Ghana vs Germany – Germany can pip Black Stars to last 16
Ghana and Germany enter their final match – Wednesday at 7.30pm – with both sides vying for World Cup survival.
With Group D living up to its pre-tournament billing as the most competitive group of the World Cup, all four sides still have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.
Ghana are currently top of the group – they are 3/1 to win Group D – but they are far from guaranteed a place in the second round. They need at least a draw to secure their passage to the round of 16.
And having opened their World Cup campaign with a flying 4-0 win against Australia, Germany’s wings were clipped by their 1-0 loss to Serbia. Joachim Low’s side, however, are still a convincing 4/9 to finish top of Group D.
Miroslav Klose was sent off during that defeat, so the Bayern Munich striker will miss the pivotal fixture with Ghana through suspension.
Before their defeat to Serbia, Germany had won four games in succession and they are a convincing 8/15 to be victorious against Ghana.
Ghana, meanwhile, have recorded three wins from their last five matches, and they should not be taken lightly. They have only conceded once in their last three outings, and a defence led by John Mensah will be difficult to break down.
Whether he plays as a winger or a centre-forward, Germany’s Lukas Podolski is always a threat, and the Köln player is 9/2 to break the deadlock.
Ghana have yet to score from open play, with both their goals coming from penalties. The scorer of both, Asamoah Gyan, is seen as their best hope of scoring first at 8/1.
Germany’s ability to score from anywhere on the pitch makes them the likelier victors, and if the likes of Podolski and playmaker Mesut Ozil fire, Low’s men will be well set to seal their place in the last 16.