Betting Odds & Prediction for Uruguay v Ghana – World Cup Quarter Final
Uruguay v Ghana Betting Odds
The South Americans are one of four teams from the continent left in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Will it be two all-South American semi finals? It’s a little unlikely, but Uruguay themselves will have a lot of belief that they will be one of them. Uruguay’s early World Cup history is rich in success, winning the world’s premier football tournament twice in their history. Since then they have always seemed to live in their shadow of their former successes, and coming into the tournament, there looked to be nothing different as they were the final team to secure their place at South Africa 2010. After coming out on top of Group A against France, Mexico and South Africa with three wins out of three, Uruguay moved to the Quarter Finals after beating South Korea 2-1 in the semi finals. There has been criticism levelled at the South Americans about the fact that they are a bit negative in their approach to their game. But where Portugal have shown the bad side of negative play in the tournament, Uruguay are showing the positive sides, as they have hit six goals in their four matches, with Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez firing the South Americans forward. What Uruguay do very well is keep a narrow formation in the centre of the pitch, and that pushes teams wide, which then means that Uruguay soak up the pressure well when crosses come in. The other side of their 4-3-3 formation, with Forlan, Suarez and Edinson Cavani making up a three pronged attack, is they have a lot of power in breaking forward.
The forwards do drop back and help out in tightening up the midfield, and that makes them a hard team to play through. What Uruguay seem to do is sit back and wait for their chances. While the are happy in soaking up pressure, while they are happy to concede possession to their opponents, they find a lot of strength in it, simply because they are so strong in attack. Uruguay also have a lot of composure in their team which means that they do not panic. They have no apparent problem in flicking the switch and moving up a gear if they find themselves in trouble. They have not come under a lot of pressure at the back to be honest, and are yet to fall behind in the match. In their last sixteen match against South Korea though, they found an extra gear once the Asian nation had equalised, which allowed them to push on and find the winning goal. That came from having three forwards on the pitch at all times, even if they do not all work in forward positions all of the time. Uruguay have a great work ethic and visibly fight for their team’s cause on the pitch. This gives them a lot of strength, and naturally coming from South America, they are tough tacklers when needs must. They are one of the surprise teams of the tournament, but do not be surprised to take another step forward into the semi finals. While they have not been a flowing or exciting team to watch, they have their qualities which have made them very interesting to follow. They will have been fantastically happy with their draw and now they need to make the most of it.
All of Africa’s 2010 FIFA World Cup hopes rest on the shoulders of Ghana. Ghana will be hoping that the South African fans get behind them, and help them to make history by becoming the first African team to make it to the semi finals of the World Cup. They have made it this far with a certain degree of style, without having ever put a side really to the sword. They rode their luck in their opening group match against Serbia, failed to press home a man advantage against Australia, and then lost to Germany in their final group match. Ghana have played well though, and actually gave Germany a good run for their money. Because of the young side they have, they are able to play the game at pace, which troubles most opposition. They are quite proficient in getting down the flanks as they run with more of a general 4-4-2 formation, and that is exactly what will be required against Uruguay. Their opponents will not leave a great deal of space in the middle of the park, and area where Ghana like to knock the ball around, so getting some width into their game will be all important. They are bold and brave side and can exploit even the smallest of spaces because of their speed. Perhaps their finishing is the only thing which lets them down.
Coach Milovan Rajevac does has some selection problems with some of his defensive corps, as Samuel Inkoom and John Mensah are on the injury table. That’s not great news as Jonathan Mensah is suspended for the match, along with midfielder Andrew Ayew. Forward Kevin Prince Boateng is also struggling for fitness and is a serious doubt because of a hamstring problem, while star striker for the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan is probably going to be fit after picking up a knock on his ankle during training. Inexperienced, yes? Youthful, yes? Overwhelmed? No. Fortunately they have a strong hand guiding them, and this is a young team which reached the finals of the African Cup of Nations at the start of the year. Ghana’s youth system both produce and find a lot of talent, which apparently can make the step up to the top level of world football without too much hassle. They are now the great hope of Africa, and they too will know that this is a great opportunity for them to make history. They will look at the other three quarter finals and see tough, high pedigree teams in there, and when they turn and see Uruguay, they will be respectful, but confident. Inflated confidence does not appear to be too much of an issue for Ghana, not with Rajevac in charge. Gyan is the fulcrum of the team in attack, and again it will fall on his shoulders. Do they have the patience to break down what is a tough, dogged and very well disciplined Uruguayan defence. The longer the game goes on in parity, the more they may get edgy and make a mistake. Ghana were also taken through extra time by the USA, will that count against them as they take on the fit South Americans?
Uruguay v Ghana Betting Prediction: Uruguay to win by 1 goal 11/4 at Bet365
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