William Hill US Reports That US Gamblers Overwhelmingly Back The United States Against Portugal

Published on June 22nd, 2014 5:41 pm EST

Today's match between the United States and Portugal is being called the most important football game in the history of the United States.

The reason? A victory for the United States today would guarantee them passage to the knockout stage. Football has been growing in leaps and bounds in the United States over the past decade or so, and a strong performance by the US national team in the World Cup would take the game to even higher levels.

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One thing is for certain - American punters overwhelmingly believe that the United States will defeat Portugal later today.

According to William Hill US, which runs over 100 sports books in Nevada, US gamblers are taking the United States to win by an overwhelming margin. Here is a Tweet from William Hill's official Twitter account:

"Breakdown of pre-match bets (# of tickets) across our 100 Nevada Sports Books and phone app: 77% #USA win, 14% draw result, & 9% #POR win."

The odds for the United States to win are admittedly quite juicy - here is the current betting line for the contest:

USA, 4.50
Draw, 4.33
Portugal, 1.75

Cristiano Ronaldo has been battling knee issues through the tournament and looked frustrated during Portugal's contest with Germany. If Ronaldo is not completely healthy against the United States, there is a chance that the US may pull off the upset.

In addition, given all of the strange results in the tournament so far, would you really be surprised if the United States did manage to pull off the victory?

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