They always knew it was going to be difficult against Germany but Australia certainly didn’t expect the onslaught of goals that has left them bottom of Group D and in desperate need of a confidence boosting result against Ghana. Pitted against Serbia in their first group game, Ghana looked confident and full of energy and received a fully-deserved slice of good fortune when Serbian defender Zdravko Kuzmanovic needlessly handled the ball in the penalty area to allow Asamoah Gyan to score the winning goal from the penalty spot late in the game.
Ghana vs Australia Betting Odds:
Over 2 (+100)
Under 2 (-115)
While Australia were outplayed against Germany, many teams will go through the same experience at this World Cup when they come up against the powerhouse German team and Coach Pim Verbeek will have to pick up his players for their second Group D game which looks winnable for the Australians.
During the game against Germany, Australia allowed too much space in front of their defense which meant that Mezut Ozil was allowed the freedom to pick out passes when Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose ran in behind their static markers. Lucas Neil and Craig Moore were the main culprits responsible for the poor defending against Germany and unless they improve drastically, Australia could be looking at two straight defeats to begin their South Africa 2010 campaign. If Australia are to avoid a repeat of the Germany game, they have to ensure that their defense is well marshalled and Asamoah Gyan’s forward runs are monitored closely.
It is difficult to pick out any positives for Australia from the game against Germany, but the performance of Carl Valeri will have given many fans hope as he displayed the kind of aggression and work-rate that, if replicated by his teammates, could keep Australia in this competition beyond the group stages.
Ghana’s energetic performance against Serbia has placed them in a great position to qualify for the second round of the competition. Asamoah Gyan was the danger man for the Black Stars throughout the game and hit the post twice as well as scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot. On the left flank, Prince Tagoe offered Ghana a creative outlet and his speed and determination when running with the ball were a constant problem for the Serbian defense. Also impressive against Serbia was Kwadwo Asamoah, who showcased his superb energy levels by influencing play at both ends of the field, helping to take Ghanaian minds off their injured talisman, Michael Essien. The big weakness in the Ghana team appears to be goalkeeper Richard Kingson, who looked nervous on crosses against Serbia, and with Australia’s team including several players that are over six feet tall, this could be an avenue the opposition will try and exploit.
Confidence is so important at this level of soccer. With billions watching and the pressure on, Ghana go into this game on a high after defeating a very good Serbia team. The boost of an opening day win combined with superior energy levels within their athletic team should see Ghana overcome Australia and continue their impressive World Cup Form.
Ghana vs Australia Match Prediction: Ghana 1 – 0 Australia.
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