With the Ballon d’Or winner having declared himself 100 per cent fit for Portugal’s game against Germany, Al Hain-Cole investigates what we can expect from him tonight
The whole of Portugal breathed a huge sigh of relief on the eve of their World Cup clash with Germany, when Cristiano Ronaldo insisted he is ‘100 per cent fit’ to play.
With Die Mannschaft priced at just 23/20 (2.15) to come out on top, Paulo Bento’s men will need their star man to be at his best if they are to pull off a shock win at odds of 11/4 (3.75), or even a draw at 9/4 (3.25).
Having struck eight goals in 10 games in qualification, the Ballon d’Or winner is the 4/1 (5.00) favourite to open the scoring and on offer at just even money (2.00) to strike anytime.
offering to refund all first goalscorer bets should the match finish 0-0, that 4/1 (5.00) price is certainly not to be missed on the Real Madrid man breaking the deadlock for the fifth time in six international appearances.
Furthermore, an astonishing return of 11 goals in his previous eight matches for the national team mean odds of 13/2 (7.50) are also worth considering on him grabbing at least two for the fourth game in seven internationals tonight.
In fact, Germany’s less than convincing recent defensive record suggests that odds of 25/1 (26.00) may even be worth a shot on the 29-year-old hitting a sensational hat-trick for the third time in five competitive international appearances.
Such a feat would certainly guarantee that Ronaldo walked away with a Man of the Match award to go with the match ball, and at 12/5 (3.40) he is the clear front-runner to collect that honour.
Portugal’s record goalscorer has added a number of his 49 goals from the penalty spot, and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on the referee pointing to the spot in this match.
Odds of 25/1 (26.00) on the Selecao missing from the penalty spot are testament to Ronaldo’s reliability from 12 yards, with a successful conversion priced at 17/2 (9.50).
However, such is the Real Madrid star’s all round brilliance that odds of 3/1 (4.00) are more than reasonable on him scoring from outside the box, on a night when Portuguese dreams rest firmly on his shoulders.
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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.