World Cup Group G Preview



While there are a few tough groups in the World Cup, Group G is being considered the “group of death” by many pundits. It is going to take a big effort just to get out of this group. 

Germany

World Cup Group G Odds: -200 to win Group G

Consider this: in their last five major tournaments (three World Cups, two European Championships), the Germans have finished second or third each time. They have been knocking on the door and this is a great chance to win their fourth World Cup. Germany is driven by a monster of a midfield which can defend and score goals, but there are questions at the back as keeper Manuel Neuer has had some shoulder issues, and the back four has been inconsistent at times, especially in big games. Germany has the horses to go all the way; can they finally cash in on their close calls?

Ghana

World Cup Group G Odds: +1000 to win Group G

Ghana will be out to build on their quarterfinal exit in South Africa and the man leading the charge is striker Asamoah Gyan, who missed a critical penalty in that match with Uruguay. Ghana also has a surprisingly good midfield, even with Michael Essien on the downside of his career. But like most African teams, their weaknesses come at the back as there isn’t a lot of quality or experience in goal and along the back line. The Black Stars could be very entertaining to watch, but it might not translate into success. 

Portugal

World Cup Group G Odds: +245 to win Group G

Cristiano Ronaldo did everything to carry Portugal to the World Cup, even scoring a hat trick in a win-or-go-home playoff against Zlatan Ibrahimovich’s Sweden. He also carried a huge load with Real Madrid en route to a Champions League win, but it could cost Ronaldo, who has struggled with knee and thigh problems recently and that could destroy Portugal’s hopes. No team depends on a single player like this one does, and even though they have talented players like Joao Moutinho and Nani, not to mention a solid defense, Portugal will only go as far as Ronaldo can go.

United States

World Cup Group G Odds: +1100 to win Group G

The United States have a lot of storylines coming into this World Cup. They are the underdogs of Group G, manager Jurgen Klinsmann took a ton of heat for leaving veteran Landon Donavan home, and they would love to avenge their last two World Cup exits at the hands of Ghana. Klinsmann is also a former German player and manager and he would like to stick it to them, then you have all the off-pitch stuff between the two countries. The Americans could be a real thorn with a quality keeper in Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey leads a decent group of strikers up front and Michael Bradley is a powerhouse in midfield. But like most of this group, the Americans have some defensive issues that need to be worked out, but since everyone else does, they could be in good shape. Winning the group might be out of reach, but the USA is going to be a tough out in Group G.