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World Cup Round of 16 – Portugal versus Spain

Written by Gaby Varji   
Monday, 28 June 2010 20:45

Portugal versus Spain betting oddsIn the summer months, the world of sports betting may seem a bit slow. Baseball is daily, and it is never too early for NFL betting; but this year fans are getting incredibly excited because of the quadrennial soccer tournament held in South Africa.You can bet on World Cup, the most popular, anticipated and arguably exciting sports competition on the globe.  Only 10 teams are left of the original 32, with plenty of surprises, and as the round of 16 comes to a close, it is time to look ahead to World Cup quarterfinals betting.

The final two spots for the quarterfinals will be filled tomorrow, the last of which is between Spain and Portugal.  The winner of the battle of Iberia will take on the victor of Japan-Paraguay, both of whom will be considered underdogs to either Spain or Portugal.  Thus a win on Tuesday likely means a path through to the semifinals.  With the offensive capabilities and sheer talent on display, neither team can afford to look past their opponent.


Cristiano Ronaldo will lead a Portugal team that finished second in their group, behind tournament favourites Brazil. Group G, instantly labled the group of death, failed to live up to the tension and expectations.

An injury to Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba hurt the teams chances of succeeding in their opening match, and drew nil-nil with Portugal.  The Ivory Coast lost to Brazil 3-1 in their next match, while Portugal dismantled North Korea 7-0, thereby all but crushing the hopes of an Ivory Coast comeback due to goal differential.  With second place clearly in hand, Portugal played defense against Brazil, drawing nil.

So, while the stats show that Portgual has netted seven goals, including a talented play by Ronaldo, all those goals were against one lowly ranked team. Neither them nor Brazil played with their stars or played hard, so that game cannot be judged.


Spain, meanwhile, overcame an opening match 1-0 upset against the Swiss to win their next two games and the group.  Indeed the first game showed some rust, as well as some bad luck, and the Spanish have surely found their form, beating Honduras handily 2-0, and Chile 2-1. One question though, is still Francisco Torres, who continues to recover from a leg injury that had kept him off the pitch for months.


Betting lines: Spain are heavy favourites, though both teams are expected by many to make the finals.  It is much sooner a matchup than either team hoped for, but this game will surely be one of the most excited so far. Ronaldo and company are far too talented to have the odds so high against them.  Many games in this tournament have proven its unpredictability, and there is no telling what missed call or injury or red card will quickly turn the tide. Ronaldo can turn a game, and it is a good beat to place your hopes on him and ride Portugal to the quarterfinals.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 June 2010 20:43
 
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