Brazil has already clinched a spot in the knockout round while Portugal has basically done the same although mathematically Ivory Coast is technically alive. Brazil is the favorite in World Cup odds in this match on Friday that can be seen on ESPN.
2010 World Cup betting favors Brazil in every match they play so it is not a surprise to see them favored against Portugal. It may not be easy for Brazil though since they will have to play without Kaka. Portugal could also be missing one of their better players as Deco could be out due to an injury. Portugal is coming into this match with a lot of confidence after destroying North Korea 7-0 in their last match. Portugal didn’t mess Deco at all in the win over North Korea. In fact, his replacement, Tiago scored twice and had an assist.
The top spot in Group G is a very important one since the second place team might have to face Spain in the knockout round. Even though Brazil is very good, they would rather not have to face Spain until later in the World Cup. Portugal is now confident that they can win the group and defeat the powerful Brazilian team on Friday. Tiago said that the team is looking forward to playing Brazil and winning the group.
Portugal could be primed for another big effort now that they seem to have found their scoring tough. Cristiano Ronaldo finally scored a goal and that may open up the flood gates for him. It still won’t be easy against a very talented Brazil team. Brazil has talent throughout their lineup and even without Kaka, they are capable of winning.
Brazil can win Group G with a draw while Portugal needs a win. Ivory Coast is mathematically alive but they would need to win over North Korea by a huge margin and then hope that Portugal gets routed by Brazil. Neither of those outcomes seems likely. The match between Portugal and Brazil can be seen on ESPN beginning at 10 am Eastern time on Friday while at the same time it will be Ivory Coast vs. North Korea on ESPN 2.