Group D is one of the more difficult groups to call. Serbia and Ghana find themselves alongside Germany and Australia, in a group line-up that promises some surprises. Serbia qualified for South Africa 2010 by finishing top of a European group featuring France, Romania and Austria. While Milovan Rajevac‘s Ghana team secured their place in South Africa with a 100% record in the final group round of African qualification.
Serbia vs Ghana Odds for June 13th World Cup Match:
Over 2 (-120)
Under 2 (+105)
Ghana have suffered a huge pre-tournament loss to their line-up with Michael Essien (Chelsea) being ruled out of the World Cup with the knee-injury that has kept him out of club action since January 2010. In his place, Ghana will be looking towards the likes of the combative Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan) to lead the charge from central midfield. Milovan Rajevac‘s team play a hard-tackling and fast brand of football, that worked so well for them under previous boss, Ratomir Dujkovic, and caused a stir during the 2006 World Cup tournament in Germany, with Ghana beating the likes of the United States and the Czech Republic on the way to the knockout stages of the competition, where they eventually lost to Brazil. This time around, the Black Stars, without their midfield anchor, Essien, will be hoping that young prodigies such as the skillful striker Dominic Adiyiah (AC Milan) and fast-paced right back Samuel Inkoom (Basle) can take center stage in South Africa and deliver on their undoubted potential. Ghana’s weakness in previous tournaments has been in defense, where errors have been costly at key times and could be their undoing again in South Africa 2010.
Serbia have been fantastic in qualifying and have brought a squad to the World Cup which is certainly capable of making the later rounds of the competition and causing problems on the field for the very best teams in the world. Defensive leaders such as menacing powerhouse Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United) and young hot shot Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund) will provide the steel backbone to a very skilful and industrious Serbia team led by legendary coach Radomir Antic. Midfielder Dejan Stankovic (Inter Milan) is the one of the best passers of a ball in the modern game. While wingers, Zoran Tosic (Manchester United) and Milos Krasic (CSKA Moscow) with their dribbling ability, will be a constant menace to the opposition. The only slight weakness within this Serbia team is in the goalkeeping position where regular number one Vladimir Stojkovic is coming to South Africa after a poor season with Wigan Athletic in the Premier League and the likes of Andjelko Djuricic (U.D Leiria) and Zeljko Brkic (Vojvodina) are relatively untested at international level.
Bookmakers put Serbia as clear favorites for the game between the teams in Pretoria, and it’s hard to argue with that. The Ghanians have a powerful team but they will struggle with the trickery of Serbia’s midfield as the likes of Stankovic, alongside a strong Serbian forward line, will prove too much for an inconsistent Ghana team without their main man, Michael Essien.
Serbia vs Ghana Match Prediction: Serbia 3-1 Ghana.
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