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16 June 2014

In a weekend where Spain and Uruguay were both well and truly beaten, there could be another upset on the cards on Monday.

Germany, the 2006 hosts, take on Portugal in Salvador in what is anticipated to be one of the closest games of the tournament thus far.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Third Place team, Germany, are priced at 10/11 while the Portuguese are 16/5 and the draw is 5/2.

Joachim Low’s side are unbeaten in their last 11 matches. During that time they have seven wins to their name and four draws. 

Likewise Portugal are in just as good form. They have only lost one of their last 11 matches – and that was an international friendly against Brazil. 

Cristiano Ronaldo, who is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world, is the 4/1 favourite to score first against Germany. 

However, there is a slight concern over his fitness as he’s missed a couple of training sessions earlier this month.

Mesut Ozil, who scored seven goals for Arsenal last season, is due a goal for the national side. He last found the back of the net in October 2013 for Germany and he is 5/2 to score at any time on Monday evening. 

Germany have won the past three meetings between the two sides – two of which have come by one goal.

Mario Gomez scored the only goal at the 2012 European Championships while Germany edged out Portugal in a five-goal thriller at Euro 2008.

SkyBet are offering odds of 11/4 for Germany to win by exactly one goal – just as they have done on the past two occasions while it’s 28/1 that Portugal will win by exactly three goals – replicating the winning
margin of Euro 2000 when they last beat Germany. 

The second game on Monday sees Iran take on Nigeria in Curitiba.

Nigeria are the 10/11 favourites, despite the African side not winning any of their previous eight World Cup matches. Iran are the outsiders at 100/30 while the draw is 5/2.

The African side, who finished bottom of their group at the 2010, feature a number of top players who currently ply their trade in the Premier League. 

Former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi is 13/2 to score first against Iran, while Nigeria are also 8/1 to win 2-1.

Iran have only suffered one defeat in their last nine games and on paper their form looks second to none. However, they could come unstuck against a Nigeria side that are used to facing higher quality teams. 

While Nigeria have been facing sides like the USA, Greece, Scotland and Ghana, Iran have been coming up against the likes of Thailand, Lebanon and Kuwait. 

On the SkyBet website there is a price boost and you can currently get Peter Odemwingie to score first and Nigeria to in 1-0 or 3-0 at 18/1.

The final game on Monday sees the United States of America take on Ghana

The USA who are managed by German legend Jurgen Klinsmann are slight underdogs (2/1) for the 11pm kick-off on Monday as they play the team that made it to the quarter finals in 2010 (7/5). The draw is currently priced at 12/5.

Ghana have faced the USA in both the last two World Cup’s and on both occasions they have won 2-1. The official betting partner of the Football League, SkyBet, is offering 9/1 for Ghana to win a third successive meeting between the two sides 2-1.

Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey is expected to have a strong World Cup campaign and they are offering 55/1 for him to score first and the USA to win 2-1.

The last time Ghana played in the World Cup they were controversially knocked out on penalties. 

If fate is to repeat itself this time around Ghana are 20/1 to miss a penalty. 

There are three games on Tuesday and some countries play their second matches. 

Hosts Brazil will be expecting to make it two wins in as many games when they play Mexico at 8pm.

As expected Neymar shone for Brazil in the first game of the tournament last Thursday, however, he was extremely lucky to remain on the pitch after a wild arm caught an opponent in the face.

Brazil are 30/100 to maintain their 100% start to the World Cup while Mexico are 9/1 to get one over the hosts. The draw is 4/1.

The 2002 World Champions last played Mexico almost a year ago in the Confederations Cup. 

That night they won 2-0 and Neymar and Jo scored.

A scorecast for Neymar to score first and Brazil to win 2-0 comes in at 12/1. 

Having started the last game on the bench, Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez will be looking to score his first World Cup goal. 

He is 11/1 with SkyBet to score the final goal of the game on Tuesday evening. 

The World Cup hosts have won three of their last four games to nil. 

They are priced quite short again this week (11/10) to keep a clean sheet – despite there being quite a bit of nervous defending against Croatia. 

Belguim (4/9) get their campaign under way on Tuesday evening when they take on Algeria (7/1) in Belo Horizonte at 5pm. The draw is 3/1.

Many tipsters are predicting a strong campaign for Belgium who have a vast array of talent in their ranks. 

Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne are all expected to have strong World Cup campaigns after having impressive 2013-14 seasons.

Lukaku is (11/4) to open the scoring while Hazard is (5/1) to score first and De Bruyne is 12/5 to score at any time. 

As they are the odds on favourites for the game Belgium are priced at 9/1 to win the game 3-0.

The European side are on a 10/1 double for the win and Vincent Kompany to score at any time.

The final game on Tuesday to take place is between Russia and Korea Republic.  

Russia are the slight favourites at 21/20 while Korea are the outsiders at 5/2. 

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp is predicting a draw, which is priced at 3/1 while a 1-1 stalemate is 9/2 on the betting.

As there have already been quite a few penalties in this World Cup it is 50/1 that both teams will score a penalty. 

Tournament Tips: 
GROUP A: Brazil v Mexico: Neymar to score first and Brazil to win 2-0 – 12/1
GROUP F: Iran v Nigeria: Nigeria to win 3-0 – 16/1
GROUP G: Germany v Portugal: Miroslav Klose and Cristiano Ronaldo both to score – 9/2
USA v Ghana: Asamoah Gyan to score first and the match to end 1-1 – 25/1 
GROUP H: Belgium v Algeria: Romelu Lukaku to score first and Belguim to win 4-0 – 45/1
Russia v Korea Republic: Russia to win either 3-0, 3-1 or 3-2 – 17/2 

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