Ghana v Australia Odds, Tips and Recommendations

17th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
World Cup Previews & Predictions

Backing the Black Stars for bright World Cup betting outcome

Ghana, the only African nation to pick up three points from the first round of group matches, will again be feeling the pressures of expectation as they go up against underdogs Australia in their second match. The Black Stars seemed to be heading towards a comfortable 0-0 results against tough European side Serbia in their first match, until the Serbian’s capitulated in the last fifteen minutes. A red and a cheap penalty, gave Ghana the chance they needed to walk out of the match victorious. Striker Asamoah Gyan dispatched the penalty with great aplomb, giving the African nation, a somewhat surprise victory, considering how hotly the Serbians had been tipped in World Cup betting odds. Not that Ghana really outplayed Serbia or anything, but the strengths of Ghana were again evident, even though they were missing their star midfield man, Chelsea’s Michael Essien. Ghana are an organised, solid side, which like to control the ball and pass it around. They are not a cautious side, but a sensible one, which knows how to apply pressure to the opposition in a careful manner, without exposing themselves at the back. Ghana are a relatively young side, and they have not been afraid to draft in their young stars this year, as the nation continues to grow as a football power. They have been living under the shadow of the Ivory Coast, simply because they do not have as many household name stars as the Ivorians. But that does not mean Ghana are pushovers, and in fact, they play more of a controlled European style than any other African nation. This has rewarded them well, with some impressive performances, and for a young, growing side, there is clearly potential there. Now a six point total after their opening two matches is a real reality for Ghana, a victory which put them in great standing to reach the second round. The Aussies are battered and bruised after taking a hammering from Germany, and Ghana should be ready to pounce, and press home their clear advantage in quality, composure and style.

Ghana World Cup Betting: Ghana really should beat Australia, but it probably will not be by a big margin to be honest. The African’s do not look that explosive of a side, but good enough to be good 1-0 winners. They do have the edge in youth and enthusiasm, and should be able to use that to their advantage. They will know that they were lucky to come out of their first match with all three points, and may again have to work just as hard to get the next three. They will have the legs over the slower Aussies, as well as superior passing skills, which all points to it being a comfortable, if not expansive Ghana win.

Ghana World Cup 2010 Stats
Played: P1, W1, D0, L0
GF/GA: 1/0
Cards: Y2, R0
Most Shots: Asamoah Gyan, 5
Top Scorer: Asamoah Gyan, 1
Shots/On Goal: 16/3
Fouls Committed: 15
Total Passes: 467
Pass Completion: 73%
Last 5 Form: LLLWW

Aussies look for a way back from German bombardment

Australia simply did not show up and perform in their opening group fixture against Germany. A red card for Everton’s Tim Cahill did not help their cause much either, as they were outplayed, outclassed and outscored by an impressive looking German side. The Socceroos lost 4-0 and would probably have been hanging their heads in embarrassment at their display on the world stage. While rank outsiders in the group, they would not have expected to be such pushovers, as the green and gold are known for their defensive approach to the game. The Aussies like to tackle hard, and defend staunchly, and even though their style is not the prettiest to watch, it is one which has worked for them up until now. Now they must find a way to shake off the disappointment and find a way to get three points against Ghana, even if it means a radical shake up of the team. But the question is, is there enough quality in the team to even compete with one of African’s top nations? On the evidence of their first match, the answer to that would be no, and while they may not get as constantly exposed by Ghana, who will take a more cautious and calm approach to the game, the Socceroos will know that they are underdogs. Something needs to be done to change that on the team sheet, but what can Australia really bring to football’s premier global tournament? They will be missing the key figure of Cahill, who is now serving a one match ban for his indiscretions against Germany, and now Australia will really be struggling to find any positives to take with them into the Ghana match. Cahill’s absence will illustrate further the major problem with Australia, that they lack the punch and firepower up front to go out and outscore teams. Aussie Coach Pim Verbeek has mighty task on his hand in getting his side to rebound back from that defeat. There is now the problem of having to go for a win, which could expose them further at the back.

Australia World Cup Betting: If you are looking and believing that the Aussies can get something out of this fixture and keep their World Cup 2010 hopes alive, then you will be best served by backing them in an Asian Handicap with a plus advantage. There’s probably no need to go too big, as Ghana don’t look as if they have a lot of goals in them. Anywhere from between +1 and +2 goals should give decent value for backing the Aussies. It is hard to see where the goals will come from though for the Socceroos, and a draw is probably the best they can hope for, even though that really won’t be good enough for them.

Australia World Cup 2010 Odds
Played: P1, W0, D0, L1
GF/GA: 0/4
Cards: Y3, R1
Most Shots: Two players, 2
Top Scorer: N/A
Shots/On Goal: 10/2
Fouls Committed: 19
Total Passes: 530
Pass Completion: 72%
Last 5 Form: DWWLL

Ghana v Australia Betting Odds

Australia to win: 3/1 at SkyBet
Draw: 5/2 at Stan James
Ghana to win: Evens at Bet365

Asian Handicap Betting Tip: So, would back the outcome of Ghana winning this one, even if it is just by the odd goal. The Aussies, will, hopefully from their perspective, have tightened up, but still look goal shy. Therefore one of the best value bets for this one is
Ghana -0.75 Asian Handicap for 7/5 at Paddy Power
 

 

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