Serbia v Ghana Best Odds, Tips and Recommendations

12th June 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
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Vidic Leading Serbia To World Cup Success From the Back

Apparently the bold Manchester City are preparing to launch an optimistic bid for Serbia’s star defender, and Manchester United player Nemanja Vidic. Vidic will captain his side against Ghana on Sunday, in one of the most intriguing first round of matches. This action takes place in Group D, which should be a close run thing with Germany in the mix as well. England fans from Group C will be keeping an eye on the proceedings from Group D, as the winner from each plays the runner’s up of the other in the second round. This is a chance to scope out the two potential opponents who will face England in the first knockout stage of the competition. To be frank, neither of them would make particularly easy opponents for Fabio Capello’s men, and this should be stern test of each of their abilities in the crucial race for a qualifying spot from the group. Serbia are a strong physical side, but have drawn much praise for their technical abilities with the ball. They were, perhaps, the most surprising team of the European qualification zone, as they beat France to top spot in their group, looking solid and strong along the way.

The Serbians will be confident as well as aggressive in their approach to this match, which neither team can really afford to lose in such as tight group. Coach Radmir Antic has done a fantastic job in taking the national side forward, with Vidic at the heart of the defence. Serbia also boast familiar names such as Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and Dejan Stankovic, so they have a good core of players who are plying their trade at the top European domestic level. Up front they have a Peter Crouch-esque figure of Nikola Zigic (who has signed for Premier League side Birmingham next season) and he will play a large part in the focus of the Serbian attack. The main spearhead of the Serbia attack will be winger Milan Jovanovic, who netted five times during qualifying, and is a spark of inspiration, and one player to watch out for in the tournament. Serbian netted an average of 2.20 goals per match through qualifying, and the solid defence leaked just eight. The strength of Serbia is in their organisation and their technical ability. Sure they may not be World beaters just yet, but they are perhaps one of the most promising of the emerging nations.

Ghana Ready For Life Without Essien

There is a little twist in this one as Ghana have a Serbia coach. Milovan Rajevac has a great tactical mind on him, and has not been scared to work with the excellent crop of youth that the nation is starting to produce. Both of the qualification hopes of these nations rest on this match, with Germany favourites to top the group, so both need to get off to a good start. Naturally the support should favour Ghana, who were trounced by Holland in an international friendly as part of their build up. The Ghana side should be a tough one to break down, and in an understated way are a stronger, more organised unit than the Ivory Coast, who everyone seems to back as being the strongest African contender. Ghana have always had a little more composure, but lacking the clinical thrust of the Ivory Coast, and it was their strength in depth, and using their youngsters to fill in for an injury ravaged first eleven, that took them to the final of the African Cup of Nations earlier in the year. Yes, Ghana will be missing their talisman Michael Essien in the engine room, as he lost his battle against fitness, but the Africans are not short of quality with a lot of strength in midfield still. That will be where the key battles are won, and their ability at the back to deal with Serbia’s height.

The goal scoring responsibilities will fall on their history making youngster Asamoah, the scorer of Ghana’s first ever World Cup goal. It is he who will be charged with getting past the solid back line of Serbia, which is led by Manchester United’s Vidic. The Vidic v Asamoah battle should be worth keeping an eye on. Ghana are a good side, but the only question about them in this match, is whether or not they will have enough punch in the crucial areas to break down an incredibly organised Serbia side? Certainly the bookmakers are leaning towards the Serbians as favourites for this match, as they enter the tournament full of confidence and labelled with being the strong dark horse of the competition. There is a massive amount at stake in this first match, and the Serbians should just edge it with a little extra creativity in going forward from the midfield, and their big, strong defence. Expect Jovanovic and Zigic to be quite influential during the match, and if Serbia get their noses in front, it could be a long afternoon for Ghana.

Serbia v Ghana Betting Odds and Stats

Last 5 Matches
Serbia 4, Cameroon 3
Serbia 0, Poland 0
Serbia 0, New Zealand 1
Algeria 0, Serbia 3
Serbia 1, Korea Republic 0

Ghana 1, Latvia 0
Netherlands 4, Ghana 1
Bosnia 2, Ghana 1
Ghana 0, Egypt 1
Ghana 1, Nigeria 0

Last 5 Match Goals
Serbia: 8 For, 4 Against
Ghana: 4 For, 7 Against

Recent Stats

Serbia: P50, W25, D13, L12 with a 50.0% win percentage
Ghana: P37. W18. D7, L12 with a 48.6% win percentage

World Cup Stats

Serbia: P40, W16, D8, L16, GF62, GA56 (Serbia/Yugoslavia)
Ghana: P4, W2, D0, L2, GF4, GA6

Last 10 Match Form


Match Odds

Serbia to win: 6/5 at Bet365
Draw: 23/10 at SkyBet
Ghana to win: 14/5 at Boylesports

Asian Handicap Betting Tip:
Serbia should be the stronger of the two sides, although it could be a mighty tough encounter. The conservative option is Serbia -0.25 at 5/6 at Paddy Power, or backing Serbia a little more on Serbia -0.75 at Bet365 is well within the realms of possibility and therefore profit. Whichever way, would lean on Serbia not losing.

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