Ghana vs Australia – betting tips, match prediction and preview

World Cup BettingThe second match at the World Cup on Saturday will be played between Ghana and Australia in Rustenburg at 15:00 BST. Australia is under pressure before the match after their crushing 4-0 defeat to Germany, while Ghana picked up three points in their first match against Serbia.

Match Preview

The experienced Australian squad was witness to a football lesson against the youngsters from Germany. This time they face the youngest team at the World Cup, Ghana, as they try to get back in track. In the first match the Socceroos was severely punished for their effective 4-6-0 formation, which has lead to hard criticism in the media of coach Pim Verbeek. The decision to play with midfielders Tim Cahill and Richard Garcia as attackers created a shamble in midfield and caused pressure in the back from the team lying to low in the field. Since then rumors of discontent with the coach within the squad has made things worse, as regular players Mark Bresciano and Josh Kennedy have been frustrated by being left out in the defensive formation against Germany.

Ghana’s win against Serbia secured the first three points to an African team and was a confidence boost to the young Ghanaian squad. Unfortunately for Ghana, Germany’s loss against Serbia yesterday has opened Group D wide open before the last round, which essentially forces Ghana to take three points again today. They have a hard group final match against Germany and a win would take them closer to the last 16, as they could settle for a draw in their final match.

Team Updates

Australia will surely make changes after their embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Germany. The red card to Tim Cahill forces him out, which is another hit to the Australian’s for the match. He will likely be replaced with Harry Kewell, who might be joined by Josh Kennedy in front. In addition their defensive midfielder Vince Grella will not recover for the match from his knee injury.

The Ghanaian’s have no reported injuries at the moment, which mean they are likely to pick the same 11 starters, who played against Serbia.

Ghana vs Australia betting tips

Our betting pick will be Ghana as outright winner at odds 2.15 at 888 sports.

Although we witnessed an Australian collapse in the first match, they can play better and must be hungry to justify their presence in South Africa. However we pick Ghana to win in light of their first matches and the problems between the Australian squad and coach Pim Verbeek. Neither their offensive problems nor the ones within the team will likely be resolved before this match. At the same time they are considered the weakest team in the group, even though their head to head stats shows four wins and two loses against Ghana. On the other hand Ghana is filled with confidence and need three points before their final game against Germany. Our match prediction will be a small Ghanaian victory by 1-0 or 2-1 as likely results.

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