World Cup betting: Portugal faces Group of Death Odds

Ok, there is no double that Portugal has a good squad led by, arguably, the best striker in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo, but can he lead his squad to World Cup glory?

The Portuguese have a tall task this time around, as it will be their second World Cup in a row playing in the Group of Death.

Ronaldo and company advanced to the round of 16 in the last World Cup and they have a tall task getting there this summer with the likes of Germany, USA, and Ghana in their group.

Yeah, they are definitely in the Group of Death. In terms of the odds Bet365 has Germany as the odds on favorite to win the group at -200 with Portugal at +275, Ghana at +1100 and the USA at +1200.

Like in 2010 Portugal may finish second in the group. That will mean they will have to play a group winner in the round of 16, which they did in South Africa losing to eventual champion Spain 1-0.

Ronaldo is definitely the key to the Portugal quest for their first World Cup, but he has help. Raul Meireles, Fabio Coentrao and Edinho are there with him to help on offense and they have a good midfield.

Still, the defense may be the issue as well as the contributors, since opposing defenses will key on the Real Madrid star.

In European qualifying Ronaldo showed shy he may be THE best player on the planet. Portugal was drawn with a tough Sweden squad in an international tie. He scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win in Sweden in the first leg and in the second leg he netted a hat trick to help his country advance to Brazil.

Even with Ronaldo odds makers are not giving Portugal much of a chance, as they are posted with odds to win the trophy at +3300. Ronaldo may be good, but while he has talent around him it may not be enough.

However, he, along with Brazil’s Neymar, have the second best betting odds to win the top goal scorer after Argentina’s Lionel Messi.

The current Ballon d'Or trophy holder has a La Liga title, is currently in the semifinals of the Champions League, and has all the individual accolades, but odds makers are not giving him much of a chance to lead his country to success this summer.