Germany v Ghana Preview: Tips & Betting Odds, Wednesday, 23rd June (Group D)

22nd June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Germany v Ghana Betting Odds

Germany to win: 4/7 at Ladbrokes
Draw: 10/3 at Boylesports
Ghana to win: 11/2 at Bet365

Germany

At the end of the English season, Chelsea’s Michael Ballack was brought down in a rough tackle by Kevin-Prince Boateng in the FA Cup final. The subsequent injury kept Germany’s captain from taking part in South Africa 2010, and now his country will take on Ghana in the battle for top spot in Group D. Not only that, Germany will come up against Boateng at the heart of the Ghana midfield, but Boateng will face his brother Jerome, who is in the German squad. While the Germans are not out to look for any revenge, it could mean that there will be an extra effort going into the midfield tackles, as the two side battle for supremacy. Germany, after losing their second group match to Serbia 1-0, need to take all three points from the match to ensure qualification. They currently sit one point behind Ghana in Group D, but there is a big threat coming from Serbia who will be expected to take maximum points in their final match against Australia. This leaves things very tight for the two qualification places from Group D, and the blow of losing to Serbia will probably have injected just a little more determination in to the German side.

Coach Joachim Low saw his side get off to a blinding start, crushing Australia 4-0. But a missed penalty by Podolski, and a red card for Klose in their second match, saw them lose initiative in Group D. The winner and runner up from Group D will go up against the qualified sides from Group C, England’s group, so there is a huge amount of interest here, as there is a hint of a Germany v England match up in the second round if results go a certain way. Germany will know that they need to push on, and they will be prepared for a physical battle from Ghana. Low has assembled the youngest squad at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and they play with a lot of adventure and enthusiasm, qualities which could trouble any side. It should certainly trouble Ghana, as Germany will carry the bigger goal scoring threat into the match, with Brazilian born Cacau likely to start up front in the absence of Klose. There does not seem to be any panic coming out of the German camp about their situation, and they will be confident. They have the youthful legs and energy to run all day, but will that missing touch of experience which would have come from Michael Ballack, cost them dearly?

Germany World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W1, D0, L1
GF/GA: 4/1
Cards: Y5, R1
Most Shots: Lukas Podolski, 9
Top Scorer: Four players, 1
Shots/On Goal: 31/14
Fouls Committed: 29
Total Passes: 1188
Pass Completion: 79%

Ghana

Do Ghana have the fitness levels to keep up with Germany when it comes down to the closing matches of this vital World Cup match? There is probably not another team which have higher fitness levels than the disciplined Germans, and that really could pay off in the long run for the European side. While Ghana have one of the youngest sides at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, they are drafting in two of their most experienced heads for the crucial encounter. John Mensah and Isaac Vorsah should be back at the heart of the Ghana defence after missing their draw against Australia. The draw against the 10 men Aussies could come back to haunt Ghana if they lose to Germany, for that will, more likely than not, cost them a place in the second round. Ghana top Group D by one point over Germany, but need a win to be assured of getting through, as Serbia will be a major threat in the final qualification places in the group. Ghana just have the edge in the standings at the moment, and will enter the match knowing that a point will see them through, but they cannot rest on their laurels and sit back too much. There is a fine line between success and failure.

Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac
has built a solid Ghana team and has put a lot of faith in his youth, who he used freely at the African Cup of Nations this year. Ghana reached the finals there, but lost to Egypt. Realistically there will be a lot less pressure on Ghana to get through, than there will be on Germany. It is Germany with all of the World Cup history to protect, and Ghana are still considered to be one of the strong emerging nations on the world scene. Both sides are young, energetic and it should be a tough physical encounter. Ghana are not naturally as expansive as the Germans should be, but they will dig in deep and will perhaps have to soak up a lot of pressure, as Germany will be pushing harder for the three points. One point will suffice for Ghana, but it may not secure them top spot if Serbia win as expected. Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan is a hard worker up front, and he will be charged with exposing the Germany back line. It won’t be easy and there is an air of unpredictability due to the inexperience of both sides. This should have been a good match up between Germany’s Michael Ballack and Ghana’s Michael Essien. Both Chelsea men are missing from the tournament, and which team will miss their influential captain the most?

Ghana World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: W1, D1, L0
GF/GA: 2/1
Cards: Y5, R0
Most Shots: Asamoah Gyan, 11
Top Scorer: Asamoah Gyan, 2
Shots/On Goal: 38/9
Fouls Committed: 37
Total Passes: 968
Pass Completion: 75%

Asian Handicap Betting Tip: This could be a tight match with a huge amount at stake. From a World Cup betting point of view, you would naturally lean towards Germany, as they have shown more as an attacking side than Ghana have. Ghana are a solid, tight team though and will be hard to break down. A draw is a plausible outcome here but would lean towards Germany for the win.
Germany -1.75 for 21/10 at Bet365

 

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