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Ghana v USA – Former Spurs man to lead USA to opening win

| 14.06.2014

If either Ghana or USA have ambitions of playing last-16 football at this World Cup then a win here before facing Portugal and Germany in their last two matches is of vital importance.

Ghana touched down in Brazil in patchy form, while all the talk surrounding the USA’s build up to the tournament surrounds their coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to axe Landon Donovon.

With neither side at their most serene, there’s still a chance to earn some cash from their clash. Here’s the best three bets:

USA to win at 19/10

So their most renowned player may not be there, but the USA remain in remarkable form even though Donovan isn’t among their 23.

Over the course of their last 24 games, Klinsmann’s side have lost just three times and drawn a further two.

With a host of World Cup competitors left in their wake over the course of that run, the American’s will surely be confident of a opening game win.

Clint Dempsey to score at any time at 9/4

With Donovan gone, all the attacking responsibility from the USA’s point of view falls to Clint Dempsey.

The former Fulham and Spurs striker scored eight times in qualifying to lead America’s scoring charts and has 37 goals from his 105 appearances too.

Ghana goals under 0.5 at 2/1

Their final World Cup warm-up game aside, where they beat Korea 4-0, Ghana have been pretty goal-shy for some time.

They didn’t register a single goal in any of their four games prior to that Korea win and didn’t score more than once in any of their previous 10 matches.

Even in their trail-blazing route to the quarter-finals four years ago, the Black Stars only registered five goals.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.