gaining some measure of revenge for the last two World Cup losses that eliminated it, squares off against a Portugal squad that may be hurting, but will still take the field with one of the premier players in the world.

    Christiano Ronaldo will be waiting for the Americans when World Cup betting action at Chinese Bookie gets underway on Sunday at 6 PM ET at the Arena de Amazonia in Manaus.

    There is little question among soccer followers at Chinese Bookie that at least some of coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s attention has been paid to figuring out how to neutralize Ronaldo, and whatever game plan he has come up with will likely be the key to whether the U.S. advances to the next round of competition.

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    There is no player the Americans could meet during this tournament who could be a more prolific goal scorer. Ronaldo has scored 51 goals in 47 games, and is the reigning world player of the year. While no player can do everything by himself, Ronaldo is the guy who could probably come closest, and though he won’t necessarily have the support of Fabio Coentrao, who is expected to miss this game with an injury, or red-carded defender Pepe, the #4-ranked team in the world should be able to find some way to compensate.

    But could they compensate if Ronaldo is not close to being 100%?

    In the World Cup betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at Chinese Bookie, the Portuguese team is a rather solid favorite:

    The World Cup
    USA vs. Portugal
    Sunday, June 22 – 6 PM ET
    Arena de Amazonia, Manaus

    Betting Odds – Handicap Line:
    Portugal -1/2, -125
    United States +1/2, +110

    Betting Odds – Moneyline:
    Portugal -121
    United States +376
    Draw +282

    Total:
    Over 2.5 (-113)
    Under 2.5 (-102)

    Why might Ronaldo not be close to 100% Well, it is because there are knee issues, lingering for weeks, that probably affected his play in the 4-0 loss to Germany and may yet hinder him for this game. When a player of Ronaldo’s prominence is hurt in the midst of the biggest spotlight in the world for his particular sport, there are going to be a lot of rumors spread on the internet, and there have indeed been reports that Ronaldo’s doctor has advised him to drop out of the tournament. That report has been refuted.

    But it IS known by sportsbook soccer bettors that he is wearing an ice pack, although teammates have spoken to the press about Ronaldo’s fitness for this game, citing the rest in between games and his verve during workouts. “If he’s training it means he’s probably well physically,” said forward Helder Postiga at a press conference.

    That might not sound to Chinese Bookie customers like the most confident declaration but there is little choice for the Portuguese as they go into this game. He’s playing, no matter what they have to do to get him ready. Hugo Almeida, who’s got some muscle pulls in his thigh, is a question mark for this game – there have been reports that they are going to get him ready to play. The same can be said for goalkeeper Rui Patricio.

    The United States has its own injury difficulties to worry about; Jozy Altidore, one of the team’s top scoring threats, is out of this game, while Clint Dempsey, who scored the quickest goal in U.S. World Cup history against Ghana, will presumably play with a broken nose. John Brooks, the hero in the opener against Ghana, where he scored the winning goal, may see extended action, as Klinsmann needs firepower.

    Get the most extensive selection of World Cup betting possibilities, as well as the ability to wager during the game with Live Betting Extra – it’s all at Chinese Bookie!

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