The pick of the first round of matches sees one of the tournament favourites Germany take on Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal. But which side will strike first blood in what is certainly the “Group of Death”? Read on for our thoughts and the latest betting odds.

With Ghana and USA also vying for one of the top two spots in Group G, getting a win here could be vital. Germany are clearly the favourites (given Portugal had to rely on a play-off win over Sweden to make it to Brazil) and Joachim Low’s side look fair value at betting odds of 19/20 with Sportingbet.

Germany might struggle in the heat and humidity of the north east of Brazil (where they play all three matches) but we think they will still be too strong for Portugal who are simply too reliant on Ronaldo.

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