Portugal contest the so called "Group of Death" in this year’s World Cup but this should not put punters off Carlos Queiroz’s side which has enough talent to go along way in the competition .
Cristiano Ronaldo is still one of the world’s top players and a prolific scorer and will relish the chance to impress on the world’s biggest stage as will Nani who impressed for Manchester United this season , whilst in defence Portugal boast a rock solid centre pairing in Ricardo Carvalho and Bruno Alves .
Qualification this time was not easy for Portugal however this was mainly down to a suprising home defeat to Denmark in September 2008 .
Portugal improved as the qualification campaign progressed and ended with five straight wins (including play offs) .
Portugal can be one of the dark horses of this tournament and Coral’s quote of 16/1 outright is more realistic of their chances than the 28/1 which is available with Bet365 and Sportingbet amongst others .
Skybet are the only bookmaker to offer 8/11 for Portugal to qualify from Group G whilst the 7/1 available from Betfair for Portugal to reach the semi final could turn out to be decent value .
The first games in Group G are Tuesday 15th June when Portugal take on the Ivory Coast .